Have you been seriously injured in an Uber accident in the vicinity of New York City? If so, you are hardly alone. Fortunately, Michael J.Redenburg, Esq. P.C., a practice of experienced car accident attorneys with excellent credentials, comprehensive knowledge of traffic law, and a track record of successful outcomes, is here to help. Located in Manhattan, we serve clients throughout the five boroughs and in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties.
Insurance and legal matters can become complicated when you’re dealing with a rideshare company. You need strong legal representation in order to obtain the compensation and compassion you deserve.
Why Uber Is a Popular Mode of Transportation
A great many people, not only in New York but throughout the country, are grateful for the new type of transportation Uber provides. Advantages to traveling by Uber include:
- Immediate access through smartphone apps to drivers within reach
- Driver progress to pick-up sites visible in real time — so no waiting on rainy corners
- Clean, well-kept vehicles and courteous drivers since each car is driver-owner and each trip is rated and available to other customers
- Easy prepayment through the app so no cash or credit cards needed
Why Uber Accidents Are Not Uncommon
It was inevitable as soon as Uber services became available that there would be Uber accidents. Uber means more cars on our already congested streets, more drivers looking for unfamiliar locations, and more drivers distracted by texts and GPS directions while they drive. In addition, Uber drivers are minimally vetted, do not undergo training of any kind, may have very little driving experience, and are not drug tested. It seems probable that these factors contribute to Uber accidents.
Serious Injuries Suffered in an Uber Accident
While the bulk of severe injuries occur when vehicles are traveling at high speed, many individuals suffer terrible physical trauma in car accidents that occur on crowded New York thoroughfares. Among the serious injuries you may suffer in an Uber accident are:
- Bone fractures
- Organ damage or loss
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries (impaired cognition/ neurological damage)
- Spinal cord injuries (partial or complete paralysis)
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
Of course, some people suffer the ultimate catastrophic injury: wrongful death. If you and your family have gone through the tragedy of losing a loved one to wrongful death in an Uber accident, Michael J. Redenburg is well-prepared to fight for your rights. We know that we can never make up for your loss, but we will do everything in our power to see that justice is done.
Michael J. Redenburg Will Fight To Win You the Highest Possible Compensation
At Michael J. Redenburg we are well aware that your serious injury affects not only you, but your loved ones as well. The chances are that you are incapacitated for a prolonged period, or even permanently, at the same time as your medical bills are escalating. Because we know that you are likely overwhelmed by financial worries in addition to physical and emotional trauma, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we have won your case.
Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, we will strenuously fight to see that you receive monetary compensation for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Psychological counseling
- Lost income
- Lost earning power
- Property damage
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- (In case of wrongful death) Loss of companionship, final medical costs, funeral expenses
You can count on Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to be with you no matter what happens and to make your best interests our top priority.
Why Uber Accidents Are More Complicated Than Other Collisions
The independent nature of Uber rides that is appreciated by drivers and passengers alike is the very thing that makes Uber service problematic when there is an accident. New York City law only requires ridesharing vehicles to have $100,000 in personal injury insurance, even though most serious injuries result in costs exceeding this amount. This is due to the fact that the taxi industry lobbyists keep this mandatory insurance coverage low to suppress competition.
According to the law, Uber drivers are not employees, but rather independent contractors.
While Uber itself is required by law to carry a $1 million liability policy for each of its sponsored cars, there is a catch — Uber’s insurance kicks in only when the driver is “on the app”: cruising while awaiting a call from the company, picking up a passenger or driving a passenger to a destination.
So, if you have an accident with an Uber vehicle when the driver is driving to do a personal errand or to return to his/her home, that driver is only covered by his/her personal insurance.
Without the back-up insurance of the Uber Technologies, Inc. corporation, that driver will probably have only the minimum liability coverage: $25,000.
This is precisely where the talented attorneys of Michael J. Redenburg can be invaluable. We know our way around the laws pertaining to rideshare services like Uber and we are agile negotiators as well are aggressive litigators. We will fight hard to help you receive every dollar of damages you are entitled to.
What if more than one person is at fault for the Uber accident in New York City?
The law recognizes that there may be two or more parties responsible for an accident. In New York State, the court works under the principle of “pure comparative negligence,” which means that an injured person can receive a percentage of damages even if he/she is more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
If you were a passenger in an Uber vehicle, it is highly unlikely that you bear any liability for a collision. However, if you were the driver of another car, a bicyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, the court may determine that you bear a percentage of fault for your own injury. If this is the case, you will receive the awarded damages minus your percentage of faulted. If, for example, you are deemed 20 percent to blame and have been awarded $100,000 in damages, you will actually receive $80,000. You needn’t worry. Our savvy team has dealt with such complex cases before and knows how to maneuver so that you come out ahead.
Contact Our NYC Uber Accident Attorney!
Remember, the sooner you call Michael J Redenburg, Esq. P.C., the sooner we will lift your burden. Once you contact us, we will do the heavy lifting and you will be able to relax and recover.