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Nassau County Uber Accident LawyerWere you or a loved one recently injured in an Uber accident in Nassau County, New York? If someone else is responsible for the accident, you could be entitled to compensation. The Nassau County Uber accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to hold them financially accountable for your medical care, lost income, and suffering.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel has more than 25 years of experience successfully recovering substantial financial awards for injured victims. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for individuals injured due to the carelessness of others.

We offer free case evaluations so that you can fully understand your legal rights and options. Contact our law office to learn more about how we can help, call us today at (212) 564 2800.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Can Help After an Uber Accident in Nassau County

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Can Help After an Uber Accident in Nassau CountyYour number one priority after your accident is getting better. You may not think you need a lawyer, but there are many ways we can help. We can fight for your compensation while you take the time you need to recover.

When you hire our Nassau County personal injury lawyers, we can:

  • Immediately launch a full investigation into your accident to pinpoint the cause
  • Locate and interview witnesses who can back up your story
  • Put a full array of experts behind your case
  • Handle all negotiations and communications with insurance companies and at-fault parties
  • Obtain any available video footage of your accident
  • Send an award-winning trial lawyer to fight for you in court, if necessary

And you don’t have to worry that top-rate legal representation isn’t affordable. We know that finances can be tight after an accident. So we front the costs of everything needed to build a solid strategy and support for your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. So there’s never any risk to you.

How Common Are Uber Accidents in Nassau County, NY?

How Common Are Uber Accidents in Nassau County, NY?It’s hard to say for sure. There’s no reliable information collected that’s specific to Uber or Lyft accidents. But, Ubers are just cars, after all. So when a rideshare vehicle is in an accident, it gets reported along with passenger vehicle crashes.

In 2020, Nassau County had the second-highest number of crashes of all counties in the state.

In 2020 in Nassau County:

  • There were 29,672 automobile accidents (about 81 crashes per day) 
  • 78 people were killed in accidents involving a vehicle
  • 11,090 people were injured in car wrecks

Consistent with the nationwide trend, there were more fatalities in 2020 than the year before.

In 2019, there were:

  • 41,862 car crashes (41% more than in 2020)
  • 74 fatalities (4 fewer than in 2020)

Preliminary data available for 2021 as of early December show:

  • 29,328 collisions
  • 54 fatalities
  • 10,362 people injured

Increased dangerous behavior on the roads—such as impaired driving, speeding, and failure to wear a seat belt—seems to be some of the leading causes of increased fatalities.

What is My Uber Accident Case Worth?

Your case is unique to you. So, the best way to get a better idea is to schedule an appointment with our experienced Nassau County Uber accident attorneys for a full (and free) case evaluation.

There are, however, some factors that generally affect the value of any case.

How much your case is worth could depend on:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Whether you lost time at work due to your injuries
  • Whether you’re expected to fully recover
  • The extent of your ongoing medical needs
  • Whether you were at fault for the accident
  • Whether you followed all recommended medical advice, or otherwise did what you could to mitigate damages
  • Insurance coverage limits

Accidents causing serious injuries or death tend to result in higher awards. Our legal team carefully considers every aspect of your case so we can build a strategy that supports the maximum possible award for you.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Uber Accident Victims? 

If you’re involved in an Uber accident, you can seek compensatory damages for all of your injuries. This includes economic as well as non-economic damages.

Economic damages are intended to make you financially whole. 

Economic damages cover things like:

  • Medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Medical devices or equipment
  • Transportation costs associated with medical treatment
  • Nursing or personal care
  • Other out-of-pocket costs

These are generally easy to calculate since you’ll have invoices, bills, or pay stubs that correspond to each item. We’ll hire experts as necessary to help us calculate future medical expenses and lost wages or reduced earning capacity.

Non-economic damages are losses incurred that don’t have a specific dollar amount.

Non-economic damages can include compensation for:

These are more subjective and are factors that affect your quality of life. Our Nassau County personal injury attorneys are experienced and successful at presenting compelling arguments for damages to a jury.

In rare cases, punitive damages could be available. These are designed to punish the defendant for egregious behavior and they’re not connected to your losses. While it’s unlikely to receive them, you can be sure that we’ll examine your case to see if you’re eligible to seek punitive damages in your case.

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For an Uber Accident in New York?

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For an Uber Accident in New York?Usually, yes. That’s because in New York, as long as you aren’t completely responsible for the accident, you can still recover compensation. It just means you get a bit less money.

Under the state’s contributory negligence statute, your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. That’s why insurance companies will try to blame you—to get out of paying you what you’re owed.

That’s why you need an aggressive lawyer who knows how to stand up to insurance companies and defense firms. Attorney Jay Knispel forces them to a fair fight. He began his career as an insurance defense lawyer. So he knows what they’re up to, and he knows exactly what to do to stand up to them.

If you are at fault, he fights to make sure you don’t shoulder any more blame than is fair.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All Injuries Sustained in Your Uber Accident

You deserve compensation for all injuries sustained in your accident. These could vary widely depending on whether you were involved as a cyclist, pedestrian, or as the driver of another vehicle.

Some common injuries from Uber or Lyft accidents include:

Whether you sustained mild or catastrophic injuries, if someone else caused the accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences. We’ll do everything we can to fight to maximize your award. We work with your medical providers and our trusted network of experts to get a realistic projection of your future medical treatment needs.

What Causes Most Uber Accidents in Nassau County?

Like most accidents, many Uber accidents are preventable. They’re often caused by the negligence of someone involved in the accident.

As with many car accidents, some common causes of Uber accidents are:

Determining the cause of your accident is critical to establishing and proving liability. There are often multiple causes and multiple parties involved. We have years of experience litigating complex cases. You can count on us to pursue compensation from all parties who caused your accident. 

How Do I Prove Negligence After an Uber Accident in New York?

Even when the cause of the accident seems straightforward, proving negligence is rarely easy.

To win your case, you’ll need to prove each of the following elements of negligence:

  • Duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care
  • Breach: the defendant breached that duty
  • Causation: the defendant’s breach of duty resulted in harm to you
  • Damages: you suffered damages as a result

You must prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a less strict standard than for criminal law. It just means that you have to show that the evidence weighs more than 50% in your favor. 

Evidence used to prove negligence could include:

  • Your own testimony
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Video footage from dashboard or traffic cameras
  • Testimony from medical, economic, or scientific experts
  • Documents such as medical or payroll records

Our law firm has successfully obtained some of the highest verdicts and settlements in the state of New York. We exclusively practice personal injury law. We know what it takes to win.

How Do I Get Money if an Uber Driver Caused My Accident?

How Do I Get Money if an Uber Driver Caused My AccidentThere are many ways that you could end up involved in an Uber accident. The Uber driver might not necessarily be at fault. If they are, the case gets quite complicated.

Accidents involving rideshares are complex because Uber drivers are independent contractors. That usually means that you can’t hold Uber responsible for their actions.

However, in a recent New York court case, Uber drivers were found to be employees eligible for unemployment insurance. Whether this could affect the liability of Uber when their drivers cause harm on the road is not yet clear. For now, this ruling applies only to Uber drivers in upstate New York. But, the law around Uber and Lyft drivers is always changing and could drastically affect your lawsuit if an Uber driver is involved.

How Uber Insurance Works

Under New York law, rideshare companies must meet certain insurance coverage requirements. Uber’s policy covers drivers depending on how they are engaged with the Uber app at the time of the accident.

Driver Logged in to the Uber App

When an Uber driver is logged in and using the Uber app, the rideshare insurance covers:

  • $75,000 for bodily injury/death of one person per accident
  • $150,000 for bodily injury/death of two or more persons per accident
  • $25,000 for personal property damage per accident

This covers drivers awaiting a ride request. Drivers must also carry uninsured motorist and personal injury protection insurance. Uber’s insurance will only be available if the driver’s individual insurance doesn’t provide coverage.

Driver Logged in and Picking Up or Driving Passengers

When an Uber driver is engaged in a prearranged trip, the rideshare’s insurance policy must provide at least $1,250,000 in liability insurance.

Driver Not logged In to the Uber App

When drivers aren’t using the app, Uber’s insurance does not apply. In that case, you’ll seek compensation solely from the driver’s personal insurance or perhaps your own insurance, depending on the circumstances.

Driver Making a Delivery

Uber and Lyft drivers now do more than carry passengers. They now deliver food. Uber’s insurance that applies to delivery drivers does not apply in New York. If an Uber driver causes an accident while delivering someone’s dinner, you won’t be able to access Uber’s coverage.

Rideshares can make an otherwise typical car crash extremely complicated. The Nassau County Uber accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel have the knowledge and expertise to help with these complex cases.

How Much Time Do I Have to Seek Compensation After an Uber Accident in New York?

For accidents involving injuries, you’ll have three years to file a lawsuit. If you lost a loved one, you’ll have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Keep in mind that if you’re filing a claim with an insurance company, there may be deadlines other than the statute of limitations that you need to be aware of.

It’s to your advantage to seek legal advice as early as possible after your Uber or Lyft accident. You’re less likely to miss any important deadlines.

And, giving your attorney ample opportunity to investigate your case and collect evidence early will put you in the best position to get the full compensation you deserve from your claim or lawsuit

Contact Our Nassau County Uber Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation

If you’ve been injured in a rideshare crash through no fault of your own, you need an experienced lawyer you can count on to get results. That’s why the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel should be your first call after your accident.

Our Nassau County Uber accident lawyers are standing by to get started on your case today. All you have to do is call. Initial consultations are always free, so don’t wait.

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Emergency Rooms in Nassau County

  1. Mount Sinai South Nassau
    One Healthy Way
    Oceanside, NY 11570
  2. Nassau University Medical Center
    2201 Hempstead Turnpike
    East Meadow, NY 11554
  3. Mercy Hospital
    1000 N Village Ave
    Rockville Centre, NY 11570
  4. NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
    259 1st St
    Mineola, NY 11501
  5. Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
    900 Franklin Ave
    Valley Stream, NY 11580

Auto repair shops in Nassau County

  1. Sonny’s Auto Repair
    499 E Old Country Rd
    Hicksville, NY 11801
  2. Olympos Auto Service
    400 Jericho Turnpike
    Mineola, NY 11501
  3. Everything Auto NY
    61 W Merrick Rd
    Valley Stream, NY 11580
  4. Nassau Shores Auto Repair
    5200 Merrick Rd
    Massapequa, NY 11758
  5. Center Island Auto Repair Inc
    2200 Hempstead Turnpike
    East Meadow, NY 11554

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