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Newark Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney

The last thing you might expect when you hail a rideshare vehicle is to get into an accident. Riders take Uber and Lyft with the expectation of a safe ride. Unfortunately, rideshare drivers can make all the same mistakes as other drivers on the road – including driving drunk, distracted or fatigued. If you do get into an Uber or Lyft accident as a passenger, pedestrian or third-party driver, the company may owe you compensation. Contact the Newark Uber/Lyft accident attorneys at Console & Associates PC for a free consultation about your recent collision. Our rideshare accident attorneys may be able to help you seek justice.

Why Choose Console & Associates PC?

  • We know how much work it takes to recover after a serious car accident and are prepared to go the extra mile. Our attorneys have trial experience for the strongest possible case on your behalf.
  • We are proud to offer premier legal services in the Newark region. We are always adding new associates who are fully committed to helping clients achieve justice during personal injury and auto accident cases.
  • We aim to make your life easier after an Uber or Lyft accident, not add to your financial burden. Our auto accident attorneys take clients in New Jersey on a contingency fee basis, meaning no fees unless we win.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Rideshare Accident

You might understand the basics of filing an insurance claim and fighting for fair compensation after a standard auto accident in New Jersey, but a collision involving a rideshare vehicle takes a different process. Both Uber and Lyft have insurance policies that may or may not cover your damages according to your role in the accident (as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, etc.) as well as whether the rideshare driver was working at the time.

In some cases, you may need to request compensation from both the individual driver and the rideshare company, and/or your own insurance provider. Hiring a lawyer can enable you to navigate a claim in confidence. Your lawyer will understand how rideshare accident cases work and will be able to take over the claims process on your behalf.

Navigating a Rideshare Insurance Claim

Lyft and Uber both have $1 million auto insurance policies to provide coverage for injured passengers and third parties after accidents. Both companies use three distinct periods to determine policy maximums. The first period is after a rideshare driver logs into the app and is waiting for a ride request. Both companies offer 50/100/30 coverage for victims of auto accidents their drivers cause in Period 1. The second period commences when the driver has confirmed a ride, while the third happens when the rider is in the Uber or Lyft vehicle. Both companies provide $1 million to cover victims’ injuries in Periods 2 and 3.

A rideshare company will only pay for victims’ damages if the Uber or Lyft driver negligently caused the car accident. Otherwise, the at-fault party’s insurer may provide coverage instead. Uber and Lyft also may not pay for damages until the victim has exhausted the rideshare driver’s personal insurance plan. If the company refutes its driver’s fault for the collision, it may deny an injured rider’s insurance claim altogether. You may have to navigate many different laws and regulations during your Uber/Lyft accident claim in Newark.

Contact a Newark Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney

Rideshare companies have earned a reputation over the years for not wanting to take responsibility for the actions of their drivers. Uber or Lyft may try to refute liability for your damages after an accident. If you are struggling to hold someone accountable for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages and other damages, please contact an attorney from Console & Associates PC for a free consultation. We may be able to help you bring a rideshare accident claim in Newark. Call (862) 229-1137 today or visit our local law office at 494 Broad Street #208B, Newark, NJ 07102.