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White Plains Rideshare Accident Lawyers

White Plains Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Ride-Share Injury Attorneys in White Plains Advocate for the Rights of Accident Victims to Recover Compensation Throughout New York, Including Westchester County, Bronx County, Rockland County, and NYC

Rideshare or transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft have become a popular transportation alternative for many people throughout the NYC metro area. However, the ever-increasing number of vehicles driving for rideshare services means a rising risk of accidents involving these vehicles. Have you been involved in an accident with a rideshare vehicle or while riding as a passenger in a rideshare? You may be entitled to recover compensation for the expenses and losses you incur due to property damage and injuries you suffered in the accident. You should not bear the financial consequences of an accident. Turn to the White Plains rideshare accident lawyers of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., to help you pursue a financial recovery.

For more than six decades, our firm has offered empathetic and experienced legal representation to accident victims in NYC and throughout New York. We know how difficult and stressful recovering from a rideshare accident can be. Our team of attorneys takes the time to listen to your concerns, needs, and goals so we can provide you with honest, relatable legal advice to empower you to make the best decisions for your interests in your rideshare accident case. 

Reach out to Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., for a free initial claim evaluation to discuss your legal options and next steps in your case with our ride-share injury attorneys in White Plains, NY. Let our firm help you pursue the financial recovery you need and deserve from the rideshare companies and their insurers after you’ve suffered injuries in a crash with a negligent rideshare driver. 

Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Some of the most frequent causes of rideshare accidents in New York include:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating/following too closely
  • Reckless driving, including excessive speeding or swerving around traffic
  • Double parking in an active roadway
  • Turning or changing lanes without signaling or checking mirrors
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Driver inexperience or unfamiliarity with local roads
  • Distracted driving, including focusing on a phone for navigation or to manage passenger requests
  • Drowsy/fatigued driving – many rideshare drivers work long shifts or drive during late night/early morning hours
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Poor vehicle maintenance

Rideshare Insurance Requirements in New York

Rideshare companies that operate throughout New York State must provide certain minimum insurance coverage while a driver is logged into the rideshare company’s network. Coverage requirements vary depending on the driver’s trip status at the time of the accident:

  • If the driver is logged into the mobile application but has not accepted a ride request: $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident of bodily injury liability coverage, plus $25,000 of property damage liability coverage
  • If the driver has accepted a ride request, is driving to pick up a rideshare passenger, or has a rideshare passenger in their vehicle: $1 million in third-party liability coverage, $25,000 per accident in uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage, and contingent comprehensive and collision (depending on the driver’s personal insurance)

In comparison to the rest of New York, things operate a little differently in the city. Under Section 1693 of the New York Vehicle & Traffic Law, Uber and Lyft rides are subject to Taxi and Limousine Commission regulation. Therefore, all NYC rideshare drivers must have a commercial auto insurance policy and TLC plates. NYC’s Taxi & Limousine Commission requires rideshare drivers to maintain commercial insurance coverage that provides combined liability coverage of at least $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident. 

The insurance requirements also vary when a vehicle is being used or operated as a TNC (transportation network company) vehicle, depending on the driver’s status at the time of an accident:

  • If the driver is logged into a digital network but is waiting on a ride request: $75,000 per person/$150,000 per accident of bodily injury liability coverage, plus $25,000 per accident of property damage liability coverage
  • If the driver is engaged in a prearranged trip: Combined property damage/bodily injury liability coverage of $1.25 million

The White Plains Rideshare Accident Lawyers of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., Will Help You Secure a Financial Recovery for Your Injuries and Losses

You deserve to spend your time and energy on physical and emotional recovery after suffering severe injuries in a ride-sharing vehicle accident. However, the rideshare companies will not make it easy to recover the financial compensation you need from them. Turn to the ride-share injury attorneys in White Plains, NY, of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., to handle the details of preparing and pursuing your legal claims against the rideshare companies and insurers, including:

  • Investigating the crash to secure the evidence needed to build your case, including police accident reports, accident scene photos/videos, surveillance/traffic camera or dashcam footage, and eyewitness statements
  • Identifying the parties at fault for the crash and potential options for recovering compensation, including PIP coverage or filing a claim against the rideshare company’s insurance
  • Documenting your injuries and calculating your ongoing and future expenses and losses to determine the amount of compensation you deserve to recover in your case
  • Preparing and filing your insurance and legal claims and pursuing maximum financial recovery for you, whether through a negotiated settlement or by taking your case to court, if necessary

Contact Our Firm for a Free Case Review to Discuss Your Legal Options with Our Ride-Share Injury Attorneys in White Plains, NY

Contact Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the claims process from our experienced White Plains rideshare accident lawyer. Turn to our firm for help with standing up to big rideshare companies and insurers to demand the financial compensation you deserve after being hurt in a rideshare accident due to someone else’s negligence. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Rideshare Accidents in White Plains and Throughout New York

What is the statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit after a rideshare accident?

Under New York’s statute of limitations, you normally have three years after a rideshare accident to file a lawsuit against liable parties. A lawsuit filed after the expiration of the statute of limitations can end up being permanently dismissed by the trial court, so you should not wait to talk to Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. ‘s ride-share injury attorneys in White Plains, NY, about pursuing your legal claims. 

Who can be held liable for a rideshare accident?

While a rideshare driver can be held liable for an accident that occurs due to their negligence, the rideshare company normally cannot be subject to employer liability for the driver’s negligence since most drivers work as independent contractors rather than employees. However, rideshare companies are required by state law to have insurance coverage for their drivers. Alternatively, you may have a claim against another driver who carelessly or recklessly hits your rideshare vehicle if you were a passenger. 

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