Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Craniofacial injuries resulting from taxicab accidents in New York City 1996 Partition study

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       Ann Plast Surg. 1996 Jan;36(1):1-6.
       Craniofacial injuries resulting from taxicab accidents in New York City.

        Talmor M1, Barie PS, Shapiro D, Hoffman LA, LaTrenta G.
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      Taxicab accidents are a common occurrence in New York City. This review was undertaken to characterize the nature of craniofacial injuries that result from taxicab accidents. Data were collected on 16 patients who required admission to trauma or plastic and reconstructive surgery services, after sustaining craniofacial injury as a result of a taxicab accident. Front-end deceleration collisions were the most common mechanism of injury. Fifty-six percent of the patients were thrown against the bulletproof, Plexiglas driver safety divider and sustained an injury most commonly to the anterior midface. Both bony and soft-tissue injuries were common in the entire group. Complex facial fractures were sustained by 56% of patients, with nasal-septal fractures most common, followed by naso-ethmoid-orbital, anterior frontal, anterior maxillary, and Le Fort I and II fractures. Only 1 patient in the group was wearing a seat belt and that patient was a driver. Given the high incidence of cranio-facial injury, appropriate safety standards for taxicabs must be initiated, including the  reevaluation of the utility of the safety divider and mandatory seat belt use for rear-seat passengers.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TLC meeting 12/19/2013 video

In the  TLC 12/19/2013 video of the meeting, the TLC officials and members of the taxi industry demonstrate much ignorance.

Erhan Tunsel, League of Mutual Taxi Owners, said; "Injuries involved in the partitions in taxis are easily avoidable by simply buckling up."
How does a seat belt prevent the front seat occupants head from slamming into the partition in a rear end collision?

"when your taxi driver must come to a short stop, the partition of a Nissan MV 200 is going to hurt just as much if you're not wearing your seat belt."
Actually, more.

"I encourage you to join hands with the industry to find ways to promote seat belts, seat belt use in taxis to put an end to partition-related injuries."
100% use of seat belts will never be achieved nor will it prevent contact with the partition for front seat occupants in a rear end collision.

Ethan Gerber of the Greater New York Taxi Association was next. "Any measure which potentially may reduce passenger and driver injuries is beneficial,  but the cost/benefit must also be considered together with the likely chance as to whether the measure  would actually reduce or prevent injury. In this case, and the need for the proposed partition crash testing, there have been no anecdotal or reported cases of  injuries due to partition design or mounting failure, which could have been identified or prevented by crash testing. Therefore, crash testing would have played no role in the injury prevention."

There is no evidence that bullet resistance has caused any reduction in numbers of drivers being shot.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

partition design flaws

 I have been screaming about the connected dots of partition design flaw, partitions in taxis requirements, partition injury & death, disproportionate insurance increases and failure of municipal, state and federal regulators' failure to correctly address the issue, for over 35 years. The one dot that never gets connected by anyone except me is the partition maker. Car makers won't crash test a car screwed up by the TLC with an illegal partition. Most car makers assert that their products are not intended for taxi use in the first place. How is it that the arrows never get pointed at the partition makers? They are in collusion with the TLC. The objective is to disregard passenger safety - for hollow allegations of driver protection from assailants. Neither has ever been concerned about federal compliance. I prompted USDOT NHTSA "letters of warning" to taxi regulators and partition makers in 1984, about the need for compliance and certification of such. The TLC's first reaction to my concerns was to come up with the idea of 'the talking taxi box'. This would have a recorded advisement to 'buckle up', or ostensibly any injuries or death resulting from contact with the illegal partition is "ON" the victim. That is absurd. FIX THE PARTITION FLAWS! I did. I've offered a complying design for 30 years now. see steven-crowells.blogspot.com and sign the petition.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's been a year now, Mike Halpin - shame on you

RIP Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy  EOW; 3/16/16

Widow files wrongful death lawsuit in state trooper's death

Autopsy? C.O.D.?