Brooklyn Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Brooklyn Helping Victims Recover Compensation
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have really taken off over the last several years, and this is especially true in large, bustling cities like New York. While these app-based services allow people to get around the city without the hassle of finding parking or taking the subway, some highly specific legal concerns continue to arise. If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident involving Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare service, you need the experienced legal counsel of a skilled Brooklyn Uber accident attorney on your side.
Factors Unique to Rideshare Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver – whether you were a passenger in the Uber or were injured in another vehicle (or as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist) – there are several unique factors that apply and that are important to keep in mind, including:
- Most rideshare drivers are classified as independent contractors instead of as employees of the company. This makes rideshare companies better positioned to deny injury claims swiftly.
- Rideshare drivers aren't vetted in the same way that other commercial drivers are. Basically, anyone with a driver's license can be a rideshare driver, which makes hopping in an Uber or Lyft more risky from the outset.
- Rideshare drivers’ jobs are focused on following the rideshare app as they transport their fares, which builds distraction into the job description.
The fact is that, while companies like Uber and Lyft make getting around in Brooklyn more convenient, they also contribute to dangerous accidents on our roads.
Your Accident and the Insurance Company
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver, you’ll be dealing with one of the company’s insurance representatives, but you’ll be facing some unique concerns that include:
- When an Uber or Lyft driver is actively ferrying a customer to his or her destination (or on the way to pick up said customer), the driver is covered by the company’s commercial liability policy. Again, however, it’s important to understand that the rideshare company may be quick to deny or diminish your claim.
- When the driver’s rideshare app is on, but the driver has no fares, insurance coverage may come from the driver’s personal policy or from the company’s contingent liability coverage, which incorporates lower limits.
- If the driver’s app is off, the driver’s personal car insurance comes into play.
With all of these variations, the issue can become very complicated very quickly.
If an Uber or Lyft Driver Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced Brooklyn Uber Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured by a rideshare driver, it can feel like the cards are stacked against you, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The dedicated legal team at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in Brooklyn is committed to helping you obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled. Our skilled Uber accident attorneys have the experience necessary to effectively and efficiently take on the rideshare company and to aggressively advocate for your rights. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 for more information today.