Since Uber and Lyft began operating on Long Island in 2017, there have been numerous ridesharing accidents. Although such accidents fall under New York’s no-fault insurance system, coverage depends on a variety of factors, which makes navigating a claim complicated. If you or a loved one have been injured while traveling as a rideshare passenger, or you were involved in a car accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, it is crucial toretain and Uber and Lift accident lawyer.
The Law Offices of Robert Purzak represents Uber accident victims in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Well-versed in the applicable insurance laws and the specific rules governing rideshare services, we are committed to helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. While rideshare services are becoming a popular alternative to taxis and buses, we believe that Uber, Lyft and their drivers must be held accountable.
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How Do Ridesharing Services Operate?’
As many Uber and Lyft users know, rideshare services utilize a combination of smartphone apps and satellite technology to bring drivers and passengers together. A passenger requests a ride using the app, which then notifies a driver, who uses GPS to find the passenger. The Uber/Lyft driver picks up the passenger and maps out the route to the destination using GPS. The ride is paid for through the smartphone or with a credit card.
Why are Uber and Lyft So Popular?
Uber and Lyft have gained traction on Long Island for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact they are less expensive than taxis. Because rideshare vehicles are privately owned, they tend to be newer, cleaner and more comfortable — Uber and Lyft have strict guidelines regarding vehicle standards. Moreover, Uber and Lyft drivers respond to passenger requests quickly, arrive at your precise location and take you to your exact destination. Since fares are paid through the app, the entire transaction is seamless and convenient. As ridesharing services become more popular, however, Uber and Lyft accidents may occur with greater frequency.
Who is Liable in an Uber Accident?
Depending on the circumstances, the rideshare company and the driver can be held liable for an accident that results in injuries, however obtaining coverage depends on the following factors:
- Was the driver logged into the app and being connected to a rider?
- Had a trip been accepted and was the driver going to pick up the passenger?
- Was the rideshare driver taking the passenger to his or her destination?
Uber and Lyft are required to carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in automobile insurance which is intended to be the primary coverage for damages caused while drivers are providing a rideshare service. Given the fact that rideshare drivers are independent contractors, however, Uber and Lyft may attempt to deny any liability for a driver’s errors.
Ultimately, ridesharing accident claims may involve multiple parties — Uber’s or Lyft’s insurance company, the rideshare driver’s insurance carrier, or other drivers and their insurance carriers. In any event, the best way to obtain the full value of your claim is to work with the rideshare accident attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Purzak.
Other Factors Involved in Uber and Lyft Accidents
Because Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors, they use their own vehicles, design their own schedules, and often work long hours — at the risk of becoming fatigued. In addition, rideshare drivers are at a higher risk of being distracted by using their smartphones and onboard technology. Because fatigued and distracted Uber and Lyft drivers are more likely to cause accidents, passengers, other motorists and pedestrians are at a greater risk of injury.
Contact Our Nassau & Suffolk County Uber Accident Attorney
Backed by a proven track record of success inside or outside of the courtroom, we know how to help you obtain meaningful compensation. Our legal team is well-versed in the no-fault insurance negligence laws applicable to rideshare accidents. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your accident, obtain and review the police report and medical records, and identify and interview witnesses, the rideshare driver, and representatives from the rideshare company.
Once we determine which party bears responsibility, we will work to help you obtain the full value of your claim. We have extensive experience negotiating favorable settlements with insurers and are fully prepared to litigate any matter if negotiations are unsuccessful. At the Law Offices of Robert Purzak, we handle all Uber and Lyft accident cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case. When you work with our legal team, you can rest assured we will fight to win. Please contact our office as soon as possible to set up a free consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.