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Elizabeth Rideshare Accidents

Hailing an Uber or Lyft in Elizabeth, New Jersey should not end in disaster. Rideshare drivers should exhibit a reasonable level of care and responsibility behind the wheel to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, you cannot trust all rideshare drivers to take their duties seriously.

Every year, rideshare accidents cause serious personal injuries and deaths to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If you were recently in an Elizabeth rideshare accident and wish to review your legal rights for free, please contact Console & Associates PC for an initial consultation. Our nearby rideshare accident attorneys in Newark can discuss your case in more detail.

Why Hire Us?

  • We have extensive experience handling auto accident cases of all types, including rideshare accident claims.
  • We have won over $100 million for past clients in our 25 years of practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • We engage one-on-one with all our personal injury clients, getting to know them and their goals in detail before crafting a suitable strategy.
  • We handle rideshare accident claims in Elizabeth on a contingency fee basis, meaning we never bill you out of pocket for our services.

Do You Need an Attorney?

A rideshare car accident is not the same as a standard car accident in New Jersey. It can involve the rideshare company’s insurance provider instead of just a driver’s. Negotiating with Uber or Lyft’s insurance claims adjusters for fair compensation can be difficult. Both companies have a reputation for denying liability for accidents involving their drivers. You may need a lawyer’s assistance with the claims process.

The right personal injury attorney in Elizabeth could help you with a no-fault insurance claim, a third-party claim and/or a car accident lawsuit after an Uber or Lyft accident. A lawyer can analyze your crash, identify potential at-fault parties, help you file a claim and negotiate a fair compensatory award from the defendant on your behalf. Knowing you have a lawyer in your corner can give you peace of mind during a complex claim.

What You Need to Know About Rideshare Accidents

If you have injuries from a rideshare vehicle collision, you may have to contend with the company’s insurance provider. In New Jersey, rideshare companies (Transportation Network Companies) must provide at least $1.5 million in insurance for bodily injuries, deaths and property damages. They must also maintain this much in uninsured/underinsured driver insurance. In addition, rideshare companies must maintain at least $10,000 in medical payment insurance per person per accident during prearranged rides.

After an Uber or Lyft accident, you or your lawyer will have to determine which period of the ride your crash occurred. This will determine how much of the rideshare company’s insurance will cover your damages. In general, as a rider, you will access the $1.5 million coverage. As a rideshare vehicle driver or a party outside of the Uber/Lyft, however, you may be eligible for less coverage. To obtain fair compensation, you or your lawyer may need to prove the existence of a prearranged ride, the extent of your injuries and other elements.

Discuss Compensation With an Attorney Today

Rideshare companies hire independent contractors as their drivers instead of employees to get out of liability for most accidents. This does not mean, however, the rideshare company will not pay for your damages. Filing an insurance claim with the company’s insurer could lead to fair compensation for your losses. Otherwise, a lawyer may need to help you bring a personal injury claim in Union County.

A successful case against Uber or Lyft could lead to the compensation you need to move forward. You may receive payment for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any property damages. Learn what your rideshare accident claim may be worth today during a free consultation at Console & Associates PC. Contact us online or request your meeting at (862) 229-1137.