Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft offer convenient and cost-efficient means of transportation all over New York. As ride-hailing continues to grow in popularity, so does the frequency of accidents. With those crashes come legal complications and several questions. If you’ve been the victim of a wreck, our New York rideshare accident lawyers are here for you.
At the Rideshare Law Group, we recognize that accident victims are often left to independently handle their injuries and financial losses. We believe that those individuals deserve strong legal representation and the opportunity to make a full recovery. When a client comes to us after having suffered an Uber or Lyft crash, we investigate the event to determine liability and calculate just how much they’re owed for what they were wrongfully put through.
Uber and Lyft Coverage Areas in New York
In New York, rideshare businesses are referred to as transportation network companies (TNC). The term is derived from the State Vehicle & Traffic Law. According to that law, a TNC is a business (i.e., rideshare company) licensed by the DMV to use a digital network (i.e., smartphone app) to connect passengers to TNC drivers for prearranged trips. The TNCs currently approved by the NY DMV are Uber and Lyft. The TNC Act applies across New York State, except within New York City. There, rideshare companies operate under the Taxi & Limousine Commission requirements.
Until a few years ago, Uber and Lyft rideshare services were not widely available outside urban areas. However, both rideshare companies are now available in all 50 states, including some of the country’s more remote locations. If you live in one of the following cities in New York, you have access to rideshare services:
- Nassau County
- New York City
- Niagara Falls
- Saratoga Springs
- Suffolk County
- Westchester County
If you live in another area of New York, Uber and Lyft may be available. To find out, you can download the apps or contact the companies’ customer service.
With how expansive Uber and Lyft have become, it’s possible to have negligent drivers slip through the cracks. When that happens, there’s a chance you could be injured in an accident. When a rideshare driver fails to follow the rules of the road, ignores company policy, or takes reckless action behind the wheel and you’re hurt as a result, you have the right to file an injury claim to seek compensation for your losses.
Common Injuries After a Rideshare Accident
The type of accident you’re in and your health status could impact the severity of your injuries after a rideshare crash. Some of the most commonly reported injuries include neck injuries and whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.
When the head, neck, or spine sustains damage, the victim could be looking at a prolonged period of pain or extensive surgeries. Traumatic brain injuries can affect all aspects of a person’s life. While a mild concussion may improve with time, more serve damage could be fatal. With a condition like whiplash, where the head has been forced forward and backward quickly, someone could experience severe neck pain, headaches, blurred vision, vertigo, and more. When a back injury occurs and the spinal cord is damaged, it’s possible the victim could experience a degree of paralysis. In some instances, that could be permanent.
With broken bones and burns, medical intervention will likely be needed for the crash victim to have the best chance at getting their life back to its previous normal. While most fractures can be set with a cast and left to heal, surgery may be needed for more severe breaks. There’s also the chance of having to undergo physical therapy to regain full range of motion. Burn injuries are among the most painful and require specific and delicate care.
Rideshare Victims and Compensation Eligibility
The injuries you sustain after an accident and the resulting medical care often make up a significant portion of your injury claim. There are, however, a number of additional factors that go into determining the value of your claim.
The economic damages, which are calculable, are the easier of the damages to determine. In addition to the cost of your medical care, lost income or wages and property damage is also considered. Medical records, pay stubs, and receipts can be used to calculate what you’re owed in terms of economic damages.
Noneconomic damages are harder to calculate, as they’re based on more subjective losses. For example, if the injuries you sustained were exceedingly painful and caused tremendous physical and mental suffering, you may be entitled to compensation for your experience.
No matter what your claim is valued at, your attorneys will fight for your right to full and fair compensation. If reaching a reasonable settlement through negotiations is not possible, we won’t hesitate to take your case to court to pursue an official verdict from a judge or jury.
Get in Touch with the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, doing so can be challenging—especially when it comes to proving fault. That’s why it’s crucial to get in touch with the New York rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group.
Our attorneys represent Uber and Lyft accident victims on a nationwide basis, and we’re prepared to take your case on next. However, no matter the extent of your injuries, it’s important that the negligent party be held accountable for their actions.
To get started with your claim, reach out to our law firm today. We’ll begin by evaluating your situation and determining how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.