Uber and Lyft Accidents in New Jersey
Do I Sue Uber/Lyft or the Driver?
If you were injured in a crash that was caused by the Uber/Lyft driver, you will sue the Uber/Lyft driver. The lawsuit will also include a claim that the rideshare was negligent in hiring, retaining, and supervising the driver.
Why Does It Matter that an Uber/Lyft Car was in the Crash?
This is literally the one-and-a-half-million-dollar question in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, if the driver who is responsible for the crash was carrying an Uber/Lyft passenger at the time of the crash, there is $1.5 million-dollar insurance coverage for the injuries.
In New Jersey, if the driver who is responsible for the crash was picking up Uber/Lyft passengers at the time of the crash, there is $1.5 million-dollar insurance coverage for the injuries.
In New Jersey, if the Uber/Lyft driver who is responsible for the crash was not carrying a passenger or picking up a passenger at the time of the crash, a lawsuit is filed against the responsible driver, but the regular insurance policy will apply which usually has significantly less coverage than $1.5 million
I was hit by an Uber/Lyft driver, but he wasn’t driving for Uber/Lyft at the time of the crash.
In New Jersey, if the Uber/Lyft driver who is responsible for the crash was not carrying a passenger or picking up a passenger at the time of the crash, a lawsuit is filed against the responsible driver, but the regular insurance policy will apply which is usually significantly less than $1.5 million.
I was sitting in the back seat and wasn’t wearing my seatbelt.
We all know that we should wear a seat belt at all times. However, sometimes we jump into the back of an Uber for a short drive home. Do we put our seat belt on? Not always.
In New Jersey, you can still sue if you were injured while not wearing a seat belt.
If the other side has an expert who says your injuries are worse because of not wearing a seatbelt during the crash, a jury might give you less money.
But my Uber/Lyft driver wasn’t at fault.
You might not believe that your Uber/Lyft driver was at fault, but the driver of the other car will think that the Uber/Lyft driver was at fault. Talk to us about why you might need to sue all of the drivers involved in the crash.
You should also know that if you were a passenger in the Uber/Lyft and you believe your driver wasn’t responsible for the crash, the Uber/Lyft must carry $1.5 million in Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage.
I am an Uber/Lyft driver and another car crashed into me.
If you are an Uber/Lyft driver who was injured by another driver while you were carrying passengers or going to pick up passengers, you can file a lawsuit against that negligent driver. If that other driver does not have good insurance to cover your injuries, as an Uber/Lyft driver you are carrying $1.5 million in Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage.
How do I Pay for a Lawyer?
When you retain LMLTOO in an Uber/Lyft lawsuit, you do not pay us unless you recover money. We accept rideshare cases on a contingency basis.
Main Causes of Uber/Lyft Crashes in New Jersey
- Careless Driving
- Cellphone Use
- Dangerous Driving
- Drowsy Drivers
- Drunk Driving
- Failure to Yield
- Following Too Closely
- Ignoring Stop Sign
- Ignoring Red Light
- Inexperienced Driving
- Illegal Turn
- Lane Changing
- Left Turn
- Negligent Driving
- Rear End Hit
- Wrong-way Driving
Why are some Uber/Lyft Crashes Worse than Regular Crashes?
In Uber/Lyft cars, we are usually the passengers. We are not looking at oncoming traffic. Sometimes we are after drinking and our perception is not as good. Sometimes, we forget to put on our seatbelts.
There is an old tale that says that we are less injured when we don’t anticipate a crash.
You might find an orthopedist to say that, but I don’t know any neurosurgeon who agrees with that, especially one who deals with brain injuries.
How Much Time do I Have to Sue?
Generally, in New Jersey, a lawsuit for a rideshare crash must be filed within two (2) years of the accident.
Who do I Sue and Who Pays if I Win?
In most cases, the lawsuit is filed against the drivers. As with nearly all automobile crashes, the insurance companies will pay the damages. See above: “Why Does It Matter that an Uber/Lyft Car was in the Crash?”
How long does the Lawsuit Take?
Lawsuits involving rideshare cars are usually resolved within two (2) years from the time of filing.
These are the steps in a typical rideshare lawsuit:
- Complaint Filed with the Court
- Complaint Served on Negligent Driver
- Negligent Driver’s Lawyer Files an Answer
- Both Sides Provide Answers to Interrogatories
- Depositions of Both Sides
- Medical Examination by Doctor Hired by Insurance Company for Negligent Driver
- Both Sides Give Expert Reports
- Non-Binding Arbitration at the Court House
- Settlement Conference with the Judge
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Car Crash Attorneys
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