Transportation network companies, also known as rideshare companies, have revolutionized New York’s transportation industry. It used to be that New York residents and visitors chose between subway, taxicab, or bus when they needed a lift. Then rideshares came along and added a low cost and convenient alternative to public transportation. Through company apps, rideshares match passengers with drivers to take them to their destination. The process is generally smooth, except when accidents happen.
Recovering compensation for rideshare accident injuries and damages has proven to be difficult in many cases. Rideshare accidents are different than regular car accidents. Insurance companies for the driver and rideshare company often point fingers at each other and deny coverage for those who suffered injuries and damages in the accident. If you were injured in a rideshare accident in Long Island, contact an attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to discuss your claim.
Recovering compensation can be difficult in rideshare accidents. Rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors, which means that they are not classified as Lyft employees or Uber employees. This classification often allows rideshare companies to escape liability for their drivers’ accidents. Details, such as whether or not the driver was logged into the app or if the driver had accepted a ride at the time of the accident, become very important. These facts can help determine whose insurance policy was in effect when the accident happened.
We will thoroughly investigate your claim and gather evidence to help prove liability and damages. We will collect cell phone records to disclose relevant facts and information to determine the rideshare driver’s work status at the time of the accident. We will also handle all communication and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf.
Whether you were a rideshare driver, rideshare passenger, or an occupant of another vehicle involved in a rideshare accident, liability and insurance coverage matters are complicated. Often injury victims are left without compensation, while insurance companies argue over fault and technicalities that affect their responsibility and coverage.
Contact a rideshare accident attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Rideshare laws are complex and negotiating with multiple insurance companies can be ineffective without a skilled attorney advocating for your rights. You deserve compensation for your losses, and our Long Island personal injury lawyers can help.