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New York City Uber Accident LawyerWere you recently injured in an accident that involved Uber in New York, NY? If someone else was responsible, you may be entitled to compensation. However, Uber accident cases are complex–and it can be difficult to get the compensation you need. An experienced New York City Uber accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help.

Since 2007, our legal team has been protecting accident victims’ rights across the five boroughs. Our efforts have helped countless clients recover millions in compensation over the years.

If you were hurt using a rideshare service in NYC, you have rights–whether you were an Uber passenger, pedestrian, or riding in another vehicle. Call our law offices for a free consultation to learn more.

How the Law Offices of Jay. S Knispel, LLC Can Help After an Uber Accident in New York City

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have only been around for a few years. That means accident claims involving Uber are fairly new. Insurance companies often try to take advantage of the confusion so they can pay less than what you deserve. That’s one reason why it’s a smart idea to have an experienced NYC personal injury attorney in your corner.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we have over 25 years of experience helping accident victims recover fair compensation. We have a proven track record of winning in even the most complex cases.

When you trust our team to protect your interests, we will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive investigation into your Uber accident
  • Locate all parties who were responsible for the crash
  • Work closely with respected NYC experts in medicine, finance, and other specialties to put a fair dollar value on your injury claim
  • Discredit any claims that your actions contributed to the cause of the accident

Our New York City personal injury attorneys have a reputation for securing substantial compensation awards for our clients. We’ll handle all negotiations with the insurance company so that you can focus on your health.

If you’re ready to discuss your legal options, call our offices in New York, New York today to arrange a free consultation.

What is My New York City Uber Accident Case Worth?

What is My New York City Uber Accident Case Worth?The value of car accident claims often depends upon the amount of insurance coverage available. You also have to prove the amount of damages you’ve suffered. 

Like any other personal injury case, your available damages after an Uber or Lyft accident will depend on:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Your lost wages and income
  • The general pain and suffering the injury caused

However, the availability of insurance compensation in Uber cases is unique because rideshare companies classify drivers as independent contractors. That means you can’t sue Uber for damages after an accident. Instead, New York law requires Uber to carry a commercial insurance policy to reimburse rideshare accident victims for their losses. 

The amount available depends on what the Uber driver is doing at the time of the accident. Here’s a brief overview of the insurance compensation that might be available in your case.

Driver is Offline

If the driver is not using the Uber app at the time of the accident, Uber’s insurance is not available. The driver’s personal auto insurance policy will instead apply.

Driver is Available to Accept a Ride Request

This level of coverage applies if the driver’s Uber app is open and the driver is available to accept a passenger request. If the driver is between rides, Uber provides third-party liability coverage if all other insurance sources have been exhausted.

This includes:

  • $75,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
  • $150,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident
  • $25,000 in property damage

This level of coverage applies until the driver has accepted a ride request.

Driver is Carrying a Passenger or Accepted a Ride Request

Uber provides $1.25 million in third-party liability coverage if the driver is carrying a passenger. The higher insurance limit also applies if the driver has accepted a ride request and is en route to pick up the passenger.

The Uber policy also provides uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and contingent collision coverage.

Under New York state no-fault insurance laws, you’ll first have to exhaust your own car insurance coverage. If you exhaust your coverage and any other at-fault driver’s coverage, then you can file a claim under Uber’s policy.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Uber Accident Victims?

After a motor vehicle accident, you can recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. 

Here’s a breakdown of the types of economic damages that might be available in your case:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy 
  • Long-term care

You’re also entitled to damages to compensate you for what the accident has cost you emotionally. 

These non-economic damages often include money for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of consortium

Some types of damages are easy to monetize. However, it’s much more difficult to put a price tag on the cost of things like pain and suffering or loss of your loved one’s company. 

We work with some of the leading experts in New York. That way, you can rest assured that insurance companies will take your demand seriously. Interested in learning more? Just call our law firm for a free case review.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Uber Accident in New York?

Insurance companies often try to twist the facts to blame the victim for getting hurt. If they succeed, you’ll take home a lower settlement amount. However, you don’t lose your right to compensation if you’re partly to blame–as long as at least one other person is also at fault. 

That’s because New York follows a pure contributory negligence law. Unlike other states, you can recover compensation in New York even if you’re mostly to blame. 

For example, if you’ve found 20% responsible:

  • Your damages award will be reduced by 20%
  • You can be held liable for 20% of other injured parties’ damages

Allocating fault in an injury case is rarely black and white, so it’s always important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner. Our skilled negotiators will use our experience to downplay your role in the accident so that you can take home the most compensation possible. 

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Uber Accident Injuries

Injuries sustained in Uber accidents can be severe. 

We represent all accident victims in NYC, including those who have suffered:

If you’re hurt in an accident, you deserve to be compensated for all of your injuries. We know it can be difficult to fight for compensation if you’re seriously hurt. Having an experienced NYC Uber accident attorney in your corner can make things much easier. 

Don’t let your injuries get in the way of recovering the compensation you deserve. Call to schedule your free consultation today. 

What Causes Most Uber Accidents in New York, New York?

The only way to determine who can be held financially liable for an accident is to find out what caused the crash.

Some common causes of Uber accidents include:

Not sure what caused the crash? Call an experienced New York Uber accident attorney today.

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

You’ll be required to pursue compensation from all negligent parties before you can access the Uber commercial insurance policy. However, before you can recover compensation from anyone, you have to prove that someone was negligent. 

From a legal perspective, that means establishing the following:

  • The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
  • That party breached the duty of care 
  • The breach caused your injuries
  • You sustained damages 

Remember that the rideshare driver isn’t always responsible. Our lawyers will obtain accident reports, video footage, and other evidence to identify all liable parties. That way, we can demand compensation from everyone who shared in the blame–greatly increasing the odds of maximizing your financial recovery. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Uber Accident in New York?

Under New York state law, you have up to three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after an Uber accident in NYC. You’ll lose the right to demand compensation if you let this statute of limitations expire. 

Contact a New York City Uber Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

An Uber accident can leave you struggling with debilitating injuries. the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help. Call an experienced New York City Uber accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation today. We’ll listen to what happened and outline a plan for recovering the compensation you deserve.

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