Who Is At-Fault When a Rideshare Driver Hits a Pedestrian?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 10, 2021 Pedestrian Accidents

New York is filled with Uber and Lyft drivers and is another form of transportation that many visitors and residents take advantage of when traveling. The New York Post states that, as of September 2021, Uber and Lyft were conducting approximately 432,581 daily rides. With extensive traffic, including from a substantial number of rideshare vehicles, pedestrians are at increased risk of suffering severe injuries from a negligent driver.

Pedestrians and motor vehicles share the streets of New York, but the fast-paced culture can cause some drivers to act carelessly and cause an accident, including an accident involving a pedestrian. If you suffer severe injuries in a rideshare accident and need legal assistance, contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC, for an experienced and knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney.

Insurance Coverage in a Rideshare Accident

People walking the streets are much more vulnerable in an accident with a motor vehicle due to the lack of a buffer between them and the car. You may be wondering who is responsible for an accident caused by a rideshare driver. The answer to this largely depends on whether the Uber, Lyft or other rideshare driver was driving in the course of their rideshare duties when the accident occurred. Believe it or not, the amount of insurance available for an accident involving a rideshare driver depends on whether the driver was logged into the app at the time of the accident and also whether the driver was awaiting a ride request or actively driving a rideshare passenger.

Thus, the amount of insurance available to compensate an injured pedestrian for the actions of a rideshare driver is highly dependent on the “mode” the driver was in at the time of the accident.

Given these complexities, if you are in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. With their help, you can seek to hold the rideshare driver and company accountable for their negligence.

What Types of Compensation Can I Recover after a Rideshare Accident?

The types of injuries sustained in a rideshare accident depend on the nature and severity of the crash. From the vehicle’s speed to the location of the injuries, the damages you suffer can change your life forever. Below are some examples of the compensation you can recover with the help of an experienced attorney:

  • Past and future pain and suffering, including surgeries
  • Past and future lost wages/income
  • Treatment and hospital fees
  • Medical transportation
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
  • Costs of prescription medication
  • Property damage
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages

The losses you sustain after an accident can significantly impact your life. When you work with a pedestrian accident lawyer to recover your losses from an accident, you can trust that they will do everything in their power to protect your rights and intentions.

Find Dependable Legal Assistance at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Severe injuries in a pedestrian accident can cause the person to require emergency medical treatment. The hospital bills, transportation fees, and treatment costs can all become roadblocks in an individual’s recovery. Our team at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to, to allow you to focus on your path to a successful recovery.

We have over 60 years of combined experience advocating for the interests of our clients. With dedication and a passion for justice, we are prepared to fight for your rights. Our personalized legal services are tailored specifically to your case and the necessary resources required to have a strong claim.

Call (914) 350-6328 or (718) 550-6924 and fill out our contact form for a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian lawyer today.