NEW YORK – Your transportation lifestyle could be undergoing a radical change. The yellow cab has always been a common sight in Manhattan but new ridesharing companies are gaining traction on city streets and as more of these vehicles hit the road, accidents become more likely and victims should know their rights.
Companies like Uber and Lyft hire independent drivers to take customers to their destinations. Unlike the traditional yellow cab, you can’t hail these drivers. Instead, you need to download an app and arrange a pick-up.
So, what happens when there’s a car crash or an accident with a bicyclist or pedestrian? Manhattan car crash attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say ridesharing can make your legal checklist a little more complicated.
“You should start by getting the driver’s contact and insurance information after any accident in Manhattan,” car crash lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Filing a claim against a ridesharing company can be difficult and you may need a lawyer to get fair compensation.”
In many cases, when a driver is responsible for an accident, that driver’s employer may also be held responsible for providing compensation to an injured party. Ridesharing programs however, have claimed some of their drivers are independent contractors and not employees. In many cases, these companies have claimed they are not responsible for a driver’s behavior.
“Some ridesharing companies advertise that they provide up to $1 million of insurance coverage but the amount available to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians injured in accidents can vary,” Barnes said. “A good lawyer will understand the ins and outs of these policies and they will be able to get you the best possible results after one of these accidents.”
Some of these policies are also in limbo as drivers continue to fight in and out of the courtroom to change their employment classifications. Manhattan car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say there may be new changes to these policies and attorneys are carefully watching the courts for judgements.
If you or a family member has been injured as the result of a rideshare crash, you’re urged to contact an experienced lawyer to get the best results possible.