MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (May 11, 2023) – At least 20 people were injured in a Manhattan car accident after an Uber drove into a restaurant by Broadway.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday night. An Uber crashed into an outdoor dining area after it was hit by an Audi.
The driver of the Audi fled the scene and is currently being sought by police. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the collision in order to help all of the victims.
Over 20 people were injured in the crash and numerous people required hospitalization. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Manhattan Uber Accidents
As companies like Uber and Lyft have continued to grow, so to have the number of rideshare related collisions. According to Science, one recent study “concludes that the arrival of ride-sharing was associated with a 2% to 3% increase in the number of car occupants and pedestrians killed in accidents between 2011 and 2016.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a car accident.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
Speeding, in particular, is one of the most common causes of collisions. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1180, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver fails to exercise due care and hits another vehicle, this could form the basis of a negligence claim.
It is also possible that a restaurant could face some amount of liability for a car accident that injured their guests. Property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of everyone on a property whose presence is reasonably foreseeable. There are actually a number of ways that restaurants can protect guests from car accidents.
- Outdoor dining areas can be segregated away from heavy traffic.
- Outdoor dining areas can be surrounded by bollard posts or other physical barriers.
- Outdoor dining areas can be removed if they prove to be too dangerous.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any car accident. Any person that is injured in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Sadly, though, drivers will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. This is why it is so important to seek legal advice as early as possible following any collision.
Investigating A Manhattan Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the people injured in this Manhattan Uber accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Manhattan Uber accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of car accident attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need in order to recover. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.