Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer in Queens, NYC
In recent years, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have jumped in popularity in Queens. Unfortunately, the number of accidents involving drivers from those companies has also jumped.
If you have been in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver in Queens, you may have questions about the rideshare company’s participation in your accident claim.
The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., is here to answer your questions. We are focused on helping with Uber/Lyft accident claims. No matter how your Uber/ Lyft accident happened, we want to help.
At The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., we provide the aggressive advocacy, personalized service, and full attention that you and your case deserve. While you recover, we can handle the burden of a complex injury claim. You can rest easy knowing that you are working with lawyers who will go the extra mile to seek the maximum financial reward for you.
Call us today for your free case review with an Uber & Lyft accident lawyer in Queens. We charge no fees unless we win Uber/Lyft compensation for you.
How Does an Insurance Claim Work in Rideshare Accidents?
The amount of insurance coverage available in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver depends on the Uber or Lyft driver’s status at the time of the accident. Below are examples of several situations involving Uber/Lyft accidents.
Scenario #1: The rideshare driver has a passenger or is on the way to pick up a passenger.
Uber: Specific policy limits apply when the Uber driver has a passenger or is on the way to pick up one. In this situation, Uber provides $1.25 million of liability insurance per accident. Uber also provide $1.25 million of supplementary uninsured and underinsured bodily injury insurance per accident. Uber also has New York no-fault insurance that covers everyone in the vehicle up to $50,000.
After an Uber accident, you must fill out an incident notice via Uber’s website or app to start your insurance claim. You must also notify the driver’s personal insurance company about the crash. If you were driving your own vehicle and had an accident with an Uber driver, be sure to file a notice with your own insurance company. That will ensure that your own no-fault insurance kicks in.
Lyft: Lyft’s approach is similar to the one used by Uber. Lyft offers a $1.25 million limit for liability per Lyft accident. Lyft also provides the same amount in supplementary insurance for uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury, as well as $50,000 of mandatory no-fault insurance required by New York State. When pursuing an insurance claim against a Lyft driver, you must report the incident via Lyft’s website or its app. You should also report the accident to the driver’s personal insurer and your own insurance company.
Scenario #2: The rideshare driver has the app on and is waiting for a ride request.
In this situation, both Uber and Lyft offer lower insurance limits of $75,000 per person in bodily injury liability, $25,000 in property damage liability, and a limit of $150,000 per accident. The rideshare companies also offer the mandatory $50,000 of no-fault insurance required by the state.
Depending on the facts of the accident, these amounts may or may not cover your injuries. You will need to report the incident to Uber or Lyft as well as your insurance company and the driver’s personal insurance company. Multiple insurance companies may cover the accident. That means your insurance claim may become much more complicated when compared to an accident with a non-rideshare driver.
Scenario #3: The rideshare driver does not have the app turned on.
Neither Uber nor Lyft will cover the accident. The driver’s personal insurance policy is used, rather than a rideshare company policy. Depending on the nature of the accident, your own no-fault insurance may be involved. You will need to notify your insurance and the other driver’s insurance about the accident to move your claim forward.
Demanding Compensation After a Lyft or Uber Accident
As part of an Uber or Lyft accident claim you can demand these types of compensation:
- Your lost wages and damage to your future earnings
- Pain and suffering that you experience
- The cost of repairing or replacing your property (including your vehicle and personal possessions)
- The medical bills related to your injuries
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one passed away due to injuries from the accident
Time Limit for Filing an Uber or Lyft Lawsuit
In New York, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file an Uber or Lyft accident lawsuit. If a loved one passes away due to the injuries from an Uber/Lyft accident, you have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Different time limits may apply depending upon the facts of your case. Speak with a Queens Uber/Lyft accident attorney as soon as possible to understand which deadlines apply to your accident.
What to Do If You Have Been Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Queens
After an Uber/Lyft accident, take these steps to protect your rights:
- Call the police and get emergency medical assistance if needed.
- Collect key information about the accident, including photos of the vehicles and the road condition.
- Get witness contact information.
- Notify Uber or Lyft about the accident.
- Speak with an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer in Queens.
How a Queens Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney Can Help You
An attorney from The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., can:
- Help you understand what happened during the accident
- Answer your questions about how your claim can move forward
- Analyze your case under New York law
- Handle any communications with rideshare companies and insurance companies
- Give you peace of mind by managing everything your claim needs
- Give you regular updates on the progress of your claim
- Aggressively negotiate for the maximum amount of compensation
- File an Uber/Lyft lawsuit, if necessary, and advocate for you in court
Talk to a Queens Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft crash in Queens, contact The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., today. Our team stands up for the rights of individuals and families who have suffered devastating accidents. We have earned a reputation as aggressive advocates for injury victims. Our goal is to provide the personalized attention and skill that you deserve.