Determined Pearl River attorneys bring claims against rideshare drivers
With tens of thousands of rideshare vehicles based in New York City, and additional vehicles operating throughout Rockland County, many local residents use rideshare apps to get around. Yet, increased use of Uber and Lyft cars has come with an uptick in accidents and consequent injuries. The lawyers of Orak & Associates, PC offer legal assistance and representation to passengers, motorists and pedestrians who are hurt in collisions involving rideshare drivers. From our office in Pearl River, our attorneys prepare thorough insurance claims and negotiate settlements that fairly compensate our clients for the harm they suffer.
Skilled lawyers compile evidence to demonstrate fault of Uber and Lyft drivers
A person who drives for a living is not necessarily more skilled or safe than any other driver. Numerous rideshare drivers have made the news for causing devastating accidents. A rideshare driver may be at fault for an accident if he or she disobeyed traffic laws, used a smartphone or other handheld device while driving, drove aggressively or engaged in other unsafe behaviors. Since Uber and Lyft drivers communicate through cell phone apps, their attention is often drawn to their devices at critical moments, such as trying to locate a passenger for pick up. Our attorneys understand New York insurance and liability law and make every effort to help clients obtain fair settlements or court awards covering losses stemming from an accident.
Accomplished firm helps injured rideshare passengers seek compensation
New York follows the rule of pure comparative negligence to determine liability for accident damages. Under that rule, any person or entity involved can be held accountable for the percentage of total damages that is equal to their percentage of fault. When an on-duty rideshare driver is partially or completely at-fault for an accident, the rideshare company's insurance policy may cover that part of the damages.
Rideshare companies operating in New York are required to maintain insurance for on-duty drivers. A driver who is transporting a passenger, or on the way to pick up a passenger, must be covered by $1,250,000 worth of liability insurance. This policy can be used to pay medical bills, vehicle repair costs and other expenses accrued by anyone injured or killed in the accident. A driver who is waiting to accept a ride request is covered by liability insurance that covers at least $75,000 for bodily injury per person, $150,000 for total bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage.
Our attorneys negotiate skillfully with the insurance adjusters and lawyers that rideshare companies hire to protect their financial interests. If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, we will not hesitate to go to court to fight for the best interests of our clients.
Contact experienced Rockland County rideshare accident attorneys for a free consultation
Based in Pearl River, New York, the attorneys of Orak & Associates, PC seek compensation for victims of rideshare accidents that occur in New York City and Rockland County. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team, call 917-216-8819 or contact us online.