Thanks to their ease of use and the convenience they provide, rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft are popular with many users around the world, including in East Brunswick, NJ. However, this convenience comes at a cost, and there has been a marked increase in the incidence rate of Uber and Lyft accidents in New Jersey. According to one report, ridesharing accidents cost society upwards of $13 billion every year. If you were involved in such an accident, you likely have grounds for a personal injury claim. Contact our East Brunswick Uber accident lawyer for assistance with filing a claim and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates reveal that approximately 40,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents of all kinds in the United States every year. The figures for non-fatal accidents are equally alarming, and they include ridesharing accidents such as those involving Uber and Lyft drivers and vehicles. Some of the leading causes of Uber and Lyft accidents are:
Depending on how, when, and why your accident occurred, you may be entitled to file for at least $50,000 in damages, up to a minimum of $1.5 million, based on the specifics of your case. Our East Brunswick Uber accident lawyer will gather evidence such as the accident police report, eyewitness statements, vehicle maintenance logs, Uber/Lyft app data, and expert testimony to determine which insurance policies and coverage limits apply to your case. We will also determine whether any form of recklessness, negligence, or driving errors caused or contributed to your accident. If they did, you may have a stronger compensation case. Contact us for a free case review and to learn more about the important steps you should take before filing a claim.
If you suffered an injury in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you need to secure the compensation you deserve from Uber or Lyft’s insurers so that you are not left paying for treatment, covering losses, and enduring other expenses because of the errors, omissions, or negligence of another party.
After an Uber or Lyft accident, you can seek compensation from multiple sources, which may include:
The limits of compensation that you may be entitled to will depend on when the accident occurred and the severity and extent of your losses and damages. For example, if you suffered minor bruises or scratches, you may only be entitled to a few hundred or a few thousand dollars in medical treatment expenses. We will gather the medical treatment records needed to prove and quantify these losses. However, serious or catastrophic injuries can cost much more to treat, so your medical treatment claim will be that much higher. Again, we will gather the evidence needed to back your claims and we will aggressively negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer to recover the damages that you are entitled to by law.
Damages that can be included in your claim must be accident-related. If they are, and if you have evidence to prove that, you can seek compensation for them. These include:
Slip and Fall Accident
In addition to helping you understand the claims process, our team will also gather important evidence such as medical and police reports, phone records (which can be used to prove distracted driving), blood alcohol test results, video footage (from dashcams, CCTV cameras, or bystanders), vehicle maintenance records, weather reports for the time and location of the accident, and any other accident-related proof that can be used to substantiate your claims.
We will also work with subject matter experts to quantify your losses and will determine the insurance policies, coverage limits, filing deadlines, and fair compensation for your case. From there, we will vigorously negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer on your behalf so that you are fully and fairly compensated for your losses, and we are prepared to take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
Contact our Lyft accident attorney in East Brunswick, NJ today for a walkthrough of everything you need to know and a free initial case evaluation.
If the Uber or Lyft driver did not have their ridesharing app on and was not actively transporting a passenger or heading to pick up an accepted ride request and they caused an accident, then you would have to file a claim with the driver’s personal auto insurance company. Unless a driver is logged into their rideshare app when an accident occurs, they are not covered by Uber or Lyft’s insurance.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), New Jersey had the lowest rate of uninsured motorists in the country in 2019 at about 3.1%. However, hit-and-run accidents pose the same challenge as uninsured motorist accidents do, in that the victim has no one to assign liability to for their accident. If you are an Uber or Lyft driver or passenger who was struck or injured by a hit-and-run driver, then as long as the Uber or Lyft driver was logged into their app when the accident occurred, Uber and Lyft’s uninsured/underinsured accident coverage will be used to cover your losses.
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