Joe Stallings, 38, Critically Injured In Queens Hit-And-Run Collision By 43rd Avenue and 37th Street
QUEENS, NEW YORK (February 19, 2022) – A man identified as Joe Stallings, of Harlem, was critically injured in Queens yellow taxi car accident by the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 37th Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:50 p.m. on January 14th. Joe Stallings was attempting to walk across the intersection when a yellow taxi hit him at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the taxi temporarily got out of his vehicle as the victim struggled to get to the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the driver of the yellow taxi fled the scene and was chased by witnesses.
An ambulance arrived at the scene and took Joe Stallings to Elmhurst Hospital. He told reporters he sustained four fractured ribs and a serious knee injury. NYPD officials initially investigated the case, but they have not been following up with the victim.
Joe Stallings said that he began working with a business partner delivering pastries to coffee shops in Ralph Lauren stores. The accident has cause him to lose business.
Any person that may have information about the yellow taxi driver that fled the scene should reach out to police.
Liability In Queens Hit-And-Run Yellow Taxi Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in New York hit-and-run collisions. As though this was not bad enough, the perpetrators have been facing fewer consequences. According to one report by the Gothamist, “During the first half of this year , there were 47 fatal or near-fatal hit-and-run crashes on city streets… Of those cases, the Collision Investigation Squad has made 11 arrests — a rate of just 23%.” For all hit-and-run cases in 2021, police officials arrested less than 1% of the responsible drivers. There are a number of factors that contribute to this.
- Some have argued that the NYPD don’t treat hit-and-run accidents as a priority.
- Hit-and-run collision investigations can be labor intensive.
- Many hit-and-run collisions lack witnesses.
All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Failure to exercise due care may amount to negligence. It is also illegal for a driver to flee the scene of any collision that results in bodily injury or death. Pursuant to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600(2), all drivers involved in a collision must remain at the scene and report the accident to police. They must also exchange insurance information with all affected parties.
Taxi drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. They must get a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are expected to do everything in their power to avoid collisions. Yellow taxi operators are also considered intoxicated when they have a BAC of 0.04% or higher. This compares to 0.08% for those without a CDL. There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to track down a hit-and-run driver.
- The NYPD tracks millions of vehicles across New York City. Data could be used to help pinpoint hit-and-run drivers.
- Fragments of a fleeing vehicle can be used to help identify the driver that fled the scene.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought. Many collisions are caught by local businesses. But they typically don’t give that footage over freely.
- An experience New York City car accident attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured due to the negligence of a Yellow Taxi driver may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is important that evidence is properly protected after any collision. Evidence is crucial to tracking down hit-and-run drivers. A New York city pedestrian accident attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Hit-And-Run Yellow Taxi Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Joe Stallings as he continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out to the NYPD. The driver responsible for this crash should look deep into their heart and do the right thing. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
Have you or someone that you love been injured by a driver that fled the scene of a collision? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need help with tracking down a hit-and-run driver we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.