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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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?

Yes, you should inform your personal auto insurance if you are involved in a car accident while driving for Uber or Lyft. Depending on the timeframe in which the car accident happens, your personal car insurance may be responsible for covering bodily injury and property damage. If you do not report the car accident, you may be in violation of the contract you signed with your insurance agreement, and you could risk losing your coverage.

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

Your auto insurance will typically increase whenever you are involved in a car accident, and you are at fault.

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What is Personal Injury?

If you’re injured as a result of a negligent third party, then you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the damages you’ve experienced, whether directly through the responsible party, or their insurance company. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will specialize in tort law and focus on winning economic and non-economic damages for their clients, whether or not the target is a multi-million dollar award.

Personal injuries are classified as injuries to the body, mind, and emotions of an individual. When you suffer an injury because of another party, you experience turmoil and your quality of life will change. Some victims experience loss of enjoyment and even depression.

It’s important to speak with mindful attorneys who have the wisdom to handle your case effectively. Personal injury suits are filed against individuals or entities that cause harm due to recklessness, negligence, misconduct, or liability.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our attorneys and staff are competent, compassionate, and committed to obtaining the best results for all of our clients. We fight to win, not to quickly settle and move on to the next case. Our firm will make sure that you are properly advised of all of your options while giving you the proper legal advice so that you are able to make the best decision for yourself and your family. We are willing to go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether it’s meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, at your home, hospital, or office, we will make ourselves available for you 24/7.

Immediate Action

We understand the immediate concerns that you will have, which include paying your bills, getting to and from work and doctors’ appointments, taking care of your daily responsibilities, we want you to know that here at The Harrison Law Group we understand and we can help. We will take immediate action on your case and begin to work as soon as we are retained.

Excellent Results

Our results speak for themselves. We fight hard for all of our clients and obtain unrivaled results. Time after time, The Harrison Law Group, P.C. has taken cases that other attorneys either wanted to drop or settle for small amounts and turned them into million-dollar cases. We have been dedicated to Personal Injury and helping our clients get justice for over 30 years.

Constant Communication

Our office sets itself apart because we do not just return phone calls but we call our clients at least every 30 days for a status update on your case and if there is no update we call to see how you are doing. Happy clients are informed clients and we do our best to keep you informed every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to all of our clients via email, text, or phone to answer questions and give updates. We have a big firm reputation but a small firm dedication to each client.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injuries can include injuries sustained as a result of dental and medical malpractice, product liability, and assault claims but they more commonly refer to these types of injuries:

Car accidents

When your vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree, pole, or building at no fault of your own. After a car accident, working with a New York personal injury lawyer is an important first step.

Truck accidents

When your truck is involved in a motor vehicle accident because of the recklessness of others. You can be certain that there will be attorneys representing the truck driver, which is why you should partner with a New York personal injury lawyer at our law office immediately.

Motorcycle accidents

When your motorcycle is involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own, you will need help fighting to get fairly compensated for your case. As a client of our law firm, you can be confident that we are bringing the fight to the insurance company.

Premises liability

An injury from an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. In some cases, your accident could amount to a multi-million dollar settlement, and our law office of NY accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through this process as our client.

Dog bite

Dog owners are generally determined to be liable if their dog hurts you or anyone else. New York personal injury law in this situation will help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, & much more.

Slip and fall

A property owner could be liable for damages if you slip, trip, and fall on their property as a result of their negligence. Working with a qualified New York personal injury lawyer in this situation is important because the Nassau County property owner that you file a claim against will certainly be represented by law firms who are trying to dismiss or settle your case for as little as possible.

Construction accidents

An injury sustained as the result of working on a construction site. Workers’ compensation is available for these types of accidents.

Wrongful death

Death caused by negligence or intentional actions of another party is known as wrongful death. The NY accident attorneys at our law office are experienced in these cases and are ready to help you fight for the money you deserve.

Medical Mal Practice

When you work with a licensed medical professional, you have every right to expect that they will take prudent and cautious steps to help you work towards a successful recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and the New York personal injury attorneys at our law firm are ready to help you fight for fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

What types of compensation can be received in a personal injury case?

There are several types of compensable damages that can be received including money for lost wages and career change, property damage compensation, health aids, and home rehabilitation to accommodate for the injuries sustained.

What is the difference between a “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit”?

A personal injury claim is when you or the law firm you have retained and the at fault party’s insurance company try to come up with a settlement to resolve your claim. Most cases generally do settle out of court. If a settlement can not be reached, a law firm will go ahead and commence a personal injury lawsuit, which simply means taking the at fault party to court.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your case depends on multiple factors such as liability, injuries, insurance coverage, venue, medical bills and etc. Here at The Harrison Law Group, P.C., we will evaluate your case and give you the most comprehensive answer as far as what you can expect regarding compensation.

What should you do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical attention. Take photos of your injuries, defects and property damage. Keep track of everyone you speak with, take the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses, as this will be useful information for when you hire an attorney. Finally, call The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to see how we can help.

What if I am part responsible for the accident?

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and you should not wait and speak to an attorney right away.

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