Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer in NJ
New Jersey Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers Committed to Defending Injured Clients in Atlantic City, NJ
Advances in modern technology have put access to a personal driving service at the fingertips of every individual with a smartphone. While tech-based ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft provide easy access to transportation to those without access to public transportation and readily available taxi services, their employment strategies also create complications when an accident eventually occurs in Atlantic City, NJ. For example, it may be difficult to determine which party can legally be held responsible for an Uber or Lyft accident caused by the driver’s negligence—the driver, or the ridesharing company itself. A car accident when riding in a Uber or Lyft vehicle can be particularly damaging to you or a loved one.
At Brown Law, our dedicated team of Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are knowledgeable about the newly developed New Jersey laws that apply in these types of accidents and are dedicated to formulating innovative legal strategies to ensure our clients recover a full and fair compensation package after sustaining injuries in a ridesharing accident. The most effective way to determine whether you are entitled to compensation—and from which party—is to consult with an experienced attorney who has studied this evolving area of the law. At Brown Law, we are ready to advocate on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Insurance Issues That Can Arise After an Uber or Lyft is Involved in a Car Accident in Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey enacted a set of regulations in 2017 that were designed to resolve some of the confusion surrounding the responsibilities of Uber and Lyft, as well as the duties of those who drive for those rideshare companies. Much of this confusion arose because Uber and Lyft characterize their drivers as independent contractors, rather than as employees—meaning that the companies themselves could not typically be held responsible for the negligent or reckless actions of their drivers, even if the acts were committed while on duty.
To ensure that passengers and other third parties are protected, the new law imposes significant insurance requirements on drivers that are dramatically more favorable for those injured in Uber or Lyft accidents. The new law mandates that the Uber or Lyft insurance cover:
- $1.5 million for bodily injury, property damage and death if the driver is carrying a passenger at the time of the accident
- $10,000 in medical coverage for the driver of the Uber or Lyft vehicle if the driver is carrying a passenger at the time of the accident
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death per person, $100,000 for bodily injury or death per incident and
- $25,000 for property damage if the driver is looking for a passenger—meaning that his or her Uber or Lyft app is operating, indicating that the driver is available to accept passengers
These insurance requirements are significantly more detailed and generous for injured parties than those that apply under general New Jersey motor vehicle law, where the injured party must first look to his or her own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy for compensation. In many cases, an individual PIP policy may provide insufficient coverage for all required medical care and related expenses, and may even contain limitations on the insured party’s ability to sue a negligent or reckless party. If the accident involves an Uber or Lyft driver, many of these restrictions will not apply so that injured parties are protected.
Skilled Lawyers at Brown Law Vigorously Fight to Recover Compensation for Clients Injured in Uber or Lyft Accidents in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Winning compensation for clients injured in Uber or Lyft accidents requires detailed knowledge of a set of laws that is completely separate from those that are commonly applied under New Jersey law. Our experienced car accident lawyers are resourceful in identifying the responsible party and evaluating our clients’ options for recovering compensation for their injuries. Uber and Lyft accidents are every bit as serious as other types of motor vehicle accidents, and we fight to recover compensation for:
- All medical expenses, both current and future
- Rehabilitative care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages, and loss of future earnings potential
- Loss of consortium or support, as well as funeral expenses, if the accident resulted in death.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Trustworthy, Experienced Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer Today
At Brown Law, our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers are committed to providing personalized attention to our clients as we put our battle-tested skills to work to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident while you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, or were hit by a car driven by an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation pursuant to a negligence theory under New Jersey law. Schedule a free consultation by contacting our office or fill out this online form to discuss your case with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer today. Our office is conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. We serve clients throughout Atlantic County including Linwood, Northfield, Hammonton, Egg Harbor Township, Pleasantville, Absecon, Margate and Ventnor.
FAQ: What if I was not wearing a seatbelt in the backseat of my Uber, and was injured in an accident caused by the driver’s negligence? Were the injuries my fault?
New Jersey’s comparative negligence law provides that an injured party whose negligence contributed to an accident can still recover compensation so long as his or her fault is not greater than the party from whom recovery is sought. An experienced lawyer can retain experts to analyze the accident and assign a percentage figure to your degree of fault, which can be used in negotiations or in court to argue that you were less at fault than the negligent driver. In cases that proceed all the way to trial, a judge or jury will determine the final percentage values, but the evidence introduced by your attorney can help them arrive at this determination.
FAQ: What if I was in an accident while a passenger in Uber or Lyft, and I don’t think my driver was at fault for the accident?
It may be difficult to initially determine who is at fault after an accident, and an experienced Uber/Lyft accident lawyer can help evaluate the circumstances of the accident to make this determination. The other driver may have a completely different view of the accident, and it is important to contact a lawyer to keep your options for recovering compensation open until the facts can be properly evaluated.