New York Uber Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury in an Uber accident, our experienced New York Uber accident lawyers are here to help you. Contact us today.
In 2009, Uber took the world by storm. The ridesharing giant offered urban residents and tourists an inexpensive, fast, and reliable way to get around town. By 2011, Uber conquered New York City and started service throughout Manhattan and the five boroughs.
While the city’s cab companies initially resisted the competition, by 2015, it was Uber’s most profitable market. Yet, the growth of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft has not come without difficulty.
The increase in Uber vehicles on the road has resulted in serious and fatal accidents to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers.
If you suffer an injury in an Uber accident in New York, do you know where to turn for help? Who pays your medical expenses? Is Uber responsible? Contact the New York personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today for a free consultation.
Successful New York Uber Accident Lawyers
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our track record of success speaks for itself. We have helped injured New Yorkers collect millions after a serious accident. We know that sometimes employees, even independent contractors, get into accidents. When this occurs, we can hold the employer responsible. We helped one client obtain a $1.272 million settlement after a drunk driver hit him on Webster Ave in the Bronx. At the time of the crash, the driver drove his company vehicle. Even though the employer’s liability policy did not include crashes, we fought aggressively for our client and won.
While past success does not guarantee future results, you can rest assured knowing you have a tenacious injury lawyer on your side from the start. We bring this fierce sense of legal justice to all our injury cases – and it shows.
The New York Uber accident lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP understand the complexities surrounding Uber accidents. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may file a claim with Uber. Without legal representation, however, you may not get the money you need to move forward after your accident and put your life back together. That is why we work tirelessly for our injured clients. We can investigate the details surrounding your accident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Uber in New York State
You can grab an Uber in multiple places throughout the state of New York. However, in New York City, you can find one on virtually every street corner. The ridesharing service contracts with roughly 80,000 drivers in the city alone. You can also find Uber in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Syracuse and throughout Upstate New York.
Where can Uber take you? Residents in Upstate New York use Uber to take trips to the mall, supermarkets, colleges, and even casinos. In particular, taking Uber to the supermarket and Walmart is a growing trend. Last year, residents made more than 100,000 trips to supermarkets across the major Upstate New York cities.
Where in New York do most people use Uber? Surprisingly, more people used Uber to head to and from the Queens Center Mall than any other location. The Elmhurst emporium is home to more than 198 stores and is the most popular destination in the state for Uber. Within city limits, the other most Ubered-to-destination included the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kings Plaza in Brooklyn.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our New York Uber accident attorneys are tenacious advocates for injured accident survivors. We have helped New Yorkers involved in ridesharing accidents including:
- Uber X
- Uber XL
- Other ridesharing services, including Lyft
Uber Accident Liability Is Complex
If you suffered an injury in an Uber accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. After all, these injuries were entirely preventable. However, collecting compensation is not always easy. That is because Uber accident liability is complex.
After suffering an injury in an Uber accident, liability is not always clear. Since Uber classifies its drivers as independent contractors, Uber does not always accept liability when their drivers make mistakes. As such, injured accident survivors may not know where to file a claim after an accident. Who is liable for the accident—Uber or the driver?
To make matters even more complicated, the courts disagree about whether rideshare drivers are independent contractors or actual employees. As such, our firm is constantly monitoring these laws and cases as they occur. This gives us a significant advantage when litigating Uber injury cases in court. It also allows us to achieve maximum compensation for our injured clients.
For now, who accepts responsibility for the accident and your injuries depends largely on whether the driver was actively engaged as an Uber driver at the time of the accident. Our lawyers will investigate the details surrounding your accident to determine if the Uber driver was in driving mode at the time of the crash.
New York’s No Fault Insurance Laws
New York is a no-fault state. By law, if you suffer an injury in an accident in New York, you must turn to your own personal injury protection policy to pay medical expenses and related damages before you can file a claim against the driver’s insurance policy.
No-fault laws attempt to expedite the process of collecting money after a car accident by preventing accident survivors from having to dispute fault. However, it is rarely that easy. Accident survivors often face an uphill battle even in no-fault states, and frequently must hire us to help collect from their own no-fault policies. Don’t hesitate to call us if your PIP insurance is delaying, denying, or reducing the benefits you paid for.
If you don’t have a car and don’t carry PIP but suffered injuries while walking or riding a bike due to another driver’s negligence, call to see if we can help you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Driver Not in Driving Mode
If an Uber driver does not have their app on, they are not in driving mode. In this situation, the driver is solely responsible for their own actions.
To drive for Uber, all drivers must purchase their own auto insurance policies. These policies must meet at least the state minimums. In New York, all drivers must have a minimum amount of liability coverage.
- $10,000 for property damage
- $25,000 for bodily injury for one person/$50,000 for two or more people
- $50,000 for the death of one person/$100,000 for the death of two or more people
If you suffered serious injury and reached the no-fault threshold, you may file a personal injury lawsuit to seek further damages. A lawyer at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP can help you through the legal process after an Uber accident.
Driver Waiting for a Ride Request
If a driver is in driving mode but has not picked up a passenger yet, Uber may cover the damages from the accident. In this situation, Uber or the driver may argue about liability. A New York Uber lawyer at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP may review the details surrounding your accident and help determine if you can file a claim with Uber.
If so, Uber’s policy covers:
- $25,000 in property damages
- $50,000 bodily injury for each injured person
- $100,000 for total injuries in the accident
Driver in Driving Mode
If the Uber driver is actively in driving mode at the time of the accident, Uber’s $1 million umbrella insurance policy kicks in. This covers all drivers and passengers that suffered an injury in the accident. It also covers damages if an uninsured motorist causes your accident and injuries. This is the most comprehensive coverage and enables injured accident survivors to collect maximum compensation after an accident.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in an Uber Accident?
After suffering an injury in an Uber accident in New York, call our law firm immediately. Uber accidents are complex. That is why you must discuss your accident and your injuries with an experienced New York Uber accident lawyer at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. We can advise you about your legal options and the next steps to take after a crash. Without a lawyer, you might not receive the compensation you need to fully recover and put your life back together again.
While you focus on your recovery, we can investigate your accident and begin negotiating with insurance companies. To do this, we may need to employ accident reconstruction teams, review the evidence, discuss your injuries with medical experts, and obtain copies of the police report.
As part of their business, Uber keeps GPS and electronic records. These records include valuable information about what their drivers did while they drove. This can help your case tremendously. Uber has a duty to save that evidence after an accident. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our attorneys can send an official notice to Uber to save, preserve, and turn over this evidence for your case.
We have built injury cases to collect maximum compensation since 1972. That is why so many injured New York accident victims choose us to represent them after a ridesharing accident.
While we work to build your case, accident survivors can help obtain the compensation they deserve. You should:
- Attend all doctor’s appointments and follow-up visits
- Do not miss therapy appointments
- Fill all prescription medications
- Keep receipts of all medical expenses, including over-the-counter medications
- Keep accurate records of appointments and mileage driven
- Keep open communication with your lawyer
- Do not post on social media
- Do not speak to the insurance company without talking to our law firm
What Are the Common Causes of Uber Accidents?
Like most car accidents, driver error is responsible for a large number of Uber accidents. When an Uber driver fails to pay attention or chooses to drive recklessly, serious and catastrophic accidents occur.
Sadly, Uber drivers may drive distracted more than other drivers. While driving, many Uber drivers are also busy looking for their next passengers and interacting with their apps. As a result, they may not see pedestrians, bicyclists, or other drivers. This results in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. In fact, since 2011, the rise of ridesharing services like Uber has contributed to a 3 percent increase in traffic deaths and countless injuries.
The most common causes of Uber accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
One of the most common reasons Uber car accidents occur is a practice known as deadheading. This is when Uber drivers drive aimlessly around a city waiting for a passenger. On average, Uber drivers in New York City drive 2.8 miles between fares. When drivers are searching for passengers, they may not recognize motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the road.
What Are Common Injuries Caused by Uber Accidents?
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our lawyers have represented countless survivors after Uber accidents, including those who suffered from:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
What Compensation Can You Receive After an Uber Accident?
New York law allows Uber accident victims the ability to collect compensatory damages for their injuries. This includes both economic and non-economic damages. In some rare cases, courts may award punitive damages to accident survivors.
These damages compensate an accident survivor for out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries. These types of damages are easy to quantify and include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Long-term care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
These types of damages are more difficult to quantify. They are subjective in nature, but real, and include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability or physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disfigurement
How Long Do I Have to File My Uber Accident Claim?
Accident survivors do not have long to file a claim in the state of New York. When you suffer an injury in an Uber accident, you only have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This is known as the New York statute of limitations. If you miss this deadline, you cannot file a future claim for compensation.
We know that three years might sound like a lot of time. However, after a crash, this time can go by quickly as you focus on your recovery. That is why you need a law firm on your side to investigate your accident and gather the evidence needed to build your case.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we can help you avoid missing critical deadlines after an accident.
We Are New York Negotiators, Litigators, and Legal Advocates
From the moment you step into our office, you will notice the difference. Our lawyers spend time personally getting to know you and your case. We know that your needs and concerns are unique. That is why we do not take a cookie-cutter approach to personal injury law—and it shows.
After an Uber accident, we collect the evidence needed to build your case, one that seeks maximum compensation. While we make every attempt to negotiate a fair settlement for you, we are not afraid to go to court. We can take your case to trial if the insurance company or Uber refuses to work with you after an accident. We are experienced trial lawyers with the resources and dedication New York accident survivors need.
The Uber Accident Lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP Are on Your Side
If you suffer an injury in an Uber accident in New York, our experienced Uber accident lawyers are here to help you. We know that obtaining compensation after a ridesharing accident is not easy. That is why we want to help you through the process and answer all your questions from the start.
Call us for a free case evaluation at (877) 505-2368. You can also email us or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer all our services on a contingency basis. That means you do not pay us a penny unless we can collect compensation for you. It is one way we help injured accident survivors seek justice after a serious accident.
Call us today. We are here to help!
“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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