Long Island Ridesharing Accident Lawyer

Our Long Island ridesharing accident lawyers have the knowledge to handle your claim in the event you are injured in a rideshare accident.

Having Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare company as an option for transportation can be a convenient way to get around. However, these vehicles are not free from involvement in a crash, just like any other car on the road. Getting hurt in a ridesharing accident can lead to severe injuries like broken bones, whiplash, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Soon, the medical bills may start to pile up. You may also have to take time off work to recover.

If you or a loved one suffer injuries in a ridesharing accident on Long Island, a lawyer with Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP can discuss your legal options with you. You may pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Long Island car accident legal team can take care of your entire case while you get treatment for your injuries. To learn more, connect with us today for a free consultation.

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How Our Ridesharing Accident Attorneys on Long Island Can Help You

Proving negligence, backing up your claim, gathering evidence, and fighting for fair compensation may all seem next to impossible while recovering from painful injuries. You can spare yourself the stress by hiring one of our injury attorneys to represent you and your best interests.

You can entrust our team to manage all legal tasks on your behalf, including:

  • Getting the police report
  • Establishing negligence and identifying the liable parties
  • Working with the insurance company to obtain a fair settlement for you
  • Collecting evidence
  • Handling communication with everyone involved in your case and their representation
  • Representing you before a jury if negotiations don’t work out in your favor
  • Calculating your past and anticipated damages

If you need clarification about the legal process or want to discuss anything about your case, get in touch with an experienced lawyer. Our team is here to serve you and ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in your pursuit of compensation.

For a free legal consultation with a ridesharing accidents lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-451-7900

Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP Takes Long Island Ridesharing Accidents on Contingency

At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we understand that you’re under financial pressure right now. That’s why our attorneys represent ridesharing accident victims on a contingency-fee basis.

Under this payment arrangement, our firm offers to:

  • Review your case for free when you call us
  • Finance your injury or wrongful death case from start to finish
  • Not take any upfront or out-of-pocket fees
  • Not work on a retainer or hourly rate

Our payment comes from the compensation we secure for you at the end of your case. This way, you won’t have to worry about extra costs while you’re in treatment and trying to heal. Working on contingency also allows us to get to work on your case immediately.

The Basics of Rideshare Insurance Policies

Who you pursue for compensation after a rideshare crash depends on whether the driver was working and what they did at the time of the incident:

  • If the driver had the Uber or Lyft app off, their personal auto insurance should cover the losses.
  • If the driver had the app on and was waiting for a pick-up, the rideshare company’s liability insurance should pay for the damages if the driver’s coverage cannot.
  • If the driver had the app on and was on their way to a pick-up or had a passenger in the car, the insurance company’s third-party liability insurance may apply.

This coverage can sometimes compensate rideshare passengers and third-party victims when a rideshare vehicle collides with them. The same goes for a rideshare driver who was hurt in a crash due to another party’s negligence.

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How Rideshare Car Accidents Occur on Long Island

Rideshare crashes usually stem from:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to follow traffic signals
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Driving under the influence

All of these driving behaviors exhibit one thing: negligence. You must prove that negligence exists in your case to receive compensation for your damages.

The four elements of negligence are:

  • Duty of care – All road users must follow traffic laws and act prudently to keep everyone safe.
  • Breach of duty – The other party failed to exercise their duty of care or act as another person reasonably would under the same circumstances. (This is where negligence comes in.)
  • Causation – This negligence led to a crash—such as a T-bone, head-on, rear-end, sideswipe, or rollover collision—and caused injuries.
  • Damages – The crash has taken a financial, physical, and emotional toll on you. Examples of damages include lost income, reduced earning power, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

You must support your claim for damages with evidence. Your medical records, eyewitness statements, relevant pictures and videos, and the police report are all appropriate forms of evidence.

Typical Losses You Can Recover in a Long Island Ridesharing Accident Case

The damages you can pursue depend on:

  • The extent of your past and future financial downfalls
  • The type and seriousness of your injuries
  • Your prognosis
  • The severity of the collision
  • If you can go back to work at full or limited capacity
  • How the collision affected your mental health

From this point, your car accident lawyer may establish that you’re entitled to recover:

Medical Costs for Past and Future Care

You may need medical care after a car collision, whether you suffered minor or life-threatening injuries.

As a result, you may be left with medical bills for:

  • Pain medication
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Assistive devices
  • Hospital stays
  • Imaging scans and diagnostic tests
  • Physical therapy
  • Ongoing doctor’s appointments

Our team gathers evidence to show the costs of your past and future medical care. Copies of your medical records and testimony from doctors about your prognosis can help us figure out how much compensation we should seek for your medical bills.

Lost Income and Future Loss of Earning Capacity

Sometimes, car collision injuries can put victims out of work for days, weeks, or even months.

They may miss out on income and benefits like:

  • Salary
  • Hourly pay
  • Tips
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Paid time off
  • Business opportunities
  • Promotions

If you can’t work the same job you had before or work at all for the foreseeable future, you could pursue compensation for future loss of earning capacity. This compensation helps cover the money you would have earned if you had not been injured in a ridesharing accident.

Pain and Suffering and Other Intangible Losses

Car accident victims can suffer a wide variety of injuries, such as:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Chest trauma
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Cuts and bruises

Debilitating, painful, and inconvenient injuries may even affect your mental health. If that happens, you may be able to recover pain and suffering damages.

You may wonder if you can pursue an award for something intangible—the answer is that yes, you can. Once your attorney knows and understands how the crash has affected your life, they can fight for compensation to address your pain and suffering.

Wrongful Death Damages if Your Loved One Passed Away From Their Injuries

Tragically, some ridesharing accident victims succumb to their injuries. When this occurs, their surviving family members may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.

Common damages in wrongful death cases include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Final medical costs
  • Loss of financial support

You may be eligible for other forms of compensation that we haven’t mentioned here. Your attorney can give you a better idea of what to expect from your settlement after they review and investigate your case.

Adhering to Legal Time Limits on Filing Rideshare Accident Cases in New York

You can’t wait forever if you want to file a lawsuit for your rideshare accident damages.

The state of New York implements strict timelines that all accident victims must follow.

  • For personal injury: Claimants generally have three years after the accident to file, per CPLR § 214.
  • For wrongful death: Surviving family members usually have two years after the accident to take action, according to EPTL § 5-4.1.

Some circumstances may shorten these deadlines, like if a government municipality played a role in the crash. Start working on your case immediately to avoid missing legal deadlines. If you do, the court may deny your right to compensation, and you will have to cover all the costs of your collision. If you contact our firm soon enough, we can help ensure that you comply with the applicable statute of limitations.

Please note that the statute of limitations doesn’t necessarily apply to insurance claims. Insurance companies have their own deadlines for claimants seeking compensation.

What to Do After a Ridesharing Accident on Long Island

By now, you’re probably no longer at the crash scene and are trying to figure out your next steps. To make it easier for you, we have put together this short list of ways to protect yourself and your claim.

Seek Medical Care as Soon as Possible

An ambulance may have taken you to the hospital after your ridesharing accident. If that’s not the case, we encourage you to visit the doctor promptly. You may not have symptoms right now, but some injuries—like traumatic brain injuries—take time to manifest. By the time they do, you could face a prolonged recovery.

Also, waiting a few days or weeks to get treatment could hurt your claim. When the insurance company sees the gap between the crash and your first doctor’s visit, the adjuster may try to dispute your claim. For example, they could say that your symptoms stem from a pre-existing condition rather than a ridesharing accident. It’s also possible for them to blame you for worsened injuries, prompting them to refuse you a fair payout.

Follow up With Your Medical Care

When the doctor creates a treatment plan for you, follow it and attend all your doctor’s appointments.

Your orders may include:

  • Resting
  • Taking your prescribed medications
  • Going to physical therapy

You don’t want to risk setting yourself back after all the progress you made. Your doctor will release you from their care when they deem you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI is when you have recovered as much as possible and can return to your normal activities before the crash.

If you feel you’ve already reached MMI, inform your doctor but do not stop treatment. Going against medical advice may hinder your physical progress and harm your right to compensation. If the insurance company finds out, they could devalue or refuse to pay your claim.

Direct All Communication to Your Car Accident Attorney

Expect a call from the insurance company a day or so after the incident. The adjuster may ask for your account of what happened. Politely decline to answer and give them your lawyer’s contact information—your attorney can handle all communication from there.

Insurance companies aim to protect their bottom line, so they may use anything you say against you during settlement negotiations. For example, if you answer “I’m fine” when they ask how you’re feeling, they could claim that you’re not really hurt.

At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we are well aware of these questionable tactics and know how to work around them so you can receive fair compensation.

Start Working on Your Long Island Ridesharing Accident Case With Our Lawyers Today

If a ridesharing accident on Long Island hurt you or a loved one, you may receive compensation for your damages. One of our car accident attorneys can evaluate your situation and explain your legal options.

Contact the team at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, today at (631) 451-7900 for a free, no-obligation case review. We assist clients in both English and Spanish.

 

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