Although ridesharing has become extremely popular in places like New York, ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber oftentimes receive complaints concerning safety, and many in the taxi industry claim that ridesharing is less safe than a traditional taxicab. According to a report released by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), in the latter half of 2015, Uber drivers were involved in more fatal car accidents than yellow cabs. However, Uber drivers were also involved in fewer total accidents than the industry average. Uber officials raised concerns about how the data was collected, claiming that some of the auto accidents should have been attributed to Lyft drivers. But either way, the injuries still occurred in ridesharing accidents, whether the driver was associated with Uber or Lyft.
TLC stated that the report provided a comprehensive view of safety in the for-hire sector and that it is a valuable tool for consumers who want to make an informed decision when it comes to who they choose to ride with. In the end, the statistics reveal that although taking a Lyft or an Uber might be slightly riskier than a taxicab, the difference is not especially significant.
If you’ve been involved in a ridesharing accident, it is important to know that the insurance situations can be complicated. In New York City, Lyft and Uber drivers are actually regulated by the TLC and drivers are required to carry at a minimum $100,000 in personal injury liability insurance. In addition, ridesharing companies will often have their own insurance policies in the event one of their drivers is involved in an accident. While it would seem this insurance coverage would guarantee compensation in an incident, many other unique challenges could jeopardize your right to damages.
If you’ve been involved in an uber accident, there are five things you should do immediately after the incident in order to protect your legal rights. First, be sure to seek medical attention no matter how minor your injuries may seem. Second, contact law enforcement officers to report the accident. Third, take photographs at the scene, and take some notes in order to remember the sequence of events. Fourth, report the incident to the ridesharing company, and confirm with the company that they received your accident report. Finally, always be sure to consult with an experienced Long Island Car Accident Attorney.
If you have been involved in a ridesharing accident in New York, it is important that you consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Long Island Car Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. A seasoned and skilled lawyer can discuss any options available to you and make sure that your legal rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP by calling (866) 895-0420 and learn how we can help you. We are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time, day or night.