A cabdriver involved in a New York taxi accident that resulted in the amputation of the leg of a British tourist, has blamed a bicyclist who he says banged on his car and behaved aggressively towards him, for the accident.
The bicyclist is a messenger who is being dragged into the accident that has made headlines in the Big Apple. According to reports, the cab ran up on the curb, and struck the British tourist, a 23-year-old woman who had just arrived in the city on holiday. The woman suffered serious leg injuries, and had to have her leg amputated.
According to the taxi driver, the messenger had behaved very aggressively towards him, and had banged his car just before the accident. The cab driver claims that the noise startled him, and he slammed on the accelerator pedal, running up the curb.
Investigators are particularly looking at the role of the bicyclist / courier messenger in causing this accident. Not surprisingly, the taxi driver’s federation, are rooting for the taxi driver, and are making claims about the dangers of speeding bicyclists on the roads. According to the Federation of Taxi Drivers, taxi drivers are often in danger from speeding bicycles.
California bicycle accident lawyers have recently found a very disturbing trend in which bicyclists are being blamed for accidents that often don’t even involve them. There seems to be a very hostile attitude that targets bicyclists, and this sort of attitude is being seen not just in California, but across the country. Bicyclists are a very vulnerable section of the population in that there are very few loud voices advocating the rights of bicyclists, and protecting them during incidents like these.