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Were you hurt in an Uber accident in Brooklyn, NY? An experienced Brooklyn Uber accidents lawyer at Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
We’ve been helping accident victims like you for more than 25 years. Whether you were a passenger, Uber driver, or even a pedestrian, we’ll use that experience to demand the full compensation you deserve.
Taking legal action might seem overwhelming. Call our law firm in Brooklyn, New York, at (718) 802-1600 today to see how our legal advice can help.
Injuries sustained in a rideshare accident can impact you for years to come. A serious injury can take a dramatic toll–and affect you both physically and emotionally. When someone else was responsible, you shouldn’t have to take the financial hit.
Uber accident claims are more complex than most injury cases. Uber and other rideshare giants are likely to fight your claim.
Their insurance companies might claim that you caused the crash or that your injuries weren’t serious. An experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn can help.
You can trust our Brooklyn, NY team to:
Injury claims are always more complicated when multiple parties are involved. In Uber accident cases, multiple parties are almost always involved. They’ll each try to point the finger at someone else to avoid paying your damages.
You don’t deserve that. Call a Brooklyn personal injury attorney who can handle the legal aspects of your claim today. That way, you can dedicate your time to recovering.
It’s hard to say how many Uber accidents happen in Brooklyn each year. Uber drivers are independent contractors who use their own personal vehicles. NYPD crash data doesn’t specify when an Uber driver was involved.
Uber recently released its first safety report. In 2017 alone, Uber drivers drove over 8.2 billion miles. According to the report, 49 people lost their lives in Uber accidents during 2017. However, the report–which was prepared by the rideshare company itself–did not account for those injured Uber wrecks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is paying attention to Uber crashes, as well. NHTSA research shows that fatal accidents increased by 2% to 4% each year since ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft began operating.
It’s tough to put an exact dollar amount on the value of a case without knowing the facts.
Generally, the value of injury claims is influenced by:
The amount of available car insurance coverage is also important–especially in Uber accident cases.
Uber is required to purchase commercial insurance to protect accident victims. Because Uber drivers are trying to make money on the roads, most personal insurance policies won’t cover any damage in an accident.
However, the Uber insurance policy kicks in whenever an Uber driver is involved in a crash. The value of the available coverage depends on the driver’s status.
If the driver is ready and available to accept a passenger through the Uber app, the following coverage applies under New York ridesharing insurance laws:
On the other hand, if the Uber driver has already accepted a passenger, up to $1.25 million in coverage may be available. That’s true whether the passenger is already in the vehicle or if the driver is on the way to pick the passenger up.
The rideshare policy also provides uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. That might become important in a hit-and-run or if other responsible parties don’t have adequate insurance.
If the Uber app is turned off, typical no-fault insurance rules apply. In other words, the driver’s own personal insurance policy will be available.
Uber and Lyft accident victims are entitled to full compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.
Economic damages include things like:
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include damages for:
Uber crashes can also be fatal. If you lost a loved one, we can help you through this difficult time by filing an action for wrongful death.
Under New York law, it’s possible to recover damages even if you’re being blamed for the Uber accident. In fact, you should expect the insurance company to try this strategy. After all, the commercial insurance policy at stake will likely offer more generous coverage than your typical no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
New York comparative fault rules are relatively lenient. You can recover compensation even if you were 99% at-fault. As long as someone else was even 1% liable, you can hold them accountable.
On the other hand, your damages award can be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. You can also be held liable to others if anyone else was hurt in the crash.
There’s no special protection offered to ridesharing passengers in a crash. Uber and Lyft drivers use their own personal vehicles–which are just ordinary passenger vehicles.
That means you can suffer a serious injury in an Uber accident just like any other motor vehicle crash.
In fact, Uber accident victims often sustain:
Were you hurt in an Uber accident in Brooklyn? Call our law firm to schedule a free case review to learn more about your rights.
Uber drivers make mistakes like anyone else. In fact, Uber drivers are often tired and in a hurry–meaning that they may be even more likely to cause a crash.
Some of the most common causes of Uber accidents in Brooklyn include:
Millions of people depend on Uber to get them home safely. If you were hurt, you deserve to know why. Contact The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for information about how our Brooklyn Uber accident attorneys can help.
Uber liability insurance limits might be higher than those typically available in car accident cases. The legal theories involved in Uber cases are the same as those that apply in other motor vehicle accident cases. That usually means the accident victim will have to prove negligence.
Negligence is a legal theory that consists of four primary elements: (1) duty of care, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages.
A simple example can illustrate. All drivers have a duty of care. That duty involves acting as a reasonable person would under the circumstances. If a driver runs a red light, the driver has breached the duty of care.
Assume the driver hits a pedestrian, who is injured. If the pedestrian requires medical care and has to miss work because of the crash, the accident has caused damages.
Accident victims only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. For Uber accident victims in New York City, the personal injury statute of limitations is three years–and the clock starts ticking on the date of the accident.
Were you or a loved one injured in an Uber accident? You don’t have to fight with the insurance company alone. An experienced Brooklyn Uber accidents lawyer at The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. We’re ready to get started, so call today to schedule a free consultation.
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