Uber drivers can just as easily cause accidents as they can find themselves in them. Whether you are a rideshare driver, passenger, or another motorist struck by an Uber vehicle, you need to know what rights you have after a crash. That is where our team comes into play.
If you find yourself contending with the aftermath of an Uber crash, New York law may allow you to pursue compensation. Morelli Law Firm’s experienced Uber accident lawyers in Long Island can work out your rights with you. Together, we’ll ensure that you have the representation you need to fight for financial support.
Fight for Compensation After a Long Island Uber Accident
When it comes to life after an Uber accident, many victims’ biggest concerns lie with their finances. Uber accidents can result in serious injuries, loss of property, and even loss of opportunities to work. If you find yourself suddenly robbed of both your car and your ease of mobility, your financial situation may become untenable.
Fortunately, New York state gives you ways to pursue compensation. The state’s no-fault insurance law requires most individuals to request compensation through their insurance providers before filing a civil suit.
However, there are allowances for the seriously injured. Anyone facing catastrophic injuries can have Uber accident lawyers in Long Island file complaints on their behalf without consulting their insurer.
Our Team Can Estimate Your Post-Accident Damages
When you first file an Uber accident complaint, you need to know just how much compensation you are fighting for. You can turn to a personal injury attorney to get this estimate.
The Morelli Law Firm team can break your damages down into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Your economic damages reflect losses like injuries, which require medical attention, or damaged property.
Non-economic damages represent the compensation you would like in exchange for a loss of enjoyment of life or pain and suffering. When you add these damages together, you get a number that reflects the compensation you can request when taking your case to court.
Working With New York’s Statute of Limitations
If you want to pursue legal compensation after an Uber accident, you need to gather your essential paperwork together quickly. According to New York Civil Practice Law and Rule Section 214, anyone who wants to fight for compensation after a personal injury accident has only three years to do so.
You can determine what documents qualify as essential with help from your lawyer. Our team can also make it easier for you to make sense of the legal jargon needed to make a complaint viable in front of a court of law.
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Uber’s Approach to Civil Suits in New York
There are three different kinds of Uber accidents that can plague Long Island residents. Uber drivers can get hit, passengers can get hit, and other drivers can be hit by Ubers. The rights of the injured parties in these cases all differ.
Filing a Suit As an Uber Driver
Only drivers who are traveling to a passenger, escorting a passenger, or on the Uber app at the time of their accident will be protected by Uber’s insurance policy. As such, injured drivers who fall into these categories must first file for compensation through Uber’s insurer before pursuing compensation from another driver.
Drivers who are not using the app at the time of the accident do not benefit from the company’s protection. The same logic applies to drivers using an Uber vehicle for personal purposes. These drivers must work with their insurers before they can contact a Long Island Uber accident attorney.
Filing a Suit As an Uber Passenger
Passengers in an Uber should pursue compensation for their losses by either working with the company or by contacting their own insurance providers. In most situations, Uber’s coverage will ensure that passengers have some access to financial support.
The company may also offer those passengers a settlement. That said, passengers who want to file a suit against the driver liable for their losses must go through their insurance agencies before they can.
Filing a Suit As an Unaffiliated Driver
Drivers who are hit by an on-duty Uber must first request coverage for their losses through their insurance providers. Only after those drivers have taken these steps can they pursue civil action. Even then, though, non-Uber drivers will be filing complaints against Uber instead of an individual driver.
Draft a Complaint With a Long Island Uber Accident Attorney
Long Island courts expect you to know who you want to hold liable for your losses before you file a complaint. You’ll need to establish liability and calculate your potential compensation before you can begin negotiations.
Drawing a correlation between an Uber accident and your losses is easiest when you can establish duty of care. “Duty of care” describes drivers’ responsibilities to one another when they take to the road. To connect the dots between your losses and a specific party, your complaint should state that:
- The allegedly-liable driver owed their victims a duty of care
- That duty was violated
- The violation of that duty resulted in net losses for the injured party
Note that it isn’t just other drivers who may be liable for your Uber accident losses. If you believe poor road conditions or inappropriate manufacturing contributed to your losses, you may be able to request compensation from government officials or automotive manufacturers.
Schedule Your Post-Accident Consultation ASAP
Whether you were hit by an Uber, hit while at the wheel of an Uber, or a passenger in an Uber accident, you may have a right to post-accident compensation. Morelli Law Firm’s Long Island Uber accident attorneys can walk you through the process of filing a complaint. Call us or use our online form to schedule a free case evaluation with our team today.