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Uber has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation for city dwellers who don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot in New York City, college students who don’t own a car, retirees who no longer drive, and everyone in between. Grabbing an Uber is so easy and convenient, and can be more affordable than other available options. What could possibly go wrong?
Unfortunately, a lot. Uber accidents are not uncommon and while you may think that taking an Uber is no different than hopping in a taxicab or limo when it comes to accidents, you are wrong. If your Uber driver gets into an accident and you are injured, the ease of taking an Uber just became complicated very quickly. Personal injury attorneys at Proner & Proner have extensive experience with Uber accidents and a track record of success in recovering just compensation for victims.
Taxicab companies that operate in New York must meet the vehicle safety requirements set by the state. Taxicab companies are required to perform vehicle repair maintenance and they lease their vehicles to the drivers. In contrast, Uber drivers operate their own vehicles to transport their passengers. And Uber drivers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the rideshare vehicle.
When there is an accident, usually the company that employs the driver as an employee can be held responsible for any injuries sustained in an accident. But Uber accidents are different. Uber classifies their drivers as independent contractors, not as employees of the company.
If you are injured in an Uber accident — either as an Uber passenger or if you were struck by an Uber driver — you may seek compensation for your injuries and other losses under personal injury law. In order to do so, you must demonstrate that the Uber driver was negligent and that their negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Negligence is front and foremost in a personal injury claim; without it, there is no basis for a claim.
When you are injured in a car accident, the standard course of action is to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible, who then submits the claim to their car insurance company. But if the driver was an Uber driver who was operating the vehicle for money, then their personal car insurance policy will not cover the accident.
Insurance policies specify that the coverage is provided for a driver that is operating a vehicle for personal use; providing ride-sharing services is not personal use so the insurance carrier will deny the claim. To address this, Uber offers liability insurance to their drivers. The liability insurance takes over after the Uber driver’s personal car insurance policy denies the claim.
Uber provides liability insurance for their drivers and the coverage varies depending upon when the Uber accident occurs. Specifically, the liability coverage is broken into categories as follows:
If you have been involved in an Uber accident, you may file a personal injury claim to recover damages for any injuries and other losses you sustained in the accident. You may receive compensation for any of the following losses:
When you have been injured in an Uber accident, the aftermath can be overwhelming. In addition to injuries and other losses, you now face the complicated process of trying to recover compensation for those losses.
Results-driven Uber accident attorneys at Proner & Proner are experienced and knowledgeable, successfully recovering just compensation for those injured in accidents. Our Uber accident attorneys will provide a free evaluation of your case and answer your questions. Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
The first step to take after an Uber accident is to seek medical attention for any injuries you sustained. Then call the police to report the accident. The next step is to obtain the names, contact information, and insurance details of everyone involved in the accident.
It is also important to collect contact information from any witnesses. Then take photos of the scene of the accident, the vehicles involved, road conditions, your injuries, and anything else relevant to the accident.
The statute of limitations — the legal timeframe — for filing a personal injury claim in New York is three years from the time the accident occured. It is important to note this timeframe; your claim will be dismissed if it is filed after this deadline.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.