I Was In A Rideshare Accident. Can I Sue Uber Or Lyft?
Rideshare services are becoming increasingly popular by the day. They more comfortable than taking the bus or subway, and are almost always cheaper than a traditional taxi. Unfortunately, there may be a steep hidden cost to those low prices.
If you get into an accident with a rideshare driver or while riding as a passenger, compensation through insurance can quickly become very complex. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the only way to claim the compensation you need and deserve.
Insurance Likely To Be In Dispute
Uber and Lyft require their drivers to carry auto insurance. But drivers typically only carry a personal auto policy, which doesn’t cover injuries that occur while the vehicle is being used commercially (because the driver should have been paying for a commercial policy).
Thankfully, New York state law mandates that rideshare companies carry liability coverage for their drivers and passengers, which we discuss on our rideshare accidents page. But even this liability isn’t straightforward. Insurance coverage for these vehicles and drivers can literally change from moment to moment because coverage rates vary according to whether there was a passenger in the car. There may even be a dispute about whether the driver was waiting for a ride request, on the way to pick up a passenger or had just finished dropping someone off.
Because insurance companies make money by denying or limiting claims, they are likely to disclaim liability or severely limit it whenever possible. That’s why you need an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side from the beginning of the process. Our rideshare attorneys will push for the maximum possible payout on your behalf, and are ready to litigate your claim if the insurance company refuses to provide an acceptable settlement offer.
Not all personal injury firms are equipped or knowledgeable enough to take on rideshare accident claims. But our attorneys have been advocating for rideshare accident victims since this new form of transportation first appeared.
Have Questions About Your Rideshare Accident? Talk To An Attorney For Free.
Edelman & Edelman, P.C., is a team of dedicated attorneys fighting for the rights of those who have been injured. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us in New York at 212-235-1197. You can also reach us through our online contact form.