Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular and dependable ridesharing services in New York City. Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft drivers are only human, and it’s not uncommon for them to get into accidents. Typically, these accidents don’t result in injuries, but, sometimes, they do. If you were hurt in such an accident, you should speak with an experienced New York City Uber/Lyft accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today to learn more about how we can help you through each phase of the process ahead.
Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer Serving Clients in New York City
Uber and Lyft accidents can be just as jarring as any other type of auto accident. Sometimes, even more so, as when we’re passengers, we may be immersed in our phones or otherwise not paying attention, only to be startled by a loud crash and insufficient time to brace ourselves. Those hurt because of negligent Uber or Lyft drivers deserve a competent New York City auto accident lawyer who can fight in their corner. Fortunately, you’re in the right place.
Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents
Uber and Lyft accidents occur for many of the same reasons as other automobile accidents. Typically, Uber and Lyft accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of driver negligence here in New York City are as follows:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Texting, glancing at a GPS or otherwise driving while distracted
- Speeding to get passengers to their destinations timely
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Disregarding traffic lights and signs
What to Consider After an Uber/Lyft Accident
Uber and Lyft accidents are different from more “standard” auto accidents in that Uber/Lyft has a liability coverage system in place, designed to compensate passengers injured under certain circumstances. You should note, however, that if an Uber or Lyft driver was not logged into the rideshare app at the time of your accident, Uber/Lyft typically won’t provide any liability coverage, and you’ll instead have to sue the driver’s personal insurance company. Our firm has significant experience conducting investigations into these accidents to determine whether the Uber/Lyft driver was either carrying a passenger or en route to pick up a passenger at the time of the accident, as these ridesharing services don’t always volunteer this information from the start. In fact, they’ve been known to conceal it. That said, with us on your side, you can feel confident in your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve and need to heal.
Contact Our NYC Injury Team Today
The bottom line is that if you’ve been hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident, the time to act is now. Contact a knowledgeable and skilled New York City Uber/Lyft accident lawyer from our legal team today to schedule your free case evaluation with the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum.