East Newark personal injury lawyers fight for the maximum compensation injured Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare accident drivers, passengers, and victims deserve
Ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have added many conveniences to our means of public transportation on demand, but they have also added new dangers as well. Rideshare drivers are on the road much more than the average motorist and at all hours of the day and night, increasing the chances of a rideshare driver and passenger being involved in a motor vehicle accident . What happens when your rideshare driver hits another vehicle or when another driver crashes with your rideshare vehicle?
When you or a loved one are injured in a ridesharing accident it is a stressful experience filled with questions. Ridesharing services are new, but they have grown in popularity quickly. This has left a lot of unknowns and questions when it comes to determining responsibility when involved in a rideshare accident. You need a knowledgeable Newark accident attorney from Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC who you can be confident is aware of the most current rideshare accident laws to guide you through every step of the process.
Types of rideshare accident claims
While using a ridesharing service is often promoted as an alternative to calling a traditional taxi company, rideshare drivers are independent contractors, not employees of the rideshare company. This means rideshare companies are not responsible for the actions of their drivers, the maintenance of the vehicles, or the training of their drivers in the same way taxi services are responsible. So, who is responsible when you are injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver? The answer depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Who will be responsible for your injuries varies depending on if you were:
The rideshare driver and were responsible for the accident
The rideshare driver but were not responsible for the accident
The rideshare driver and did not have a passenger at the time of the accident
The passenger of a rideshare vehicle involved in an accident
The driver or passenger of the other vehicle involved in an accident with a rideshare driver
In 2017, the state of New Jersey enacted the Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act to establish passenger and other motorist protections and insurance requirements for transportation network companies. Among other things, this act requires rideshare drivers who are transporting passengers or picking up passengers at the time of an accident to be covered with at least $1.5 million insurance coverage for medical injuries. They must also carry $1.5 million in uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. If the rideshare driver was not transporting passengers or picking up passengers at the time of the accident then the driver’s personal automobile insurance coverage would apply, which typically has much lower coverage limits.
If you were injured in a rideshare accident you may be entitled to compensation from multiple sources
Whether you were the rideshare driver, rideshare passenger, or driver or passenger of the other vehicle involved in the rideshare vehicle accident, you will likely need financial hep in covering expenses for your injuries caused by the accident. Types of compensation you can recover from a rideshare accident include:
Past, current, and future medical bills and rehabilitation costs
Loss of income
Pain and suffering
Speak with a seasoned New Jersey rideshare accident attorney to review the circumstances of your rideshare accident claim and help you determine the compensation you deserve.
East Newark rideshare accident attorneys who have the experience to fight for the compensation you deserve
Contact an experienced Newark rideshare accident attorney at Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC for a free consultation if you or someone you love have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing accident. Our firm has been serving East Newark and surrounding areas in personal injury cases since 1965. Our New Jersey rideshare accident attorneys are available to meet with you in our office, at your home, and in the hospital. Call us today at (201) 997-0030 or complete our online contact form to request your consultation. We look forward to speaking with you. We speak Spanish and Portuguese and are happy to obtain interpreters for other languages if needed.