Pedicab Crackdown Makes Manhattan Streets Safer

A leading Manhattan personal injury lawyer is praising New York City’s recent crackdown on pedicabs as an excellent way to curb motor vehicle accidents.

Online PR News – 14-December-2009 – New York, New York – According to George W. Ilchert, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Lurie, Ilchert, Mac Donnell and Ryan, LLP (, a Manhattan personal injury law firm that fights for the rights of accident victims throughout New York, city streets are safer now that officials are cracking down on pedicabs. A pedicab, more commonly known worldwide as a rickshaw, can be traced back to Asia and is basically a tricycle that transports its passenger short distances.

"For years, there were countless pedicab operators taxiing passengers around New York City without any safety rules in place and without insurance,” says Ilchert. “This made for a very dangerous situation on the streets of Manhattan, putting its residents and visitors in danger of personal injury as the result of prevalent accidents involving pedicabs.”

Ilchert says that before the city’s recent crackdown, there were as many as 1,000 pedicabs on the streets of New York at any given time. As a result, the number of accidents and personal injuries increased. In an effort to regulate pedicabs, which are popular among tourists visiting New York City, officials have added rules requiring pedicab operators to install headlights, seatbelts, and working brakes.

“Although there have been no reported fatalities with respect to accidents involving New York pedicabs, both passengers and drivers have been injured in accidents,” says Ilchert. “If these new rules can save just one life or prevent any further personal injuries, it is absolutely worth it.”

Established for more than 50 years, Lurie, Ilchert, Mac Donnell & Ryan LLP, is a New York Injury Law Firm located at 475 Park Avenue South (32nd Street) New York, NY, 10016, specializes in representing victims of all types of accidents including construction injury and demolition, falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, automobiles, trains, and busses, babies with cerebral palsy and other brain damage, general medical malpractice, saws and electrical tools without guards, and slip and fall cases. For more information, call 1-800-679-4227 or visit

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