Many people who do not live in the City of New York may have never heard of Dollar Vans, which are sometimes also referred to as dollar cabs or gypsy cabs. In fact, if you live close to the subway throughout the City, you may never have heard of, and may never need to use the service provided by Dollar Vans. But for many people who live in NYC, far away from the convenience of the local subway lines, often referred to as the “subway desserts,” the use of Dollar Vans is commonplace. In fact, in mid-2018, The New York Times ran an article titled, “Inside the Dollar Van Wars,” chronicling this underground, cutthroat industry, where different Dollar Van operators fight for passengers and their fares.
According to the Times article, these Dollar Vans may pick-up as many as One Hundred Thousand (100,000) riders per day. Based on the sheer number of riders, accidents involving these dollars vans are bound to occur. These vans carry commuters relatively short distances and they may need to swerve across multiple lanes of traffic to pick-up and drop off passengers. The frenetic pace at which these vans move throughout the City will undoubtedly lead to accidents. These accidents may injure the driver of the car or pedestrian struck, but can also injure the Dollar Van passengers if they get thrown in and around the Dollar van traveling throughout the City. These Dollar Vans are known to shuttle commuters from the Manhattan side of the Manhattan bridge to Chinatown in Flushing, Queens, and Chinatown in Sunset Park Brooklyn while other vans skip Manhattan altogether and shuttle riders between Queens and Brooklyn.
What Should I Do If I’m Involved In a Dollar Van Accident?
If you’re caught up in a Dollar Van or gypsy cab accident, the first thing you should do is remain calm and do your best to make sure that police and emergency medical personnel are called to the scene. Get immediate medical treatment if you feel as though you are in pain. If possible, get the plate number of the vehicle and also get a description of the driver and their name if possible. If you’re a passenger, try to get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of your fellow passengers so you have their information in case you need them for witnesses later on. If you’re a bicyclist, pedestrian or operator/passenger in a car struck by a Dollar Van, gypsy cab or dollar cab you should likewise try to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
If you are struck by a Dollar Van in New York City, or if you are injured while riding as a passenger in a Dollar Van, gypsy cab or dollar cab, contact Manhattan Car Accident Lawyer Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. at 212-240-9465 or go online.