New York City Uber Accident Lawyer
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. has more than four decades of experience helping accident victims in NYC get fair compensation. If you or a family member were hurt in an Uber accident in the city, don’t hesitate to call our law firm for help recovering compensation for your injuries.
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An Experienced Uber Accident Lawyer Can Help You Get the Money You Deserve
The yellow taxicab is classic New York City. Even today, you can scarcely look down the avenue without spotting a sea of yellow cabs. Despite this, the popularity of rideshare services like Uber has exploded across NYC.
Unfortunately, thousands of passengers are injured in Uber accidents each year. If you or a loved one were hurt, you may have the right to financial compensation–but getting the money you need isn’t always easy.
Pursuing your right to fair compensation can be one of the most critical things you ever do if you’ve been seriously hurt. Medical bills can run into the hundreds-of-thousands of dollars–and you might not be able to work for weeks, months, or even permanently.
It’s important to call an experienced New York City Uber accident lawyers because:
- Valuation is important. The insurance company can go to great lengths to pay less than the full value of your case. A lawyer with experience knows how to value your case so that you get enough money to cover the whole cost of your injuries.
- Multiple parties might share fault. New York law allows fault to be apportioned between multiple parties–but you might not know who to blame. If you have car insurance, they might only cover part of your costs. Uber or another driver might also share in the blame.
- Commercial insurance is complex. If Uber can be held responsible, their insurance company will likely fight back even harder than in cases involving a typical policy. When more money is on the line, insurance companies tend to put more work into escaping liability.
- Someone might blame you. As NYC law allows fault to be shared by negligent parties, it also allows negligent parties to reduce your compensation award if you share in the blame.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our NYC personal injury attorneys know that the stakes are high after any type of motor vehicle accident. We don’t just want to make sure you get some compensation. We want to make sure your compensation award is fair.
Our lawyers offer the personalized attention you need when you’re struggling to recover from a serious injury. Call us today so that we can review your case and help you understand your options.
Who is Responsible for Compensation After an Uber Accident?
Uber offers a convenient, hassle-free transportation option for millions of New Yorkers. With the touch of a button on their smartphone, users can locate their ride and be on their way–and payment is automated, as well.
When it comes to getting compensation after an Uber accident, all of that simplicity goes out the window. In the past, accident victims didn’t know who could be liable for an Uber accident. Uber disclaimed liability because Uber drivers are classified as independent contractors. On the other side, that driver’s insurance company could avoid blame if the policy did not cover commercial driving activity.
New York Uber insurance requirements have become more settled in recent years. Now, Uber is required to purchase an insurance policy to compensate accident victims for their injuries. The availability of the policy depends upon the Uber driver’s status at the time of the accident. When an Uber accident happens, it is possible to seek compensation from anyone who contributed to the accident, such as a negligent driver of another vehicle, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, and more.
Driver Has Accepted a Ride Request
Uber’s comprehensive insurance policy is available if the Uber driver (or Lyft driver) has either accepted a ride request or is carrying a passenger in the car. Uber is required to provide coverage of up to $1.25 million for personal injury, death and property damage.
The $1.25 million in coverage applies to any party involved in an Uber accident, including:
If the Uber driver is at fault, you still have to prove this. If the at-fault Uber driver’s insurance policy will provide coverage, that coverage should apply first. It may also be necessary to first file an insurance claim with your own car insurance company under the New York no-fault insurance law.
The $1.25 million Uber insurance coverage is there to make up the difference–because it’s often the case that a personal car insurance policy covers only a small portion of your actual costs.
Driver is Logged into Uber, but Hasn’t Accepted a Ride
A limited Uber insurance policy will kick in as soon as the Uber driver logs into the app. Even if the driver hasn’t found a ride yet, that policy offers:
- $50,000 per person in bodily injury coverage
- $100,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage
- $25,000 per accident in property damage coverage
Again, Uber’s insurance company will only cover damages in excess of what other available policies cover.
Driver is Logged out of Uber
If the driver isn’t logged into Uber at all, the accident is treated like any other car accident. Each party will look to their own insurance policy first for coverage. The accident victim can then pursue the at-fault driver for compensation for more serious injuries.
In some Uber accident cases, the other driver or even a pedestrian may have caused the crash. You may also be entitled to recover compensation from those parties and their insurance companies.
Leading Causes of NYC Uber Accidents
Uber drivers are human like anyone else. In determining the cause of an Uber accident, however, it’s important to remember one important difference: some Uber drivers spend their entire day ferrying passengers around the city.
Some of the leading causes of rideshare accidents in NYC are:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Traffic violations
- Fatigued driving
- Drivers who aren’t paying attention to the roads because they’re trying to find a passenger
- Unfamiliarity with the NYC traffic patterns
- Vehicle defects
- Road defects
If you think a driver’s carelessness caused your car accident, call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. for a free consultation today. Even if you weren’t paying close attention, we’re here to listen and investigate to find out how the accident occurred.
You May Be Entitled to Money for Your Uber Accident Injuries
Every injury case is unique–but they have one thing in common. The victim usually needs medical treatment, which can be expensive, painful and time-consuming. You deserve to be fairly compensated when someone else puts you in a position where you need medical care.
Our New York City personal injury lawyers can help. We help clients regardless of the type of injury, and have experience handling accidents involving:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other back injuries
- Eye injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
You never know how an injury will impact your life. Even if you only miss a few weeks of work, the bills add up quickly. It’s important to keep track of these expenses to use in building a claim at a later date.
If you were hurt in an Uber accident in New York, call our lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. right away. We can help you understand the important steps that can preserve your right to sue for compensation down the road.
You Have a Limited Time to File a Claim
To pursue your right to compensation via a personal injury lawsuit, you only have three years to file. Once that three-year period has passed, you lose the right to sue–and the insurance company will know that you have no way to force them into paying.
Leading Personal Injury Lawyers Fight to Get the Money You Need
Not every injury claim results in the need for a lawsuit. In fact, you only have the right to sue under New York law if you have suffered a “serious injury.” You might be surprised to learn that many injuries that will eventually heal are considered serious in the eyes of the law.
- Medical bills
- Future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of your earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehab costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Damages for wrongful death
To learn more about protecting your right to be compensated for your injuries, call us today. We will evaluate your case for free, so there’s no risk in asking for help.
Call an Experienced New York City Uber Accident Lawyer to Learn More Today
With over 40 years of experience, our lawyers have the legal knowledge needed to know whether you have a valid claim for compensation. That’s why we can review your case for free. You don’t have an obligation to hire us or to pursue a lawsuit–calling is only the first important step toward protecting your rights.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we have the reputation for excellence you want in your corner. Call today to schedule a 100% free consultation with a respected NYC Uber accident lawyer.