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Bronx Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare apps have been applauded for their potential to cut down on impaired driving, provide generally affordable transportation, and reduce traffic. However, some critics suggest that ridesharing services might not be as beneficial as we once thought. With more and more rideshare drivers hitting the Bronx streets, more cars than usual are on our roadways. Inevitably, when the number of cars increases, so will the number of accidents.

If you have suffered an injury or lost someone you love in an accident that involved an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare service in the Bronx, you could be entitled to compensation. Our Bronx rideshare accident attorneys can help you recover significant compensation for the damages you and your loved ones have suffered. Our team has more than 60 years of combined experience providing the highest quality legal representation to injured victims in the Bronx.

Who Could Be Held Responsible for Damages Suffered in a Bronx Rideshare Accident?

Despite the popularity of rideshare services, the industry is still relatively young, and the government has yet to fully address many of the legal issues that have arisen. 

Complicating matters in accidents is the fact that numerous people and entities may be involved, such as:

  • The rideshare driver
  • The rideshare company
  • Other drivers, including sometimes other rideshare drivers
  • Other third parties
  • Passengers

As with most businesses, rideshare corporations like Uber and Lyft will typically do everything they can to maximize their profits and minimize their liabilities, including as to responsibility in the event of a crash. A couple of strategies they may implement to reduce their accountability in a crash are listed below.

Forced Arbitration

In an attempt to avoid the courtroom process, a rideshare company may try to force arbitration, in an effort to require victims to submit any disputes to binding arbitration as a condition of using the service. However, this tactic can only be used against the individual directly using the app to hire the service, meaning pedestrians, other drivers and passengers of other vehicles are not restricted to forced arbitration and are permitted to sue the ridesharing company.

Independently Contracted Drivers

Many rideshare companies will try to minimize their liability in a crash by classifying their drivers as “independent contractors” rather than direct employees. However, this approach is seldomly effective, and the company will generally be found responsible for the actions of anyone engaging in tasks that benefit the company under their guidance.

Common Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents in the Bronx, New York

The people who drive for ridesharing services do not have their driving skills evaluated before they are hired. This means that more unsafe drivers could now be spending more time on our roads. If your rideshare driver was participating in any of the following activities when they caused your accident, they might owe you compensation for your damages:

  • Driving aggressively
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while distracted by their GPS
  • Drowsy driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
  • Illegally passing
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding while rushing to their next fare
  • Stopping abruptly to pick up passengers
  • Swerving
  • Tailgating
  • Texting while driving
  • Generally driving negligently and causing an accident

A Bronx rideshare accident lawyer can conduct an in-depth review of your case, create a rock-solid legal strategy, and take the required steps to recover compensation from the responsible party on your behalf.

Skilled Rideshare Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Victims in the Bronx, New York

Uber and Lyft have made affordable transportation more convenient than ever before. Unfortunately, rideshare services may not be as safe as their mass transit counterparts. If you have suffered an injury in a Bronx rideshare accident, you may have the right to pursue recovery for your injuries and other damages.

Lever & Ecker, PLLC’s Bronx rideshare accident attorneys stand by Uber and Lyft accident victims in the Bronx throughout every stage of their claims and litigation process. Our award-winning lawyers work tirelessly to pursue the rights of injured victims just like you. With over 60 years of combined experience, we have successfully recovered many millions in compensation for our clients.

Call (718) 933-3632 to schedule a free review of your claim. You may also fill out our contact form to learn more about your legal options.

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