In Need of a Rideshare Accident Lawyer in New York City?
New York City is Uber’s biggest market in the United States, its most tightly regulated, and by far its most profitable. The company’s growth continued after first arriving here, officially in May 2011. In March 2022, The New York Times reported Uber teamed up with two taxi companies, Curb and CMT, to allow New Yorkers to order a yellow taxi on the Uber app.
Even with Uber’s explosive growth, our New York City personal injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. know that rideshare services here do not begin and end with Uber or their national competitor, Lyft.
At a time when riders are increasingly embracing apps to order rides from both national competitors, New York City has those and nearly a dozen more rideshare services available with the tap of a smartphone.
In addition to Uber and Lyft, Via, Juno/Gett, Curb, Arro, Myle, Blacklane, and corporate and private limos and car services, are readily available in app-based ride scheduling, providing rides in everything from taxis to luxury vehicles for your person or party, or to share with other unknown riders heading in your same direction.
Unfortunately, the popularity of rideshare services in New York City has led to the number of collisions involving them increasing more than three-fold in the last two years. This begs the question, who is liable for injuries or fatalities that result from a car accident caused by a negligent rideshare driver? And, how does liability shift if you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle or when a third party caused the crash?
Since 1998, our New York City personal injury attorneys have worked tirelessly to enforce New York laws that allow victims of negligence to hold the responsible party liable for damages resulting from the accident — including rideshare accidents that become more common over the past decade.
No matter which service you were using, our rideshare accident lawyers in New York City can help you determine who was liable for the crash and assist you in pursuing the party responsible for your complete financial recovery needs. Once you partner with David Resnick & Associates, P.C., your physical, emotional, and economic well-being is the priority.
Call us today for a free case evaluation. Our law firm represents accident victims throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx, and only works on a contingency basis. You do not pay our legal fees if we do not win your case. That’s a promise.
How Can a New York City Rideshare Accident Attorney Help Prove Liability for My Crash and Injuries?
For over 25 years, our New York City car accident attorney at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. have investigated all types of vehicle collisions involving injuries and fatalities to prove liability so we could pursue the at-fault party for our client’s complete damages.
While rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are just a dozen years into the fabric of New York City life, we have been successfully handling cases involving limousines, car services, and taxi accidents over twice that amount of time.
While pursuing a company’s insurance policy over an individual’s insurance policy is complex, it is what we do and why we are here. No matter what type of vehicle you were injured in, our goal is to assign liability correctly and pursue results.
- Investigation and Evidence Gathering
Our New York City rideshare accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence of the accident, including obtaining police reports, witness statements, and any available video footage.
- Reviewing Rideshare Company Policies
We will examine the policies and procedures of the rideshare company involved to determine if any violations or negligence occurred, including issues related to driver screening, training, or vehicle maintenance.
We will also review communication records between the rideshare driver and the company to determine if any issues or instructions could have affected the accident.
- Examining Factors Related to the Rideshare Driver’s Negligence
Our rideshare accident lawyers in New York City will assess the factors that caused the crash, including any that involve the driver’s negligence, including traffic violations, cellphone records, whether the driver was impaired or driving recklessly at the time of the crash, or any other behavior that contributed to the accident.
Remember, rideshare drivers who work for companies like Uber or Lyft rely on their cellphones or other electronic devices to accept rides, access maps to see where they are going, find pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the city, and get their next rider when they still have passengers onboard. This is the very definition of distracted driving and can lead to significant accidents throughout the city.
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident caused by negligence, contact our skilled New York City personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case and how the incident has impacted your life. Our experienced lawyers offer free consultations to all personal injury victims throughout New York City and take all qualifying cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no upfront or out-of-pocket fees and nothing if we do not win your case.
New York City Rideshare Accidents Can Impact Multiple Parties: David Resnick & Associates, P.C. is Here to Help
Our skilled rideshare lawyers in New York City know that multiple parties may be impacted by vehicle collisions involving these vehicles, and we have the legal experience, skills, and resources to represent each successfully.
They may include:
- Rideshare passengers.
- Rideshare drivers.
- Third-party drivers and passengers.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists.
The first essential factor we must confirm is who was liable for the crash. Once that is determined, we can pursue the proper insurance coverage for our client’s financial recovery.
This may include:
- The rideshare company’s insurance policy is up to the company’s policy limit.
If the rideshare company driver is actively working for their employer — including a private limousine service, Uber, or Blacklane — the company’s insurance policy, up to its policy limits, may be pursued for our client’s damages.
If the rideshare driver is not actively working and is in their personal vehicle at the time of the crash, their individual insurance policy may be pursued for our client’s damages.
- If a third-party motorist causes the crash, their individual insurance policy can be pursued up to the New York City driver’s policy limit.
If the motorist who caused your rideshare accident was a third party — meaning not the rideshare driver — we would pursue their individual insurance policy limit or the insurance of the company they work for if it was a commercial driver.
In New York State, drivers are required to carry minimum liability insurance coverage in the amount of:
- $10,000 for property damage for a single accident.
- $25,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for death for a person involved in an accident.
- $50,000 for bodily injury and $100,000 for death for two or more people in an accident.
In addition, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance is required in New York. This add-on coverage helps provide medical payment coverage after a car accident, regardless of who was at fault and is mandated as part of the state’s minimum vehicle insurance requirements.
Commercial vehicles with a U.S. Department of Transportation of New York serial number will have additional liability coverage requirements, depending on the type of vehicle and how it’s used.
No matter who you are, which party you were in an accident caused by another’s negligence, or where you live in New York City, our rideshare accident attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal process, protect your rights, and outline your legal options so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your case.
Contact our skilled New York City rideshare accident lawyers today to discuss your case during a free consultation so we can begin preserving the necessary evidence that will allow us to build a successful claim.
What Should I Do If I Am Hurt in a Rideshare Accident as a Passenger in New York City?
If you have been injured in an accident as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, follow these steps:
- Call 911 to ensure they arrive at the scene and complete an official collision report.
- Go directly to the emergency room if you or any passengers are injured.
- Take pictures of the vehicle’s license plate and the property damage.
- As quickly as you can, take screenshots of your trip’s progress in the app, including when the ride was ordered, how it was paid, and where you were on the trip — including the map and the name of the driver — to ensure these images are preserved.
These are vital steps in building your personal injury claim because the rideshare company can access your app’s information and delete the trip before you can reaccess it later for reference. Once you seek medical care, contact our dedicated rideshare accident lawyers in New York City for help.
Contact Our Skilled NYC Rideshare Accident Attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. to Help Build Your Case for Success
The legal team at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., understands the impact a rideshare accident can have on you and your family. We work hard to obtain the maximum damages you’re entitled to. We serve accident victims in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, and all of New York City.
Contact the New York law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., online or call us at 212-279-2000 today for a free consultation about your case.
There is never a charge to speak with our skilled New York City rideshare accident attorneys. If your case qualifies to move forward, we will handle every aspect from start to finish without charging any upfront or out-of-pocket fees. Unless we win your case, you will pay nothing for our elite personal injury attorney services. That is a promise.