In bustling metropolises like New York City, New York, residents and visitors have no choice but to engage with commuters all the time. The streets are never empty, and pedestrians are often forced to walk among and around large vehicles. And while many become accustomed to the routine of navigating around cars on the street, most would agree that the sidewalk is usually the safest place for people moving on foot. Sadly, though, accidents do happen and sometimes there is nothing anyone can do to protect themselves from being involved in car accidents. A recent incident that took place on the streets of New York illustrates how taxi accidents can result in a fatal chain of events.
Five people required emergency care and had to be transported to area hospitals after being involved in a multivehicle collision recently. According to authorities, the incident occurred when a box truck was forced up onto a sidewalk after being hit by a taxicab. A woman standing on the sidewalk was reportedly struck by the truck.
Tragically, the 65-year-old pedestrian reportedly succumbed to her injuries. According to witnesses at the scene, the pedestrian was struck by the box truck on the sidewalk because the taxicab allegedly hit the truck on its side even though the truck had the right of way.
Two people involved in the accident were receiving medical care and two people that were in the taxi were reported to be in critical condition. It’s not officially stated whether or not the driver of the taxi is responsible for causing the fatal accident. Furthermore, it’s not known if the box truck did, in fact, have the go-ahead on the street.
Source: NY Daily News, “UPPER EAST SIDE CRASH: 1 dead, 4 injured after taxi slams into truck and runs over a woman,” Thomas Tracy, November 11, 2013