While ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are popular alternatives to New York City’s cab system and have made transportation more convenient and affordable than ever, they have also introduced several new liability issues in the event of a car accident. Seeking compensation after a collision involving an Uber or Lyft driver can be a complicated endeavor due to the unconventional structure of these companies. As a result, there are many questions about who is liable and what protections passengers have in the event of a collision.

If you have been injured in a collision with an Uber or Lyft driver or while riding as a passenger, contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnnell & Ryan, LLP. With more than 100 years of combined experience and a track record of more than $500 million recovered for injured clients, our New York car accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to protect your rights and maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.

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Uber vs. Taxis in New York

If you live in New York, you have probably experienced a less-than-enjoyable taxi ride at some point. While not all taxi drivers are safe or particularly skilled drivers, they are all employees of a larger company and are vetted, background-checked, and insured. Additionally, taxi services in New York City are required to purchase a minimum insurance policy of $100,000 for individuals and $300,000 for groups.

While Uber and Lyft perform a similar service, their drivers are not regulated to the same extent, nor are their vehicles inspected by the companies themselves. Drivers for these types of ridesharing services are responsible for owning, maintaining, operating, and insuring their own vehicles. In fact, these companies attempt to distance themselves from their drivers by claiming that they merely provide the technology to connect drivers and passengers, allowing them to place more blame on their drivers for any accident that may occur. While these companies do have a certain level of insurance coverage, the amount available to passengers can vary depending on the circumstances of the collision.

Discuss Your Injuries Today for Free

Since the laws regarding liability for ridesharing services are still developing, it is imperative you retain the services of a powerful attorney to ensure your rights are protected if you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft collision. At Lurie Ilchert, MacDonell & Ryan, LLP, our skilled New York City personal injury lawyers can review your case and help you exercise your legal rights. Having garnered unanimous support from past clients, we have the skills and track record to give you the edge in your pursuit of compensation and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Best of all, we only accept our cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not charge you a dime unless we are successful on your behalf.

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