New York City Uber Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Brooklyn or anywhere else in NYC, you are entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. In most cases, you will be able to recover compensation directly from the ridesharing company’s insurance policy.
However, an experienced ride sharing accident attorney will help to determine which parties may be liable for the damages. There are three distinct possibilities for recovering compensation after an Uber or Lyft accident in New York City.
RECOVERING COMPENSATION FROM UBER OR LYFT
New York law requires Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies operating within the state to carry certain insurance to cover damages if an accident occurs while a driver is on the clock.
While these insurance policies should apply to any accident a passenger is injured in, some companies claim that they will not pay for damages caused by the misconduct of their driver. Instead, they direct injured passengers to seek compensation directly from the allegedly at-fault Uber or Lyft driver.
However, this position may be at odds with the new provisions in the New York Vehicle Code, which states that the mandatory insurance policies are to be the first line of defense, regardless of fault.
RECOVERING COMPENSATION FROM THE AT-FAULT UBER OR LYFT DRIVER
In some cases, an injured passenger may sustain injuries so severe that they exceed the ridesharing company’s insurance policy limits. If this is the case, and the Uber or Lyft driver is determined to be at least partly at-fault for the accident, then his or her personal car insurance policy can be targeted to cover the balance of the damage.
RECOVERING COMPENSATION FROM AN AT-FAULT THIRD PARTY
Again, if the injuries sustained by a passenger are so severe that the costs for treatment exceed the ridesharing company’s insurance policy limits, the injured passenger would need to seek to cover the balance of the damage elsewhere.
If a third party is determined to be at least partly at-fault for the accident an injured passenger may seek to recover the balance from his or her personal car insurance policy.
The bottom line is that if you are injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft you will be able to recover compensation for your injuries. The difficult part may be in:
-Forcing the rideshare company to accept liability and shoulder the responsibility to pay for the damages you sustain, and
-Forcing the rideshare company to pay your claim in full.
Insurance companies are notorious for denying and underpaying claims – with the hope that an injured passenger is either unaware of the full amount(s) to which they may be entitled or grateful to recover anything at all.
Enlisting the assistance of a skilled car accident attorney will help to ensure that you maximize your recovery.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED NEW YORK UBER AND LYFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY AT OLIVERI & SCHWARTZ TODAY
Speak with an attorney at our firm before contacting the ridesharing company about compensation. The insurance companies who represent Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies will try to minimize their payouts after an accident.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we understand how to design, present, and negotiate the terms of a claim with these companies.
Engaging the assistance of a NYC Uber and Lyft accident attorney will help to ensure that you recover the compensation you need to get better.
EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY UBER AND LYFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
To ensure that our clients do not feel additional financial pressure, we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not recover a fee unless and until they get a settlement or award on your behalf.
Operating on a contingency fee basis allows our clients to focus on recovery while allowing our skilled attorneys to handle the complex claims process on their behalf.
If you have been injured in a NYC Uber or Lyft accident and are thinking about filing a claim for damages contact our office today at 800-427-9546 for a free consultation.
When you call we will explain your legal rights, review the details of your accident, determine which parties may be liable, and help you determine the best course of action.