Chester, NY Uber Accident Attorneys Fight for Injury Compensation

New York ridesharing accident lawyers helps victims of Uber and Lyft

The ridesharing industry has taken the world by storm. Uber, the leading rideshare company with more than 50 percent of the market share, completes about 14 million rides per day in 600 cities in 65 countries. Lyft, which commands 39 percent of the market share, continues to increase the cities and riders it serves. This growth is good news for rideshare companies, shareholders and consumers who rely on these services, but not for victims of auto accidents caused by rideshare drivers. Those injured parties have to make claims against very powerful and impersonal corporations that often try to shift responsibility back onto low-paid drivers. If you find yourself in this situation, rely on Meth Law Offices, PC. We provide determined legal representation that delivers positive results, even against the most powerful defendants.

Rideshare accidents are surging

Rideshare companies claim their services promote road safety by taking potential drunk drivers off the road. But there is little statistical evidence to support that assertion. What is certain is that rideshare companies — Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno, and others — put more drivers out on the road who wouldn’t be there if they were not cruising for fares. More traffic inevitably means more accidents. Additionally, there is no special licensing requirement to be a rideshare driver, and companies have been criticized for lax vetting of drivers to ensure passenger safety. Conservative estimates attribute a two to three percent increase in traffic accidents and traffic fatalities to rideshare drivers.

Determining liability for rideshare accidents

When it comes to assigning fault, a rideshare accident is no different from any other. An injured party must prove that a driver was negligent and that the negligence directly caused the accident. Typical negligent acts include:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Making an abrupt lane change
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield the right of way

If the evidence shows that a rideshare driver was at fault, the crucial question becomes one of insurance coverage.

Knowledgeable advisers explain how rideshare auto accident insurance works

After a high-profile, fatal accident, Uber changed its insurance policy and now covers certain accidents up to $1 million. Other rideshare companies have adopted similar plans. Whether the rideshare company’s insurance policy covers an accident depends on the circumstances in play when the accident occurred.

If the driver is offline or the Driver app is off, the driver’s personal insurance coverages apply.

If the driver is available or waiting for a ride request, Uber auto insurance can supplement personal insurance up to:

  • $50,000 in bodily injury per person
  • $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 in property damage per accident

If the driver is en route to pick up riders or carrying a passenger, Uber provides up to $1,000,000 third-party liability, as well as other benefits.

Why you should retain an attorney for your rideshare accident

Even if the million-dollar policy is available for your accident, there’s no guarantee Uber or any other rideshare company will write a check. These companies have deep legal departments and they are determined to minimize any liability payouts. To obtain a fair settlement, you should immediately contact a reputable personal injury attorney to manage your case. Our attorneys are determined to fight for your financial recovery, which can include payments for medical bills now and in the future, lost income due to injury, compensation for your pain and suffering, and the full value of your damaged property.

Contact a Chester, New York rideshare injury lawyer for a free initial consultation

Meth Law Offices, PC represents victims of rideshare accidents in the Chester area. To schedule a free initial consultation with a determined and professional personal injury attorney, please call 845-610-6595 or contact us online. Our office is located at 10 Moffatt Lane, just off U.S. 6.