Representing New Yorkers Injured By Ride-Share Drivers
In recent years, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity. They provide convenient and cost-effective transportation for people all over New York by connecting drivers with passengers through smartphone apps. However, when a crash occurs, issues of liability can be confusing.
Make sure your interests are protected. At Ellis Law, P.C., in New York, our accident attorneys are experienced at handling complex car crash claims. We pursue all sources of liability to protect your interests and maximize your recovery.
Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors
Drivers who work for Lyft, Uber and other similar outfits are not considered employees. Therefore, they are not afforded the same protections and backing that employees would receive. They are also required to maintain their own separate insurance policies.
While the ride-sharing companies typically screen their drivers and perform background checks, accidents can still happen. When they do, the circumstances of the accident may dictate who is liable.
For example, if an Uber driver is “on the clock” but does not have any passengers when an accident occurs, his or her own insurance would primarily cover the crash with Uber providing additional coverage if needed. However, if there are passengers present at the time of the crash, Uber’s insurance would provide coverage for the driver and passengers up to one million dollars.
Insurance Companies Are Not On Your Side
Even in cases where coverage exists, it does not mean that Uber or its insurance company is looking out for your best interests. They may offer a settlement but accepting may mean getting less than what you are entitled to. That is why having a lawyer is so vital. Our attorneys at Ellis Law, P.C., will investigate your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available for your injuries.
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