Sometimes people are at risk of being injured in a motor vehicle accident even if they are not driving or in the vehicle. Such was the case for a New York taxi cab driver who was killed when a motorist struck his cab. The cab driver was struck by his own vehicle as he was standing in front of his cab at the moment a driver in a Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the back of his cab. The car accident took place at approximately 2 a.m.
The force from the Nissan’s impact caused both cars to hit three parked cars, causing minor injuries to another driver. The cab driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His body fell near a parked vehicle after the impact caused his body to be thrown into the air.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the driver of the Nissan was speeding and the engine was racing. One witness reported overhearing the driver explain to the police that the accelerator was stuck. Another cab driver stated that the Nissan almost hit his cab as he was letting out a passenger, and a little while later he heard the loud crash.
New York authorities say that alcohol did not play a role in the car accident. Although it appears that no charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the Nissan, the victim’s family may wish to consult with legal counsel to determine if someone can be held liable for negligence. A thorough investigation of what may have caused the accelerator to stick may open a case worth pursuing against the manufacturer of the vehicle. If the decedent’s loved ones successfully litigate a wrongful death suit, they may be awarded compensation to cover financial hardships resulting from his death.
Source: New York Daily News, “Cabbie killed in Manhattan car accident,” Vera Chinese, Erik Badia and Barry Paddock, Jan. 20, 2013