Over the last decade, rideshare apps have boomed in popularity, and brands like Uber and Lyft are now household names. Mobile ridesharing services may provide New Yorkers and tourists with convenient, inexpensive transportation options, but they require entrusting your safety in the hands of a complete stranger. Unfortunately, these apps do not always correctly vet their drivers, and accidents are not uncommon.
If you are in an accident while in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service vehicle (or in another vehicle in an accident caused by the driver of a rideshare vehicle), it can be challenging to figure out what rights you have. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our White Plains personal injury attorneys help victims of rideshare accidents hold the negligent parties accountable for the damages they have caused.
Since all accidents are unique, liability is determined on a case-by-case basis. In White Plains, any of the following parties can be held responsible for injuries and other damages that are caused by a rideshare accident:
Like most businesses, rideshare companies want to maximize their profits. To avoid cutting into their revenue, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft often attempt to minimize their responsibility in the event of an accident. A few ways rideshare companies try to avoid paying victims for their injuries are by:
As a rideshare passenger, the likelihood that you were at fault for your auto accident is slim. More than likely, the at-fault party is the Uber or Lyft driver, or the driver of another vehicle. A Lever & Ecker, PLLC rideshare accident lawyer can identify all possible liable parties in your rideshare accident claim.
The amount of insurance available to compensate individuals who have been injured in accidents caused by rideshare drivers varies substantially, primarily based on the location where the ride originated, and, more particularly, as to whether the ride originated within or outside the five boroughs of New York City. Damages, both for past and future damages, can include:
Punitive damages may be awarded in rare cases where the conduct of the defendant was found to be wanton, outrageous, grossly negligent, or intentional. Awards for punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoing party and deter others from committing similar acts. Although punitive damages are not applicable in many personal injury cases, a personal injury lawyer at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can help you determine the types of compensation you may be entitled to as the result of your accident.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare vehicle accident, partner with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our White Plains rideshare accident lawyers not only understand the legal aspects of the rideshare industry but have over 65 years of combined experience recovering compensation for New York car accident victims.
A Lever & Ecker, PLLC attorney can discuss your rideshare accident injury case in-depth, create a solid legal strategy, and take the necessary steps to fight for compensation on your behalf. Complete our contact form today to schedule a free consultation, or call (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632. We are standing by twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Late evening and weekend appointments are also available for your convenience.