Ridesharing is a relatively new concept, and states are still working to pass legislation concerning Uber and Lyft accidents. In New York, ridesharing is now legal throughout the state instead of just in New York City. This most likely means an increase in ridesharing injuries and deaths throughout the state. Victims of Uber and Lyft accidents have a few laws regarding how and if they can recover compensation from an accident. As with any car accident case in NY
, a victim must suffer injuries that meet the serious injury threshold in our state to file a personal injury claim, according to our no-fault rule. If injuries do not meet the minimum requirements, the victim can only get a settlement through an insurance company regardless of whether the Uber/Lyft driver was at fault. If your injuries qualify as an exception to the no-fault rule, you can take the negligent driver to court on the basis of negligence. Uber and Lyft drivers can design their own schedules, meaning they can work as much as they wish. Many of these drivers overwork themselves to make more money, even when it’s unsafe to do so. Drowsy driving can easily lead to driver inattention and car accidents. Uber and Lyft drivers also operate their services through their mobile devices, which can present a distraction. When a driver takes his or her eyes away from the road to answer a new passenger request, passengers currently in the vehicle are at risk. DUI and DWI
are also potential negligence threats.