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New York Rideshare Accident Attorney

Knowledgeable and Experienced Rideshare Accident Lawyers Defending the Rights of Accident Victims In Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Throughout Long Island

Rideshare apps are quite convenient when you want to get from one place to another. However, like any other motorist on the road, ride-share apps are at risk of being involved in an accident. When an accident does occur, recovering compensation can be quite complicated. You will need the assistance of an experienced New York rideshare accident lawyer. 

The attorneys at the Harrison Law Group, P.C. are experienced in recovering compensation on behalf of victims of rideshare accidents in New York. We stay up to date with changes in regulations that affect ride-sharing accidents. You can rely on our experienced and knowledgeable legal team to recover compensation on your behalf. 

We offer a free consultation for rideshare accident victims. Contact us to schedule your appointment. Discuss your case with an attorney from our law firm and learn about your rights and what legal options are available for recovering compensation. 

Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers in Long Island Seek Maximum Compensation For Injured Rideshare Passengers

Ride-sharing has become more popular than ever in Long Island and across the country. Using a rideshare service is easy and affordable. However, rideshare accidents do happen every day in New York City. If you have been injured in a ride-sharing accident involving Uber or Lyft, or you have lost a family member in one, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

At Harrison Law Group, we have a proven track record of success in rideshare accident cases. Our skilled personal injury lawyers represent clients in Long Island, Suffolk County, and Nassau County. Contact Harrison Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn more about your legal rights.

How Can I Recover Compensation for My Ridesharing Accident? 

Recovering compensation for a ridesharing accident claim can be very complicated. This is large because rideshare companies classify their drivers as independent contractors. The rideshare companies cannot, therefore, be held directly liable for an accident caused by their driver. This doesn’t mean that you can’t recover compensation. An experienced New York rideshare accident lawyer from our law firm will help you explore different options for recovering compensation for your accident. 

In New York, ridesharing apps are required to purchase insurance that covers their drivers. This insurance policy protects victims of rideshare accidents in the event of an accident caused by the rideshare driver. However, the availability of this policy depends on the status of the rideshare driver at the time of the accident. 

Our attorneys will explore different options for compensation for different situations including: 

When the rideshare driver has accepted a request 

When the rideshare driver has accepted a request from an app user, the driver is said to be on the clock. The rideshare company’s comprehensive insurance policy is available for victims of accidents that occur when the driver is on-the-clock. In New York, rideshare companies are required to provide comprehensive coverage of up to $1.25 million for property damage, personal injury, or death. This coverage is available to any party that is involved in the rideshare accident including the rideshare passenger, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. 

In order to recover compensation from the rideshare company’s insurance policy, you will need to prove that the rideshare driver was at fault for the accident. You will need to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance policy first. You may also have to file a claim with your own insurance company under the state’s No-Fault insurance law. The rideshare comprehensive insurance policy will only come into play to supplement the driver’s insurance as well as your own insurance cover. 

The driver is logged into the app but hasn’t accepted a request 

When a driver is actively seeking requests on the rideshare app, they are covered by the rideshare company’s limited insurance policy. This policy offers up to $50,000 coverage for bodily injury for people involved in the accident and up to $100,000 per accident for bodily injury. The limited policy also offers $25,000 coverage for property damage per accident. The rideshare company’s insurance policy will not cover damages in excess of this. 

The driver isn’t logged onto the app 

If the driver is not logged into the rideshare app at the time of the accident, the parties involved in the accident must first look to their own insurance policies for compensation under New York’s No-Fault insurance laws. However, accident victims may also pursue the at-fault driver for additional compensation in the case of serious injuries. 

When another driver causes the accident 

If another driver caused the accident, the victims of the accident can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. You may also seek compensation from any other third party that may have been responsible for the accident. 

How to File a Report

You should report the accident to the relevant rideshare company as soon as possible. Both Uber and Lyft have “contact us” links in their driver applications’ “Help” sections. The driver of the ride-sharing company should follow the link to the section that says “I was in a crash.” Ride-sharing companies allow drivers to speak directly with a trained agent by tapping call support. You can also report the accident within the Uber or Lyft application. Make sure you do not unintentionally admit fault when reporting the accident, which is easy to do when you are under tremendous stress and have been through the shock of a car accident. You can find detailed instructions for filing a report at the links below:

Talk to a Long Island Rideshare Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible

Rideshare accidents are typically complicated because there are multiple parties and insurance companies involved. Your lawyer can help you investigate your case thoroughly and prepare a strategy to obtain the compensation you deserve. At the Harrison Law Group, we have the financial resources and experience necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and discover which party or parties are liable for your injuries. We will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact the Harrison Law Group, P.C. and Schedule Free Consultation with an Experienced Rideshare Accident Attorney

Are you struggling with injuries from a rideshare accident in New York? Recovering compensation in these cases can be complicated. The Harrison Law Group P.C. offers a free consultation for rideshare accident victims. Contact us and schedule a free no-obligation consultation with an experienced New York rideshare accident lawyer. 

Take advantage of our free consultation to learn about your rights and options. We will review your case and help you determine the best way to approach it. Our legal team will fight to recover maximum compensation in your case. 

Contact us today and take the first step to recover compensation for your injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ride Share Accidents in New York 

What Should I Do if My Uber or Lyft Gets in an Accident?

If you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be wondering what steps you should take next. At the scene of the accident, you should check that everyone is safe. When necessary, notify the police and the paramedics that you need an officer to come to the scene and medical attention. Make sure you follow through with your doctor’s orders and keep all of your medical documentation to help you prove that the accident caused your injuries.

If you have been seriously injured, you will probably have medical expenses that you need to be covered. You might be unable to go to work because of your injuries, and you are probably suffering from significant pain. Thinking about filing a lawsuit can seem overwhelming. Whether you were a rideshare driver, customer, or in another vehicle, we recommend consulting with a skilled lawyer as soon as possible. 

Are rideshare drivers employees or independent contractors?

Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber claim that they do not employ their drivers. Their drivers are therefore considered independent contractors. This means that rideshare companies are not directly liable for the injuries caused by negligent drivers. However, New York state laws require rideshare companies to carry insurance to cover their drivers in the event of an accident. You may therefore be able to recover compensation from this insurance depending on the circumstances of your accident.

Who Pays for an Uber Accident?

After you have received medical attention, it is important to discuss your case with a lawyer. Uber and Lyft insurance policies are somewhat complicated, and your lawyer can help you determine the best way to seek compensation. Uber and Lyft both carry an insurance policy of up to one million dollars. However, this insurance policy only covers accidents that occur after the rideshare driver has accepted a job and before the customer has been dropped off. 

If the car accident occurred while the rideshare drivers app was turned off, Uber and Lyft insurance policies do not cover any property damage or bodily injuries. If the accident occurred while the driver’s app was turned on, but the driver has not accepted a ride request, Uber and Lyft provide more limited insurance coverage. 

When a third-party driver causes an accident involving a rideshare driver, seriously injured, victims need to seek compensation from the third-party driver’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, many New York City drivers are not insured or underinsured. Uber and Lyft both have uninsured/underinsured coverage that will kick in when the at-fault driver’s coverage does not cover the bodily injuries and property damage.

Who can I hold liable for damages in a rideshare accident?

If you want to seek compensation for damages resulting from a rideshare accident, you will need to identify the parties that are liable for your accident. Some parties that can be held liable for rideshare accidents include: 
— The rideshare driver 
— The driver of the other vehicle 
— Pedestrians 
— Cyclists 
— Other motorists
— Government agencies 
— Car or car part manufacturers 

It is possible to hold more than one party liable for damages resulting from a rideshare accident. An experienced New York rideshare accident lawyer can help you identify all liable parties so you can maximize your compensation. 

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Common Questions About Rideshare Accidents with Uber and Lyft

Can I sue Uber/Lyft for a car accident? -

Uber and Lyft drivers are not considered employees of Uber and Lyft for personal injury lawsuits. In some limited cases, New York courts have determined that rideshare drivers are employees, such as workers’ compensation benefits. If you are a rideshare driver who was injured on the job, you might be able to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. However, it is difficult to sue Uber and Lyft directly in most cases.

If I drive for Uber or Lyft, do I still have to inform my personal auto insurance? +

If I am at-fault in an accident while driving for Uber/Lyft, will my auto insurance go up? +

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