Uber/Lyft Accidents Lawyer in Manhattan
Uber/Lyft Accidents, or more commonly referred as “Rideshare Accidents,” are accidents in which people are injured physically and/or emotionally by or in taxis, and whose motor vehicles suffer damages as well. Personal injury laws relating to rideshare accidents help determine which individuals were at fault for the incident, which individuals need to pay for medical treatment, and which individuals need to pay for vehicle repairs.
Types of Injuries
Rideshare Accidents can cause numerous types of injuries, commonly including:
Head and Back Injuries
An accident can cause you to hit your head against various parts of the car – ranging from the driving wheel to windows to the dashboard – and potentially suffer from other major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include comas, concussions, fractures, hearing and/or vision loss, and varying degrees of brain injuries.
Back injuries can be suffered by victims of taxi accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injures their back against various parts of the car can suffer from spinal cord damage, reduced sensation in various body parts, varying degrees of paralysis, and a herniated disk.
Neck and Chest Injuries
An accident can cause you to lose control of their head and/or neck due to the impact and suffer major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include whiplash (most common), swelling, and even temporary vocal cord paralysis.
Chest injuries can be suffered by victims of taxi accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injures their chest area as a result of blunt force trauma; such trauma can lead to broken bones, collapsed lung(s), cardiac arrest, internal bleeding, and organ damage.
Arms, Legs, Hands, and Feet Injuries
Victims of rideshare accidents wherein a driver and/or passenger(s) injure their arms, legs, hands, and/or feet due to the impact can suffer major medical repercussions as a result of the impact; such repercussions include broken bones, severed limbs, ligament damage, scarring, emotional distress, and other psychological damage.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Uber/Lyft, and more broadly Rideshare, accidents are commonly caused by negligence, and are thus subject to negligence personal injury laws. Because the operation of motor vehicles comes with the duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances,” getting into a rideshare accident due to a lack of reasonable care is deemed negligent.
Rideshare personal injury claims can take the form of any of the below scenarios:
- A passenger in a rideshare vehicle was injured during a ride
- A driver of a rideshare vehicle was injured while picking up, driving, or dropping off a passenger
- A driver of another vehicle was injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle performing ridesharing-related services
- A passenger of another vehicle was injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle that was on its way to pick up a fare
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Insurance 101: What to Know About Rideshare Accidents
Typically, when you get into a car accident that does not involve a ridesharing vehicle, the #1 step to take is filing a claim against your own New York no-fault Personal Injury Protection insurance policy – referred to commonly as your PIP. Your PIP is required by law in New York to ensure that someone injured in a car accident can receive coverage for any immediate medical treatment without having to wait for a determination of fault. The great thing about your PIP is that, even if you caused the accident, it will still cover the costs associated with any physical injuries you suffered from the accident. Further, your PIP also covers the costs of injuries to any passengers, pedestrians, and/or bicyclists that were injured in the accident – to a certain extent of course. In situations where their injuries cost more than what your PIP can cover, a third-party claim will be filed by your insurance company against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.
NOTE: PIP only covers costs associated with physical injuries, it does not cover costs associated with (I) property damage, (ii) certain severe injuries, (iii) emotional distress, (iv) pain and suffering, or (v) any other non-economic damages. Personal injury lawsuits are thus filed when your PIP AND the at-fault driver’s insurance will not settle for an amount that is deemed to fully cover medical expenses.
Truck Multi-Car Collision
Successfully sued a trucking company that owned a truck involved in a multiple-car collision. Injuries involved the back and head.
Meatpacking NYC Motor Vehicle Accident
Successfully represented a client who got into a motor vehicle accident in the Meatpacking District with a commercial van. Due to the driver’s negligence, we were able to secure a $150,000 settlement after depositions.
Rear-End Car Accident
Successfully represented a driver whose car was struck in the rear by a vehicle that was following too closely in Queens, New York. The driver suffered serious personal injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
Minor Child Car Accident
Successfully represented a minor passenger child of a car accident crash in Brooklyn, New York who suffered severe back and neck injuries due to a crash caused by a drunk driver that struck the car the minor child was traveling in.
Side Door Car Collision
Successfully sued a railroad company that owned a truck involved in a side door car collision. Injuries involved the hand and head.
Successfully represented a client who got into a motor vehicle accident on a street where work was being performed, resulting in serious injuries. We were able to secure a $250,000 settlement after extensive discovery and depositions.