Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are an extremely popular, convenient, and cost-effective transportation option, particularly for people who live in Brooklyn and do not own their own vehicles. However, when you accept a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver, there is no guarantee that the person behind the wheel is a safe and responsible driver who will avoid unsafe driving behaviors, like texting or tailgating.
Even if your driver obeys the rules of the road at all times, you could still be involved in a rideshare car accident. If you are injured in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you should take steps to protect your legal rights:
- Call 911. If you are injured in a car accident while you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, it is essential that you call 911 as soon as possible to notify the police. Ensure that you let dispatch know that you were injured so they can send an ambulance to the scene.
- Seek medical attention. Even if your injuries appear to be minor or you are not experiencing any symptoms, it is important that you are examined by a medical professional who can properly identify, diagnose, and treat your injuries. In addition, failing to seek medical attention will likely harm the outcome of your claim.
- Report the accident to Uber or Lyft. You can do this by going to the Lyft or Uber app and following the directions for reporting an accident.
- Collect information. Ask the Uber or Lyft driver for their insurance and driver’s license information. Take a picture of the vehicle’s license plate, your injuries, the position of both vehicles and the location of the accident.
- Get statements from witnesses. If the accident occurred on a busy street in Brooklyn, some likely witnesses saw the accident happen. Ask if they would be willing to provide a statement to police and ask for their contact information.
- Be careful about what you say after the accident. When speaking to the insurance company or the Lyft or Uber customer support representative, be cautious about the information you share or your comments about the accident.
What Are Common Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents in Brooklyn?
The following are the most common causes of Uber and Lyft accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to obey the rules of the road
- Road hazards
Who Is Liable for My Injuries?
In some cases, there may be multiple parties who are responsible for causing the accident, including the rideshare driver or the driver of the other vehicle. The next important question is whose insurance will cover your injuries. Various forms of insurance may cover your injuries, depending on the circumstances of the accident, including:
- Personal insurance: All Uber and Lyft drivers must carry their own personal insurance.
- Rideshare insurance: This covers drivers while they are not working. All rideshare drivers in New York City require this.
- Uber or Lyft provides additional insurance: Rideshare companies often provide drivers with additional coverage.
What Damages Am I Entitled to for My Injuries?
Depending on the nature and severity of the accident, the costs associated with your injuries can accumulate very quickly. A successful personal injury lawsuit may cover the following:
- All medical expenses, including hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and prescription medication
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Our Skilled Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyers at Rubenstein & Rynecki Represent Victims of Uber and Lyft Car Accidents
If you were injured in a car accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you are urged to contact our experienced Brooklyn car accident lawyers at Rubenstein & Rynecki. We can review the accident details, determine who is liable for your injuries, and pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call 718-522-1020 or contact us online. Located in Brooklyn, we serve clients throughout New York City, including The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.