Ride-share journeys have become the norm in New York City, whether with Uber, Lyft, Via etc. Especially now post-pandemic, most commuters are now choosing the comfort of ordering their rides from their cell phones using the ride-sharing applications, be it uber, lyft or via for example. With these applications, you can even schedule pick-ups for later dates and times which is invaluable for people travelling to the airports and different functions and takes away the headaches of worrying about those details last minute. Unfortunately, because of the significant increase in people using Uber and Lyft applications, motor vehicle accidents involving those vehicles are becoming more and more common.
If you were involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, as an Uber or Lyft driver, as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car, or a pedestrian struck by an uber or lyft vehicle, the claim process can be a little more complicated than say a regular motor vehicle accident. The reason for this is because generally, Uber or Lyft drivers are licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and they have their own commercial insurance policy. In addition, if those drivers are using a ridesharing application, there may be additional coverage that applies to the accident but there are a number of questions that need to be asked and answered to determine if those additional policies apply to your case. That’s why it’s crucial that you speak to an Uber or Lyft accident attorney. The New York City Car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Darren T Moore have the experience and the knowledge to handle the complicated process that comes with a ride-sharing accident.
Our office will undertake to investigate the Uber or Lyft accident, identify all responsible parties, gather the facts and information necessary to identify all the relevant insurance policies and file your claim with those insurance policies in an effort to obtain for you Moorejustice for your injuries.
How does Uber and Lyft policies apply to me.
As mentioned above, this is where you need an experienced Uber or Lyft accident attorney. Just because the vehicle involved is an Uber or Lyft vehicle doesn’t necessarily mean that the additional policies apply to your case. There are a number of different factors that need to be investigated in a ride-sharing accident, for example,
- Did the uber or lyft trip begin inside or outside the 5 boroughs of New York?
- Was the intended destination of the uber or lyft trip inside or outside the 5 boroughs of New York?
- Was the driver waiting to pick up a passenger through the app?
- Was the driver signed into the app at the time of the accident and if so, which app?
- Was the driver distracted in any way by the application itself, for example paying more attention to the GPS or the route that the app was taking him/her?
- Was the driver focusing his/her attention on the next trip?
- Did the accident occur while the driver was logged into and using the app?
These factors are important in determining whether the Lyft or Uber insurance policies will apply to your accident. If an on-duty Uber or Lyft driver causes your accident through their negligence, you need to call the Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Darren T Moore P.C., right away. Where injured through the negligence of an Uber or Lyft vehicle, our office will fight for MooreJustice for you in relation to your injuries through that driver’s personal insurance on the vehicle and also through the Lyft or Uber policies that will apply to the vehicle.
It’s crucial that if you have suffered serious personal injuries, injuries that require extensive treatment and potential surgeries, you must seek an attorney that has the know-how and experience in handling ride-sharing accident cases so that they can identify all applicable policies and fight for your full recovery.
Common ride-sharing accidents
Unlike the normal motor vehicle driver, the job of an Uber or Lyft driver isn’t as straight forward and they have a number of different things to deal with before, during and after their trip. The drivers are rated by customers for their service, attentiveness, cleanliness of the car and trip quality. Not only do they have to abide by the rules and regulations that apply to all drivers in New York City, Uber and Lyft drivers also have to make sure that their passengers are safe, comfortable, happy with the service being provided and at the same time, but they also need to be at the beck and call of the active applications either on their mobile phones or on their dashboard. Unfortunately, while juggling all of these things, Uber and Lyft drivers can easily be distracted, which is when serious car accidents occur.
Examples of accidents involving ride-sharing Uber and Lyft vehicles include;
- Trying to take shortcuts
- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Following too closely
- Distracted Driving
- Eyes on the application and not on the road
- Unable to check blind spots
- Inadequately maintained vehicles
- Trying to beat the lights
- Ignoring pedestrians in the crosswalk
If you are involved in a Lyft, or Uber accident, either as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist, it is crucial that you contact the experienced Uber or Lyft Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Darren T Moore P.C. We have handled a number of claims against Uber and Lyft, so we are familiar with the common pitfalls that these claims present.
What type of compensation Can I obtain?
If you’re injured in a ride-share accident involving an Uber or a lyft vehicle and that Uber or Lyft vehicle is to blame for your accident and resulting injuries, our offices will seek compensation for you for your pain and suffering, your medical bills, loss of income, emotional distress, disability and where applicable lower-earning capacity. See our Carr Accident section https://www.injurylawatty.com/practice-area/car-accident-lawyer-new-york/
And the FAQ section for more information https://www.injurylawatty.com/faq/
If you suffered injuries in a crash that involved either an Uber or Lyft or any ride-share vehicle, call us immediately for a free consultation.
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