Who is Liable if You are Injured in a Taxi or Rideshare in NYC?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC December 1, 2021 Car Accidents,Personal injury

While taxis have long been a staple of New York City’s streets and avenues, rideshare usage has exploded in NYC in more recent years. In September 2021, the New York Post reported that more than Uber and Lyft users were ordering more than 430,000 rides every day. While these services provide substantial convenience to New Yorkers, this increased volume of rides has brought with it a steady upswing in accidents involving rideshare vehicles, including accidents not only to rideshare drivers and passengers, but also to occupants of other involved vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. These accidents are sometimes quite significant, causing serious injuries to those involved.

If you have been in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle or taxi, and the accident was caused by someone’s else’s negligence, the injuries you suffer, and the medical treatment, physical therapy, and other financial losses you incur from the accident, are recoverable with the help of a motor vehicle accident attorney. Lever & Ecker, PLLC’s lawyers can help you receive the compensation and justice to which you are entitled. If you are in an accident and sustain injuries due to another person’s negligence – whether as a driver, passenger, motorcycle rider, bicyclist or pedestrian – contact a lawyer as soon as possible so they can work on your behalf to recover your damages.

What You Need to Know About Determining Fault in a Taxi or Rideshare Accident

Just like any other accident, collisions involving rideshare vehicles or taxis can be quite complicated. Determining who is at fault for the accident is an essential part of recovering compensation for the accident, but it can be challenging, particularly if the accident involves multiple vehicles or individuals. Investigation may be necessary to determine whether the rideshare or taxi driver was the cause of the accident, or if another individual caused it to occur. In some instances, liability for the accident can be shared by two or more parties, if multiple individuals all contributed to the cause of accident.

Determining, and proving, that another individual is responsible for the accident, and your injuries, is an essential component of your case. Many types of evidence can help determine who was at fault for the accident, including eyewitness observations, photographs/videos and medical documentation. These challenges in proving who is to blame for a rideshare accident only serve to emphasize the need for a top-notch rideshare accident attorney.

Common Causes of Taxi and Rideshare Accidents in New York

New York is well known for its traffic and congestion, and when there are high volumes of people on the road – including those in vehicles, on motorcycles, on bicycles and on foot – the risk of an accident increases. All drivers should be watching the road and staying aware of their surroundings. This is especially important if other individuals are in the vehicle since there may be a risk of more distractions.

The following are a few examples of why a taxi or rideshare accident may occur:

  • Poor driving
  • Running a red light
  • Fatigue
  • Distractions in and out of the vehicle
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Road rage
  • Speeding

Accidents involving rideshare or taxis can involve multiple people and cause devastating injuries. If you were in a taxi, Uber, or Lyft accident, it is crucial that you discuss your case with a motor vehicle accident attorney. When you work with someone familiar with the law, you can trust that they will do everything in their power to protect your rights.

Obtain Top-Notch Legal Representation at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Injuries from a taxi, Uber, or Lyft accident can turn your life upside down. The physical and emotional toll that an accident can have on you and your loved ones is a serious challenge. From debilitating injuries to hospital bills to medication costs, the consequences of an accident can be life-altering.

Our experienced lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, understand the stress and frustration that comes with a rideshare or taxi accident. With over 60 years of combined legal experience, we have the resources and tools to help recover the losses you suffer in an accident. We dedicate our practice to making sure you have legal representation you can rely on and trust.

Call (914) 350-6328 or (718) 550-6924 and fill out our contact form for a free consultation with one of our award-winning accident lawyers.