If you were injured in a ridesharing accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Certain rules and caveats apply to who may be liable for this type of accident, such as whether or not a ridesharing driver was logged in to the ridesharing app, if he or she was on the way to pick a passenger, whether or not there was a passenger in the vehicle, and who was at fault for the accident.
A New York ridesharing accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to investigate your case to determine whether the party liable for your damages was the rideshare driver, a rideshare company, or another party involved. We understand the laws that pertain to ridesharing accidents and are prepared to pursue any party liable for your damages.
Call us today at (212) 751-9800 for a free, no-obligation consultation on your case with a member of our team.
Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments necessary for us to begin working for you.
Ridesharing Rules and Provisions
There are many rules and provisions that apply to ridesharing accidents. Here are some of the most important factors that may determine who you will pursue for damages after a ridesharing accident:
All ridesharing drivers undergo a thorough background check before receiving approval to become a driver. All rideshare vehicles must undergo a maintenance and safety check. You must have your own private driver’s license to become a driver. Some rideshare drivers use their personal vehicles, but Uber and Lyft also partner with car rental agencies and service companies to provide some drivers with vehicles.
If there were any lapses in these procedures, or if the negligence of any of the involved parties caused your accident, they could be liable for your damages.
App and Phone Usage
Ridesharing services run on apps that run on smartphones. Uber and Lyft only provide insurance coverage to their drivers under specific circumstances, such as when a driver is logged in and has a passenger in the vehicle or is on the way to pick up a passenger.
Driver status is often the ultimate determinant of who will be deemed responsible for a ridesharing collision. The rideshare company may be liable for your injuries if the driver in your accident was:
- Logged in and waiting for a ride
- Accepted a ride request but had not yet picked the passenger
- Had picked up the passenger and was transporting them to their destination
If you are involved in an accident under any other conditions—such as the rideshare driver being logged off of the app and not working when they caused your accident— then the rideshare driver may be personally liable for your injuries.
For all ridesharing accidents in which the insurance policies of the ridesharing company do not apply, you may treat your accident just like any other traffic accident. This means that, if you can prove that the rideshare driver was liable for your accident, you may be able to pursue their personal insurance company for compensation for your damages.
How Morelli Law Firm Can Handle Your Case
A New York ridesharing accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can investigate your case to determine who is liable for your injuries. Once we have identified the liable party, we can:
- Gather evidence of their liability and the extent of your damages
- Hire traffic accident reconstruction and medical experts to testify in your defense
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement
- Take your case to trial if they are unwilling to make you a fair offer
We can also handle all communications, legal deadlines, and paperwork on your behalf when we represent you.
To learn more about these services, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. We offer a free consultation to New York ridesharing accident victims.
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Recoverable Damages in a Ridesharing Accident
Depending on the specifics of your case, some of the damages that you may be able to recover from a ridesharing accident include:
- Medical costs, including surgery, treatments, and medications
- Estimated future cost of all medical care
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capability
- Pain and suffering
- And more
If your family member passed away in a ridesharing accident, you may be able to recover a different set of damages in a wrongful death case. Morelli Law Firm also handles wrongful death lawsuits and may be able to represent you in this type of legal action.
Call Morelli Law Firm Today
You do not need to face a complex ridesharing accident lawsuit on your own. A New York ridesharing accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to manage your case while you concentrate on your recovery.
We may be able to handle your case on a contingency-fee basis. In this type of arrangement, you do not pay us attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court awards.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action for your ridesharing accident injuries. New York imposes a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, per New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. If you fail to take legal action before this time limit expires, it could prevent you from recovering compensation for your injuries via a lawsuit.
Morelli Law Firm can discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case when you call our firm for a free consultation at (212) 751-9800.