According to a 2018 University of Chicago study published in the MIT Technology Review, the rise of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have increased traffic deaths in the United States by approximately 2% to 3% since 2011. While this number may not seem like much at first glance, this number equals out to over 1,000 more fatalities each year. As a result, the number of rideshare accident cases in New York has increased dramatically.
This is a very specialized area of law, which is why you need to be represented by an attorney who knows how to handle rideshare accident insurance negotiations. Our Buffalo personal injury attorneys have successfully obtained compensation for many Western New York residents who have been injured after being involved in a collision with a rideshare vehicle. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Mistakes to Avoid in Rideshare Accident Cases in New York
The biggest mistakes that people make after rideshare accidents would be similar to mistakes that are made after any type of motor vehicle accident. Number one, it’s incredibly important that any of the documents that are being filled out from the no-fault perspective are done correctly. These documents cannot over or understate the injuries.
The second major mistake is that people want to tell others about their injuries or how the accident happened. A lot of people do this through various means, such as social media. I tell all my clients to refrain from social media. In fact, we tell our clients to make sure that all their social media is private so insurance companies cannot have free access to them. It is incredibly important that you do not talk to the driver of the vehicle that you are in after a rideshare accident. That person is a potential defendant in the case and has the ability to testify against you. Minimal communication with that individual is important.
The final thing that people do is not contacting an attorney quick enough. Because rideshare accidents are a nuanced system, there are certain requirements that can have a negative impact on the case going forward if not done properly and quickly.
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Were you or a loved one injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle and have questions about rideshare accident cases in New York? Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Buffalo rideshare accident lawyers.