New York City is known for its yellow taxis. You can hail a cab just about anywhere in town with one whistle or a raise of a hand. Now, New Yorkers and tourists can use their phones as an alternative to call an Uber or Lyft.
Unlike commercially owned and operated taxicabs, rideshare vehicles are privately owned and maintained by their drivers. Although these rides offer a unique experience at a discounted rate, there is concern of what happens if you’re injured in an accident during the ride.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident in a rideshare vehicle, it is important to hire an experienced New York rideshare accident attorney to protect your rights. The legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. represents victims who were injured in accidents involving Uber, Lyft and other rideshare vehicles. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
Rideshare programs, such as Uber and Lyft, are commonly referred to as transportation network companies. Rideshare vehicles provide the platform for drivers and passengers to connect. Riders do not hail cars on the streets.
Instead, users download the company’s app, which allows them to request a ride from drivers using their own personal, non-commercial vehicle. All payments for the ride are taken care of through the app. Riders never use cash or credit cards inside the vehicle for their rides.
Who Is Responsible for New York Rideshare Accidents
Just about anyone who has a driver’s license, car insurance and a car can potentially become an Uber or Lyft driver. Unfortunately, many of these rideshare drivers do not have the necessary experience to transport clients.
Accidents involving rideshare vehicles are different compared to normal car accident claims. One main reason is the fact that rideshare drivers are independent contractors as opposed to employees for the companies they drive for. They have the option of creating their own schedules. This gives the rideshare companies an excuse to deny injury claims, especially if the driver’s app is “off.” However, when the app is “on” and the driver is available, the company’s contingent liability coverage and the driver’s own insurance can be accessed.
Aggressive Representation in New York Rideshare Accident Claims
Rideshare accident victims often do not get the full compensation they deserve. At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., our experienced NYC rideshare accident attorneys routinely handle personal injury claims against these companies, especially Uber and Lyft. We seek damages from all negligent parties to make sure you and your loved ones get the maximum money damages you deserve.
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., our legal team has more than 30 years of experience in successfully pursuing accident claims on behalf of residents in both New York and New Jersey. We have the knowledge and financial resources to aggressively pursue your case and help you get the outcome that you deserve. Our New York City rideshare accident attorneys are committed to holding those responsible for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, especially one involving a rideshare company, such as Uber or Lyft, you need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of the attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C., please call us at 1-800-529-9997.