Last night I was in a cab. When I got home I gave the driver a $20 bill for an $11.50 ride. He said he didn’t have change. He then asked me to give him small bills. I said give me the $20 back and I will. He then said that he wouldn’t give me the $20 back until I gave him the right change. I opened the door and started to get out to talk to him from outside the car. The cabbie then decided to peel out with me half-in and half out of the car. I should have jumped away and let him have the 20, but I tried to get back into the car instead. As a result I got dragged half in and half out of the car for about 100 feet or so. I finally got into the car and he kept driving with me screaming and yelling for him to stop. We passed some cops after about a mile and I yelled out the window for help and he finally stopped. He said he was just looking for change and the cops just told me to get the Hack number and cab number and file a complaint while he got change in a deli.
Now, there is a 24 hour Laundromat right next to my apartment. Two people in the laundramat saw me get dragged and saw him peel out knowingly (I got the contact info and they said they would be witnesses). I have filed a complaint (212-NYC-Taxi) and a hearing will be scheduled, but I also want to file a criminal complaint and a civil suit as well. I’m not sure how to go about either. I want to avoid a lawyer if at all possible (they are expensive). I am more concerned with the criminal charge then the civil suit. Not sure what to do next. Help! Please? To sum up the questions are:
How do I file a criminal complaint?
How do I file a Civil Suit?
What would I be entitled to in a Civil Suit if I won (is it really worth it?)
Should I sue the Medallion owner as well?
Thanks in advance . . .