When you use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft, you are trusting your driver to get you around safely. Unfortunately, you will always run the risk of being involved in a car accident. Due to most ridesharing companies’ policies, handling these legal suits can quickly become a complicated process. Here’s what you should know if you are injured in a crash while riding in an Uber or Lyft.
What You Should Do After the Crash?
Immediately after an automobile accident, you should determine whether you have any serious injuries and seek medical attention if needed. Next, document key evidence such as pictures and witness statements to help support your report to the police and your insurance company. Rather than providing your ridesharing service with a statement, you should consider reaching out to an accident attorney who can help you fully understand your legal options.
Who Can You Sue?
Uber and Lyft drivers are considered contractors—not employees. Because of this policy, ridesharing companies often deny accident claims and deem the driver responsible, but this depends on the situation. Technically, if the accident occurred while you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, then the ridesharing company should offer coverage up to $1 million, but, as previously mentioned, they will often deny accident claims since drivers are not employers. That’s why it’s crucial to gather as much evidence as possible and work with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with these specific cases and laws.
What if You’re Involved as a Pedestrian?
Some of the most devastating ridesharing accidents occur when a driver hits a pedestrian. If you have been involved in this type of pedestrian accident, it is essential to understand your rights and immediately seek medical attention. In the state of New York, pedestrians benefit from a “no-fault” law that guarantees coverage for up to $50,000 of economic losses due to an accident, regardless of who is at fault. Despite this, an accident attorney can assist you in receiving possible compensation that exceeds these limits.
Contact Our Dedicated Team at Leav & Steinberg
Car accident injuries can have long-lasting effects on your life, and you shouldn’t be held financially responsible for them. If you’ve been involved in a ridesharing accident, an experienced accident lawyer can help you navigate the aftermath and receive possible compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers at Leav & Steinberg LLP have received notable settlements for clients across the New York State area. Contact us at 212-766-5222 to schedule your free consultation today.