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Taxi crash tips for passengers

It is no surprise when accidents happen in New York City. With so much traffic on the roads, there's bound to be a taxi accident at some point. Unfortunately, this time involved you as a passenger.

Taxi accidents can happen at any time, day or night. Taxi drivers travel, on average, 70,000 miles per year. That's enough travel in a single year to make it around the world close to three times. With 485,000 trips taken each day, the statistics alone make it obvious how so many crashes could happen.

Interestingly, the average taxi trip is only 2.6 miles, so the likelihood is that if you get into a crash, it's going to be close to home or to your destination. Over 600,000 passengers ride in taxis each day in New York City alone.

What should you do if you're in a taxi crash?

The first thing you should do after any kind of crash is to find out if everyone involved is okay or if there is a need for medical help. It's a good idea to go to the hospital regardless of how you feel to make sure you don't have injuries that have not yet surfaced. Due to the adrenaline in your body, you might not notice some injuries right away.

After you call for emergency help, it's important for everyone to stay at the scene. From there, you'll either travel privately or by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. The police may arrive to take a statement from each person involved in the crash. The taxi driver's name and license information will be recorded as well.

As a passenger of a taxi, you may be able to pursue compensation through a few means. First, you may be able pursue a claim from the taxi driver or the driver's company, since you suffered an injury while in his or her vehicle. Next, you might have a claim against the driver who struck you if he or she caused the accident. It's worth looking into your options, since you may have a right to seek compensation from one or both parties. This compensation could help you cover medical bills, lost wages and provides you with money for the injuries you suffered and how they've impacted your life.

A taxi crash isn't uncommon, so insurance companies are familiar with the steps they'll want to take to go through with a settlement. Make sure you don't sign until you know it's the right offer for you.

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