Steps to Take After an Accident with a Rideshare Driver
Do you want to know what would happen if you were to get involved in a car accident with someone who is driving for a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft? If you have been in an accident with one of these drivers and you are not sure which insurance company would need to take responsibility for the negligence of the driver, there are a few important things for you to know.
The Purpose of Uber and Lyft
Rideshare services are becoming increasingly popular, especially in New York City. People use these services to request a vehicle that they can use to get from one destination to the next. Although they operate a lot like traditional taxis that people would use to get to different places, there are notable differences. Unlike a taxi that gets hailed down from a city street, people simply put in a request on their phones for a vehicle that can take them to their destination.
Many people prefer using Uber and/or Lyft instead of driving, using public transportation, or taking a traditional taxi because their service may be more convenient or affordable. However, there is some unpredictability that goes on with rideshare services and a car or truck accident may result.
What Happens When a Collision Occurs with One of These Drivers?
If you get into an accident with someone who is driving for Lyft or Uber, you need to prove that the driver was liable for the injuries and that there were damages involved. Proving liability may seem complicated, but there are times when it is quite simple. The person driving for Uber or Lyft may have been speeding, running a stoplight, or even going through a stop sign when they should have stopped because it was your turn to go. When the driver is in the wrong, that driver is liable for what happened. If you were injured and your car was totaled, you can prove that damages occurred.
In some cases, it is possible to file a lawsuit against the driver and have the damages paid out by the driver’s insurance company. However, this is only possible if the person driving for Lyft or Uber was not on the job when the accident happened. If it occurred while the individual was working, their insurance company would not cover the damages. You may assume that means that you would not receive any compensation for what you have gone through, but that is not true. Thankfully, both Uber and Lyft have their own insurance policies that cover drivers when they are actively working and for when an accident occurs. As a result, you can make sure that an Uber or Lyft driver is held accountable for their negligence on the road.
How to Handle the Situation
You should handle the situation in the same way that you would handle any car accident:
- Obtain contact information from the driver
- Call the police to make a report of the accident
- Take photos with your phone or camera
- Get information from witnesses, if applicable
After seeking medical attention, it’s important to contact a skilled personal injury lawyer who can protect your rights and obtain maximum compensation. At Proner & Proner, we are experienced in representing clients who have been injured in Uber accidents. We will fight aggressively for you.
Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Uber or Lyft Accident Case in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of car accidents in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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