Pedicab NYC accident — Pedicabs

Pedicab NYC accident

Four Hurt When a Pedicab Slams

When a pedicab operator crashed into a yellow cab in Brooklyn injuring two of his three passengers, a debate that had been on the back burner was in the news again. Pedicab operators, up until now, have been driving the streets of New York City unregulated ⎯ and causing injuries. Like other vehicle operators on our city streets, they should be held accountable for the harm they cause.

If you were the victim of a pedicab accident in New York City, contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. at (516) 342-2200 or complete our online form today to discuss your case with us.

As pedicab advocates were quick to point out, if the city had been enforcing pedicab safety regulations passed in 2007, the unfortunate incident would have probably never have happened. In the meantime, pedicab operators have been weaving in and out of traffic in one of the busiest cities in the world – without licenses or safety precautions for their passengers.

The safety regulations, which were passed in 2007, would have required that pedicabs:

  • Obtain a license through the city;
  • Carry clearly visible fare cards similar to those in taxis;
  • Carry no more than three passengers at a time;
  • Be equipped with seat belts;
  • Refrain from traveling in bike lanes and on bridges and in tunnels;
  • Carry insurance.

The law was stalled when it became the subject of a lawsuit between the city and pedicab owners, due to a cap on the number of pedicab licenses set at 325. Estimates are that there are between 500-1, 000 pedicabs operated in New York City, so the cap was cited as potentially putting a majority of pedicab operators out of business. The courts ruled in favor of the pedicab owners just before the unfortunate accident, opening the door for the city to pass new regulations.

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Cyclist Owes $625 After Running Red Light Without A Bell  — Gothamist
That's when the notices really started coming in—alerting her that her drivers license was suspended, as was her (already expired) pedicab license, in addition to a warrant for her arrest. The total for the two tickets was also raised to $625.