New York City Uber & Lyft Accidents
Helping Injured Passengers in Uber and Lyft Accidents Recover Monetary Compensation for their Injuries
New York City residents and visitors are increasingly turning to ridesharing companies for all of their transportation needs. These companies are generally very convenient, and their prices are extremely reasonable. Two of the most common ridesharing companies used in New York City include Uber and Lyft.
Uber and Lyft use independent contractors to provide ridesharing services for their riders. Although both companies take every possible precaution to prevent against accidents occurring, these accidents can still sometimes happen. If you’re injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, there are certain measures that you should always take, and there are certain considerations which you must always account for.
The experienced New York City Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can review your case with you and determine your legal options.
Actions You Should Take Following a Ride-sharing Accident
If you are involved and a New York City Uber or Lyft accident, there are certain actions that you should always take. First of all, you should call an ambulance and paramedics to the scene. If you are not able to do this, you should ask someone to call for you. Secondly, you should speak with any of the other involved drivers in the collision. If a police officer arrives at the scene, you should ask for a copy of any police report he or she prepares.
Thirdly, you should speak with any eyewitnesses to the accident and obtain any contact information from them. If you have suffered injuries as a result of the accident, you should follow up at a hospital as soon as possible. Even if you are not experiencing extremely painful symptoms, it is still a good idea to follow up, since these injuries can become more significant as time passes.
Finally, if an insurance company representative or adjuster contacts you about the accident, you should not speak with him or her about what happened or about your injuries. Instead, you should contact an experienced New York City Uber and Lyft accident lawyer. A lawyer can answer all of your questions and negotiate with insurance companies and their adjusters on your behalf.
Insurance Coverage in a Ride-sharing Accident Case
In many instances, Uber and Lyft try to downplay the extent of their responsibility and involvement in a ridesharing accident. They may claim that their drivers are independent contractors and that they are acting on their own. Consequently, the ridesharing company may argue that they do not have any culpability for injuries sustained in the accident.
Individuals who drive for Uber and Lyft are required to maintain their own car insurance coverage at all times when they are operating a ridesharing vehicle. This coverage may step into play in the event of a motor vehicle collision involving a ride-sharing vehicle.
In other instances, the ridesharing company may provide limited insurance coverage. For example, when it comes to Uber, there is a 50/100/25 policy of coverage in place for accidents that occur in-between fairs.
Call a New York City Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
The law regarding ridesharing motor vehicle accidents is still unsettled. This is because the concept of ridesharing is still relatively new. If you have suffered an injury in a ridesharing vehicle that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you should call the experienced lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman for assistance with your case today.
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