Uber in the city

Uber has become a popular service, increasing travel convenience and efficiency throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs of New York City. Unfortunately, the ubiquitous presence of Uber drivers on our roads has also resulted in a new and dangerous category of accidents. At Kohan Law Group in Manhasset, our personal injury attorneys are all too familiar with Uber accidents and their serious, sometimes disastrous, consequences. We are also fully dedicated to fighting for the rights of their victims. 

Causes of Uber Accidents

Uber accidents result from a variety of factors, many of them common to all drivers, such as distracted driving, speeding, and failure to adhere to traffic laws. However, there are several reasons that these factors may be intensified for Uber drivers. Uber drivers can be at increased risk of having accidents because they:

  • Spend more time on the road: The more time spent driving, the higher the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Uber drivers often work long hours under the pressure of financial need.
  • Work and navigate by using ride-sharing apps: This means that they are in constant contact with their GPS systems and their home office, increasing the risk of distraction as they split their attention between the road and their various devices.
  • Are often unfamiliar with the areas they travel: Often traveling unknown streets and neighborhoods puts Uber driver at greater risk of accidents due to the hesitation and confusion that comes from uncertainty.
  • Are more likely to be fatigued than other drivers: Uber drivers frequently work long hours without adequate breaks, resulting in fatigue that reduces reaction time and alertness.

How Liability Is Determined in Uber Accidents

Determining liability in Uber accidents varies according to the driver’s status at the time of the incident:

  • When Uber drivers are not logged into the app, their personal auto insurance is their primary source of coverage.
  • When Uber drivers are logged in but have not yet accepted a ride, Uber provides limited liability coverage.
  • When Uber drivers have a passenger on board or en route, Uber’s commercial insurance, including liability and uninsured motorist coverage of $1 million is in effect.

Uber accidents, like other traffic accidents may involve more than two parties. All possible permutations of injuries and blame make determining responsibility complex. That is why you need an attorney with in-depth knowledge of Uber regulations and New York state law at your side as you fight for appropriate compensation.

Third-Party Victims in Uber Accidents

Not all victims of Uber accidents are passengers. Pedestrians, cyclists, and occupants of other vehicles can also suffer injuries due to an Uber driver’s negligence and are also entitled to seek compensation. The liability may fall on the Uber driver, the company, or both, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the driver’s app status at the time of the incident.

How Our Sharp Uber Accident Attorneys Can Help

At Kohan Law Group, our attorneys excel in handling Uber accident claims. We provide:

  • Free case evaluation
    We will listen carefully to the details of your case, pay attention to your medical records, and identify all potential sources of liability and insurance coverage.
  • Comprehensive investigation
    Our team will gather all necessary evidence, including police reports, driver histories, app status logs, witness statements, and surveillance videos, to build a strong case.
    We will also consult with expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
  • Skilled negotiations 
    Our legal team is highly capable when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies, and with opposing lawyers to ensure you receive full and fair compensation.
  • Aggressive litigation
    We always prepare vigorous arguments and well-crafted strategies for litigation so that, if it becomes necessary to go to court in order to win you maximum damages, we are ready to fight forcefully for your rights.
  • Compassionate support
    One thing you can be sure of when you come to Kohan Law Group is that you will be dealing not only with highly competent professionals but with Fcaring human beings who take your case seriously and genuinely want to ease your burden.

Damages We Will Fight to Recover

We are well aware that the aftermath of an Uber accident can be overwhelming as you face physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Our legal team is committed to recover every dollar you deserve for both economic (out-of-pocket) and non-economic (intangible) damages, including:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages, present and future
  • Property damage or loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Psychological counseling
  • Replacement services
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If your Uber accident was caused by especially egregious behavior (e.g. impaired or reckless driving), we may be able to persuade the court to award you punitive damages as well.

Contact Our Experienced Uber Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been the victim of an Uber accident that resulted in serious harm, now is the time to call Kohan Law Group to clarify your options. You will find our attorneys well-informed and eager to help.The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can take over all legal and logistical matters and  begin working hard to secure your future.