Have you had an accident on the road that involves an Uber? Maybe you’ve been a passenger in a collision caused by an Uber driver? Then again, maybe you’re an Uber driver who has been the victim of a careless driver.
Whatever your situation, as an experienced rideshare accident lawyer, we can help.
When you get in touch, we’ll carry out a free case review with no obligation – so you can understand the next steps to take if you think you might be entitled to compensation.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For An Uber Accident?
New York law places various filing periods and statutes of limitations. There are instances for the representation of personal injury damages that can take very short time periods.
You can only determine the time applicable to pursue your claim once you get in touch with us to review your particular situation with you.
Once you’ve determined how long you can pursue your lawsuit relating to car accidents, it’s always easier to pursue lawsuits sooner rather than later – for two main reasons:
Firstly, there’s evidence to think about. The details of your Long Island car accident are best recorded as close as possible to the time of the accident. The longer it takes to begin the legal process, the greater the chance that vital evidence from the accident scene will be forgotten.
Secondly, you need to consider the ongoing effect of your injuries – and making sure they’re fully accounted for. A medical professional can take a number of months to accurately diagnose the full extent of your injuries and the impact that serious injuries are having on your life. This is a process that can sometimes take months – so it’s vital that this isn’t missed because of the statute of limitations.
Should I File An Uber Accident Claim?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an Uber accident, there are a number of reasons why talking to an Uber accident attorney should be your next move.
- Medical bills: Medical treatment costs, and you shouldn’t have to foot that bill. If you’ve been involved in a Long Island Uber accident, we’ll fight to make sure these costs are covered.
- Lost Wages: Even if your injuries are minor, time off work can leave you seriously out of pocket. We’ll do everything we can to make sure this isn’t the case.
- Future medical care: Your injuries won’t always heal quickly. If they don’t, we’ll do what we can to make sure your future medical bills don’t leave you short.
- Personal property damage: Car accident cases often involve damage to your personal property. Again, we’ll strive to make sure you’re never worse off than when you go in the vehicle.
- Pain and suffering: Using Uber should never lead to pain and distress. If it has, we’ll fight for a fair settlement that reflects this upset.
- Accountability: Whether it’s an Uber driver or a third party, the person responsible for your rideshare accident should be held responsible. By pursuing your personal injury case, you could help to make sure future accidents are avoided.
In Uber accident cases where someone you care about loses their life, we can even help you explore a wrongful death personal injury claim. We hope this will not be the case – but if the worst happens, you can be confident that a passionate personal injury lawyer will work with you to recover compensation that reflects the seriousness of the incident.
What kind of damages can I expect?
If it’s found that the Uber driver was at fault in your accident, who we recover damages from will depend on a number of factors.
Firstly, there’s the driver’s current Uber app status to think about:
Uber app not in use
If the driver’s Uber app is not in use, they are not considered to be working as an Uber driver, and their own private insurance coverage will be used to compensate for damage and injury they have caused.
Uber driver logged in and waiting
Uber’s insurance policies kick in when a driver is logged into the app and available to take ride requests. Despite this, Uber’s liability coverage is only triggered when the damages you seek exceed what the driver’s private insurance policy will cover.
Uber driver accepted ride request
Again, if a driver has accepted a ride request and either has an Uber passenger onboard or is travelling to collect a passenger, then Uber’s full policy becomes effective – but only when the private insurance is exhausted. Uber’s full insurance coverage extends to:
- $1,000,000 third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance²
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
When is your own personal injury protection (PIP) used?
Since New York is a ‘no-fault’ state, your own no-fault insurance personal injury protection will cover you for claims of up to $100,000 if applicable. Don’t worry though – your Long Island Uber accident lawyer will help you explore this in more detail.
Determining who is at fault
Of course, just because an Uber is involved in an accident, it doesn’t mean the rideshare driver is automatically at fault. It may be that a third party has been negligent, careless, or downright dangerous. Alternatively, it could be a number of parties at fault.
However your accident occurred, our legal team will determine who is at fault and push to make sure nothing stands in the way of the compensation you deserve.
Auto accident victims can receive life-changing injuries
Car accidents can exert incredible forces on the people involved – so it’s not uncommon for even low-speed collisions to cause severe injuries, including:
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries (including whiplash)
- Organ damage Soft tissue injuries
- Loss of life
Hopefully, your injuries will leave no lasting effect – but if they do, we’ll strive to make sure your financial situation doesn’t stand in the way of a full physical recovery.
Talk to experienced car accident lawyers if you’ve had an Uber motor vehicle accident
If you’ve been injured in an accident that involves an Uber vehicle, you need trustworthy personal injury lawyers on your side.
You might find that Uber’s insurance company is in touch quickly – perhaps asking you to complete documents or possibly even to offer a settlement. Even if you’d like to put the whole experience behind you, it’s important to speak to an Uber accident attorney before you commit.
At Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C., we strive for an outstanding attorney/client relationship As such, we’ll listen when you talk – then do everything within our power to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our office today to arrange a free legal consultation.
Miller, Montiel, & Strano, P.C. help clients with their Uber accident claims throughout New York including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, and Brooklyn.