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An attorney for a 24-year-old tourist from Great Britain who lost her left leg and almost her life in a grisly tangle with a New York City taxi driver has filed a notice of intent to sue the city for $27.5 million. The cabbie first collided with a bike messenger at West 49th Street and 6th Avenue before jumping the curb and crashing into the young woman as she ate a hot dog in Midtown Manhattan. The suit will allege that the driver, a Bangladesh immigrant, should not have been behind the wheel of the hack on the day of the Aug. 20 crash, as he had accrued seven points for alleged reckless driving and other traffic violations and should have had a suspended license.

The agency that oversees the city's cab drivers, the Taxi & Limousine Commission, blames a computer glitch which caused them to lose track of thousands of taxi drivers throughout the city who had amassed enough points to cause 30-day license suspensions. In November, the district attorney's office of Manhattan concluded its two-month investigation and found the hack driver was not criminally liable for the accident, although a spokeswoman for New York City's Law Department says a review of the claim is pending by the agency.

A passing plumber applied his belt as an emergency tourniquet, staunching the blood flow and ultimately saving the young woman's life.

In most cases, points against one's driver's license won't be a contributing factor in such a gruesome case, but New York drivers should always avoid accumulating points through traffic violations, which can cause auto insurance rates to spike, costly fines and other inconveniences. Should you receive a traffic ticket, you have the right to challenge it in court. An aggressive attorney familiar with the city's traffic courts and laws can assess your situation and present a vigorous defense on your behalf.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Taxi victim Sian Green will file $27.5M lawsuit against New York City" Barbara Ross and Larry McShane, Dec. 10, 2013

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