Many people rely on rideshare apps to travel in New York City, where approximately 55% of all households don’t own a car. However, Uber or Lyft drivers don’t have additional training or licensing to improve road safety, and accidents happen. Insurance claims for accidents are complicated depending on whether a driver was actively transporting a customer at the time.
When you need a Queens Uber accident lawyer, contact our experienced attorneys at Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates. As your car accident lawyer in Queens, NY, we can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, vehicle damage, and lost wages for time off from work due to your injuries.
Rideshare car crashes can cause severe injuries that lead to long-term pain or limitations. Common injuries in rideshare accident cases include:
Liability for an accident depends on whether the rideshare driver was actively carrying a passenger with the app turned on at the time of the accident. Your Queens Uber accident lawyer can help identify the appropriate liable party. Liability insurance coverage you can file a claim with may include:
New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning you would file a claim through your own insurance company first for injuries in an accident. However, if you sustain a serious injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver or the rideshare company. What is a “serious injury” in New York?
Victims may seek economic, non-economic, and sometimes punitive damages. Damages are monetary compensation to reimburse you after suffering losses due to someone else’s negligence.
Economic damages cover quantifiable losses like medical bills, transportation costs to attend medical appointments, lost wages, and other expenses you incur due to injuries you would not have otherwise.
Non-economic damages cover intangible losses like pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and mental anguish or emotional distress. If the negligent driver was reckless or intentional in their actions to cause the accident, the court may also award punitive damages to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future.
The Uber or Lyft driver themselves or the rideshare company might be liable for the accident, depending on whether the driver was on active duty at the time. The driver is liable under their personal car insurance policy when the app is off, the company is liable when the driver is working and driving with a customer, and either policy might be effective when the driver has the app on but does not have a customer at the time.
Rideshare passengers can sue a driver who caused an accident. If you were a passenger using Lyft or Uber and were seriously injured in an accident, you need to determine which driver was most at fault for causing the accident. While it could have been your driver’s fault, the other driver may have merged inappropriately or run a red light. You might have to file claims against both drivers if they both contributed to the accident.
You can sue either the driver or the rideshare company after an accident. If you have injuries that surpass New York’s serious injury threshold and can’t reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, you may sue the negligent driver or the rideshare company. Having an experienced Queens Uber accident attorney on your side is essential to determine the appropriate party against which to file the claim.