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uber carThere were 1,672 car accidents involving for-hire vehicles in New York during the month of June this year compared to 534 in June 2014. There were also 5 fatal crashes involving these types of vehicles between the beginning of last May and the end of last June compared to 7 for the entire year of 2015. So far since the beginning of this year no yellow cab has been involved in a fatal vehicle accident. Yellow taxis are statistically safer for passengers.

The increasing popularity of car services like Uber, Lyft or Juno is the main factor for this worrisome increase in for-hire vehicles crashes . Drivers often do not have much experience and are distracted by multiple electronic devices installed in their cars as they are working for several companies at the same time. They are also subject to less vigorous enforcement as they are are blending into other traffic while yellow taxis are immediately recognizable.

Many clients agree that they don’t feel safe in a vehicle where the driver is constantly paying attention to his electronic devices rather than concentrating on the street.

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6th ave and west 19th streetA pedestrian was injured on Wednesday  in Manhattan after two cars collided and one of them careened into the woman who was crossing the street. The accident occurred around 10:00 am in Gramercy. The woman in her 40 was crossing the intersection of Avenue of the Americas and 19th street (google map picture on the left) when a yellow taxi and another car collided just next to her and one of the vehicles struck her. She was injured and bleeding according to the NY Daily News. She was transported to the hospital to be treated.

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methA reckless motorist who fatally struck a pedestrian and injured a few others in New York was convicted of murder. 35 year old Shaun Martin was high on Meth and PCP when in 2013 he sped down Second Avenue in Manhattan, NYC, jumped the curb and fatally hit a florist who was just coming home from his night shift. Two other pedestrians were also injured by the reckless driver. Shaun Martin is now facing life in prison. Read more in the NY Daily News

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Last year 342 car accidents in New York City were caused by fatigued or drowsy drivers and 626 by drivers who fell asleep behind the wheel according to NYPD statistics. Driver fatigue is often experienced by taxi and limousine drivers who are working long shifts without proper rest.

A study conducted by the National University of Singapore’s Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and published last year in the the Singapore Medical Journal shows that one in 3 taxi drivers participating in the study experienced driver fatigue. The study also found that the risk of dozing off unexpectedly was much higher after 10 hours of driving.

Symptoms of driver fatigue include trouble concentrating on the road, unexpected nodding, short term memory issues, longer time to react when facing a dangerous situation, yawning and rubbing eyes as well as unexpectedly drifting out of the lane.

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A woman was seriously injured in a car accident early Sunday morning. The accident happened in Norwood, Bronx, NYC. The woman collided with another car as she was turning on the Mosholu Parkway near Webster Ave. Rescuers had to remove the door of the car in order to save her. She was sent to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the other car was also injured and transported to the hospital.

During the same day, a yellow cab went through a red light and hit another car. The impact sent one of the vehicles careening into a man who was crossing the street in a motorized wheelchair. The accident happened at the intersection of  103rd Street and Broadway in the Upper West Side. The man on the wheelchair flew into the air. He was inured but remained conscious.

Read more in the NY Daily News 

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A van jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of West 39th Street and Seventh Ave. A witness said the van driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb while pedestrians were running to get out of the way. According to the same witness, the van almost hit a mother with a stroller. The injured pedestrian was transported to the hospital. He suffered serious injury but his life was not in danger. Read more in DNA

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location of the accidentA pedestrian was critically injured in New York after being hit and dragged half a block by a taxi on Thursday morning. 32 year old Meral Arisoy was on the sidewalk near the intersection of 8th Street and University Place in Greenwich Village when an out of control taxi crashed into a tree pot and then hit her. Her body got wedged under the car  and she was dragged down the University Place sidewalk for half a block before the taxi stopped. According to witnesses the taxi driver was speeding before he lost control of the vehicle. Read more in the NY Daily News

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A man was injured in a car accident in NYC this morning  after he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a private house.  23 year old Shirley Lucas and her 2 year old daughter were inside their house located on Bruckner Boulevard near Thierot Avenue in Soundview, Bronx when the accident happened. The car first crashed through a metallic gate located at the entrance of the property and then hit the brick wall of the house.  According to the NY Daily News The mother and the daughter weren’t injured but had to stay out of the house while Con Edison and the DOB were analyzing the damages.

Another man crashed in a Bronx building on Saturday night. He died in the accident. According to witnesses the 37 year old man was speeding east on Allerton Ave in the Bronx when he lost control of his vehicle. He first hit two parked cars and then a light pole before crashing into a dry cleaner store located at the corner of Barnes Ave.  The driver was transported to the hospital but he didn’t survive. Read more in the NY Daily News

Below is a Google Map Street view of the location of the Saturday night accident.

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Yellow_cabA taxi driver fatally ran over a woman who was lying on a New York City street and didn’t stop. At his arraignment he said he thought he hit a pothole, not a human being.

Saturday morning around 3:30 am, 68 year old John Bangura was driving his yellow cab on First Ave near 17th Street in Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan. For some unexplained reason, 44 year old Kenya Flores was laying on the ground when the taxi ran over her and dragged her briefly on First Ave. Before laying in the path of the taxi, Flores had laid down in a bus path.

According to the NY Daily News, witnesses saw the taxi trying to drive around a car who had stopped in front of him when he hit the woman.  He dragged her down the street and sped away.  Flores was taken to the hospital where she later died.

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new york taxi accident locationA woman suffered serious personal injury and a taxi passenger suffered head trauma after a taxi jumped the curb next to the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. On Sunday morning, 41 year old Melissa Bernard was walking on the 84th street sidewalk next to the Metropolitan Museum with Bowen, her two year old son. Ahead of them her husband, Adam, was pushing their one year old daughter, Colette, in a stroller. As they were walking toward Central Park, Melissa told the New York Post that she noticed a taxi driving at a high speed toward them. She grabbed her son to protect him. The taxi jumped the curb and landed on the sidewalk just between her and her husband. The taxi then hit a light pole. The light pole fell on Melissa’s back head and neck leaving her with severe injury and a possible concussion. The child was not injured. According to the Gothamist,the passenger who was in the taxi at the time of the accident also suffered head trauma.

Mohammad Miah, the cab driver told the police that he tried to avoid another taxi who had cut him off. Mohamad said the other taxi was driving in the bus lane. He didn’t stop after the accident. The police are still investigating the causes of the accident. No citations have been issued so far. Pictures from the New York post show that surveillance video cameras were located at the the site of the accident. They should help the police determine exactly what happened.

The picture on the left  is from Google Map. It shows the location of the accident. Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum and families heading to Central Park make this intersection a very busy spot. The taxi jumped the curb and landed against the fence of the Metropolitan Museum to the left of where the pedestrian with the red shirt is located on the picture.