Taxi / Uber / Lyft Accidents

Taxi / Uber / Lyft Accidents
What should I do immediately after an accident in a taxi, Uber, or Lyft?
First, ensure your safety and the safety of others. Call 911 if there are any injuries or if the accident is severe. It's important to seek medical attention, even for minor injuries, as some symptoms may appear later. Exchange contact and insurance information with all parties involved, including the driver. Take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damages. Finally, report the accident to the ride-sharing company if applicable.
Who is responsible for my injuries in a ride-sharing or taxi accident?
Liability depends on the specific circumstances of the accident. It could be the ride-sharing or taxi driver, another driver involved in the accident, the company itself, or a combination of parties. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine liability and advise on the best course of action.
Can I still receive compensation if the accident was partly my fault?
Yes. New York operates under a comparative negligence system, meaning you can still recover compensation even if you're found to be partially at fault. However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
What types of damages can I recover?
You may be entitled to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. The extent of recoverable damages will depend on the specifics of your case, including the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of the accident.
How long do I have to file a claim after a taxi, Uber, or Lyft accident?
In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, initiating your claim as soon as possible is advisable to ensure evidence is preserved and your legal rights are protected.
Do I need a lawyer for a ride-sharing or taxi accident claim?
While not required, having a lawyer can significantly improve your chances of a favorable outcome. Personal injury law and insurance regulations, especially those pertaining to ride-sharing services, can be complex. An experienced lawyer can handle negotiations with insurance companies and, if necessary, represent you in court.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft accident case?
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. The fee is usually a percentage of the settlement or award. Initial consultations are typically free, allowing you to understand your options without any upfront costs.
How long does it take to settle a claim?
The time it takes to settle a taxi, Uber, or Lyft accident claim in New York varies. Factors include the complexity of the case, the clarity of fault, and the severity of injuries. Some cases may settle in a few months, while others may take longer.
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