Overview: Rideshare Accidents
The rideshare industry has quickly exploded in popularity in New Jersey and the rest of the country. No longer do you have to hail a cab, reserve a shuttle to the airport or drive yourself to and from a night out on the town. Uber and Lyft have grown immensely over the last handful of years to the point where millions of people are using the service multiple times per day. Some have even sold their car or haven’t bought a first car yet. If you are ever injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need to examine your chances for a personal injury case.
Examine the Driver Before Your Ride
Always examine the driver scheduled to pick you up before getting in the car. This can help alleviate any issues that could lead to an accident or other serious problem. There have been too many stories in the news today about Uber riders who are getting in the wrong cars and either being assaulted or killed. Even if the driver turns out to be correct, research their record through the Uber app on your phone to find out as much about them as possible.
There is Uncertainty
There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to scheduling a ride with an Uber or Lyft driver. Uber and Lyft drivers use their own cars to transport their customers and they are not technically employees of the company. They are contractors, which means Uber and Lyft want to be as hands-off as possible when it comes to their drivers and accidents. It’s only natural that you want to know who will be responsible for paying your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages if you are ever injured in a Lyft or Uber accident.
As a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you have rights just like passengers in taxis, buses, and all other motor vehicles. Make sure you exercise these rights in the event you are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft. You have the right to file a claim against the driver of the Uber/Lyft vehicle in which you were injured. You also have the right to file a claim against Uber/Lyft for injuries sustained in an accident.
Uber and Lyft both have passenger liability policies that amount to no more than $1.5 million irrespective of fault.
Recoverable Damages in an Uber Accident
The damages you can recover in an Uber or Lyft accident include any lost wages for time missed at work, medical expenses stemming from the injuries, pain and suffering and even property damage. Uber and Lyft are not entitled to the ‘verbal threshold” defense. Property damage can be claimed in a lawsuit if the Uber or Lyft driver crashed the car with you in it on your property.
Contact a Perth Amboy Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Truck Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a truck accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at CourtLaw represent clients injured because of Uber and Lyft accidents in Perth Amboy and throughout New Jersey. Call 732-442-5900 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 163 Market Street in Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.
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