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What are my legal rights if I was hurt in an Uber accident?

Bronx rideshare crash attorney

There are roughly 80,000 rideshare drivers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Efforts have been made to put a cap on how many rideshare drivers could operate on NYC streets, but a proposal to do so was recently struck down.

Many NYC residents rely on rideshares to get from point A to point B. While most Uber and Lyft drivers are responsible and safe, some are not. It's critical that you know what to do if you're injured in a crash involving a rideshare driver.

According to a safety report released by Uber, the company had approximately 97 fatal crashes and 107 fatalities during both 2017 and 2018. The report didn't include non-fatal crashes, however.

How rideshare insurance works

You must first understand how insurance works in rideshare crashes. To make things simple, you would be able to recover damages from an individual driver's insurance company if:

  • The rideshare driver who caused your crash was logged out of the platform.
  • The driver of another car caused your crash while you were a passenger in a rideshare car.

Things can get confusing in other circumstances involving rideshare drivers.

Under New York law, the primary rideshare group insurance requirements for Uber drivers who are logged into the platform but not on a trip include:

  • Auto liability: $75k for bodily injury per person, $150k for bodily injury per crash, and $25k for property damage per crash
  • Personal Injury Protection: $50k per injured person
  • Uninsured motorists coverage: $25k for bodily injury per person, $50k for bodily injury per crash, $50k for death per person, $100k for death per crash

For drivers logged into the platform and on a trip or en route to pick up a passenger, the insurance requirements are:

  • Auto liability: $1.25 million for all bodily injury and property damage per crash
  • Personal Injury Protection: $50k per injured person
  • Uninsured motorists coverage: $1.25 million in coverage
  • Contingent collision and comprehensive: Up to actual cash value or cost of repair in damage ($1k deductible)

What should I do if I'm injured in a crash with an Uber driver?

The Bronx attorneys at Giampa Law handle a wide range of traffic collision claims, including those involving rideshare crashes. If you were involved in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be eligible for compensation.

Our highly-skilled legal team can investigate the crash, as well as the at-fault driver. For example, a rideshare company may have hired a driver with a previous history of negligent or reckless behavior.

Contact us online to find out how we can help you. We offer free consultations.

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