We tend to think of Uber and Lyft as safe, affordable means of transportation, but the truth is, rideshare drivers make mistakes too. If you were hurt in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver that wasn’t your fault, you need to contact a Buffalo Uber/Lyft accident lawyer at Ramos & Ramos as soon as you can. Our firm is ready to help you.
Do I Need a Buffalo Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer?
Anyone hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident shouldn’t risk hiring just any attorney to represent them. Laws surrounding Uber and Lyft’s liability for injuries sustained in auto accidents are constantly changing, which is why you need a Buffalo auto accident lawyer who is abreast of these ever-evolving laws. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place.
Uber/Lyft Liability Coverage in NYS
If you were injured in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, you may qualify for compensation through the ridesharing service’s liability coverage. Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage system is broken down into 4 “periods.” They are as follows:
- Period 0: This is when an Uber driver is not yet logged into the rideshare app and causes an accident. In this case, Uber will typically not provide liability coverage, and you will have to sue the driver’s insurance directly. That said, recent law handed down by New York’s appellate division states that in some cases, Uber may be held liable for an accident even if the driver was not yet logged into the app.
- Period 1: This is when an Uber driver has logged into the app but has not accepted a ride and causes an accident. In this case, Uber should provide liability coverage for up to $50,000 per person injured in the accident, $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability.
- Period 2: If you were injured by an Uber driver who has accepted a ride and was en route to pick up the person and caused an accident, Uber’s liability coverage increases to $1 million.
- Period 3: Finally, Period 3 is when an Uber driver causes an accident while the passenger is in his/her car. In this case, Uber should provide $1 million in liability coverage, limited coverage for damage to the driver’s car, and uninsured motorists’ coverage.
Ensure you bring your claim within the state’s statute of limitations, which is, generally, three years. Failure to meet this deadline will result in you losing your right to sue. Our Buffalo Uber/Lyft accident lawyer is prepared to help you today.
Contact a Buffalo Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer
Uber/Lyft accident victims can turn to Ramos & Ramos for help. We are dedicated to pursuing the fullest compensation on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to do the same for you. Contact Ramos & Ramos today to schedule your free initial consultation with our skilled legal team.