Long Island Uber And Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident, you might wonder how you can seek compensation.

Uber and Lyft vehicles are all over Long Island roads, taking people wherever they need to go. Ridesharing companies make it more convenient for many people to get from place to place without worrying about owning a car or driving themselves. Whether you’re making a quick trip to the grocery store or need a safe ride home after drinking, rideshares are utilized often. Unfortunately, while Ubers and Lyfts are generally safe to ride in, collisions can still happen.

If you or a loved one sustained an injury in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident, our car accident attorneys serving Long Island can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP can take care of all your legal matters, so you can focus on recovering from the accident.

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How Our Attorneys Fight for Your Compensation

As the presence of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft continues to increase, so does the number of crashes. We advise anyone who sustains injuries in a rideshare accident to seek legal representation because of the many complexities of these collisions. Some of the benefits of choosing our firm if you’re in a collision with an Uber or Lyft vehicle on Long Island include:

We can handle all communications for you. Right after the collision, the insurance company might contact you hoping you’ll accept a lowball settlement offer.

Our car accident attorneys can speak to the insurance company for you to ensure their offer is fair.

  • Our attorneys investigate your case. We can review the police report and other evidence to determine who was liable for the crash. Because we understand the complexities of Uber and Lyft liability, we know how to identify the at-fault party (or parties).
  • We provide trusted legal guidance. Filing a claim or lawsuit is a complex process. Throughout the entirety of your case, our attorneys can provide you with legal advice and advise you on your next steps.
  • We can come to you. If your injuries prevent you from meeting at our office, we can come to your home or the hospital to discuss the circumstances of your case.
  • We provide free consultations. If you’re on the fence about filing a claim against the liable party (or parties), our firm can answer your questions during a free, no-obligation consultation.
  • Our attorneys can negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement. We can advocate aggressively for you to get the compensation you deserve.

For a free legal consultation with a uber and lyft rideshare accident lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-451-7900

Compensation You Could Recover After an Uber or Lyft Collision

After being in an Uber or Lyft collision, you could recover compensation if you sustained injuries. This includes both economic and non-economic damages. Damages are monetary compensation that someone owes someone else for injuring them. In this case, the person who caused the accident is liable for paying damages.

Economic Damages You Could Recover

After getting hurt in a rideshare collision, many people suffer significant economic damages because of their medical bills and lost earnings. Economic damages are monetary losses that accident victims incur because of their injuries. The injured person can usually prove the value of these damages by providing receipts, bills, or other documentation.

The severity of an accident victim’s injuries usually dictates the value of their economic damages—the more severe their injuries are, the higher their medical bills will likely be. The severity of their injuries can also impact their ability to work.

Examples of economic damages you could recover after a rideshare collision include:

  • Medical expenses – Any medical care you had to pay out-of-pocket is considered a monetary loss. These damages may include emergency room visits, ambulance rides, hospitalizations, surgeries, diagnostic tests, doctor’s visits, medications, and more.
  • Lost income – If you had to miss work because of your injuries, you could include lost income in your damages. If you can no longer return to work in the same capacity—or at all—you can also include diminished earning capacity. These damages may include lost wages, tips, bonuses, commissions, medical benefits, retirement benefits, and more.

Non-Economic Damages You Could Recover

In some cases, people who sustain injuries in rideshare accidents can also recover non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are subjective, non-monetary losses incurred by the injured person. Because these losses do not have a set financial value, our car accident attorneys can help determine the value of your non-economic damages.

Examples of non-economic damages you could recover after a rideshare collision include:

  • Pain and suffering: You could recover compensation for any pain you experienced directly after the accident or ongoing pain through a third-party claim or lawsuit. These damages compensate the injured person for the physical pain directly related to the accident that affected their life.
  • Emotional distress: You could also recover compensation for any adverse psychological effects or emotional distress the accident caused you.

Rideshare Accidents Are Different Than Typical Motor Vehicle Collisions

Rideshare collisions differ from typical motor vehicle accidents because of the complexities of proving liability. In many cases, more parties caused the crash than just the motorists who collided in the accident. The mode the rideshare driver was in during the crash determines if Uber or Lyft has any liability in the accident.

You cannot navigate this process without legal representation to protect you from insurance companies and attorneys.

After a rideshare accident, there may be several insurance companies involved, including:

  • Your own insurance coverage
  • The personal insurance coverage of the rideshare driver
  • The rideshare company’s insurance policy

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Insurance Liability Varies for Uber and Lyft Drivers

While Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with insurance, rideshare drivers must also carry their own insurance coverage. In some cases, they must purchase rideshare insurance coverage. The driver’s setting when the accident occurs determines whose insurance is liable to cover the accident.

With Uber, the three settings include:

  • Offline or the driver app is off – The rideshare driver’s personal insurance would cover the accident.
  • Available or waiting for a ride request – Uber maintains third-party liability coverage on the rideshare driver’s behalf. This coverage includes $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.
  • En route to pick up passengers or during rides – Uber maintains auto insurance on the rideshare driver’s behalf. This coverage includes up to $1 million in third-party liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and contingent comprehensive and collision.

Lyft has similar insurance coverage rules to Uber. They include:

  • The app is off – The rideshare driver’s personal insurance would cover the accident.
  • The app is on while waiting for a ride request – Lyft maintains third-party liability coverage on the rideshare driver’s behalf. This coverage includes $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.
  • The app is on while picking up passengers or during rides – Lyft maintains auto insurance on the rideshare driver’s behalf. This coverage includes up to $1 million in third-party liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and contingent comprehensive and collision.

Insurance Companies Avoid Liability to Protect Their Bottom Line

Unfortunately, insurance companies do not consistently handle Uber or Lyft collisions the same way. Mostly, they try to avoid taking liability whenever possible. Without an attorney, it may be difficult to recover compensation because Uber and Lyft’s insurance companies and attorneys will do whatever they can to avoid taking ownership of the crash.

At Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, we aren’t afraid to fight with the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys know how to get you compensation—that’s why we work on a contingency-fee-basis. We won’t charge for our legal services unless we help you reach a successful outcome in your case.

How the Rideshare Companies Make the Legal Process Difficult

Uber and Lyft sometimes make the legal process after a rideshare collision more difficult by trying to distance themselves from the driver and their negligent actions.

Rideshare companies do this for two primary reasons:

  • They don’t want their insurance company to pay for damages because it could increase their premiums.
  • Having accidents and injuries associated with their company can negatively affect their reputation.

At our firm, we have a solid track record of standing up against the rideshare company’s attorneys. In addition, we work to ensure a large, powerful company looking to save money by avoiding liability doesn’t take advantage of our clients.

What Should You Do if You’re in a Rideshare Collision?

If you get into a collision with a rideshare driver, there are steps you can take that may help if you decide to file a claim or lawsuit in the future. It’s good to find out if the rideshare driver was technically “on the clock” before you leave the accident scene. This can help identify who might have liability in the accident.

Other steps you should take after getting in a rideshare accident include:

  • Call emergency services – If anyone sustained injuries in the accident, call the police and request an ambulance. Wait for the police to arrive to provide your statement. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should have them checked out by a medical professional. Doing so can provide valuable evidence if you must prove the collision caused your injuries later.
  • Ask for contact information – Get the contact information for everyone in the accident, including their driver’s license number, license plate number, name, phone number, and auto insurance information.
  • Identify any witnesses – If anyone else witnessed the accident, get their contact information and ask if they will provide a statement to law enforcement.

Following these steps can help ensure that you have the information you need to move forward with a claim or lawsuit in the future. Next, reach out to our car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We can answer your questions, explain your options, and help you take the necessary legal steps.

You Have a Limited Time to File a Lawsuit Against the Liable Party

In New York, you generally have three years after the collision to file a lawsuit against the liable party. Some scenarios could shorten this deadline, such as if you must sue a municipality, so speak to an attorney shortly after your accident.

We must complete several tasks to file a lawsuit, which all take time.

These include:

  • Investigating who is liable for the accident
  • Determining if Uber or Lyft has liability in the accident (based on what app setting the rideshare driver was in at the time of the collision)
  • Negotiating with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement agreement
  • Developing a solid case strategy to file a lawsuit if necessary

While three years may seem like a long time, we advise you to reach out to us soon after the collision to ensure that our attorneys have time to develop a solid case.

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Contact Our Long Island Car Accident Attorneys Today for Your Free Consultation

Uber and Lyft collisions happen more often than people think. If you were involved in one, a personal injury accident attorney from Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP can help. We know how ridesharing insurance representatives get accident victims to accept lowball settlement offers—we’re here to protect you and get you justice.

If you were hurt in an accident with an Uber or Lyft rideshare driver, contact our team today at (631) 451-7900 for your free consultation. We serve both English and Spanish-speaking clients on Long Island. We’ll come to you if you are too injured to visit our office! And remember, you don’t have to pay for our legal services unless you recover compensation.

 

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