Uber / Lyft Accident Attorneys in New Jersey
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Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have changed the way we travel. Today, these app-based companies provide consumers with a cost-efficient mode of transportation. However, rideshare vehicles can still be involved in accidents. When they are, they can complicate personal injury cases.
Founded in 1939, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has represented clients harmed in a wide range of auto accidents. Though transportation trends have changed, the premise of personal injury claims has not. Victims and families have the right to hold at-fault parties accountable for the harm and losses they cause – and protecting that right has been our mission for decades.
Why Levinson Axelrod, P.A.?
- Over $1 Billion in Compensation Recovered
- Proven Auto Accident Case Results
- Offices Staffed by Certified Civil Trial Attorneys
- Personalized Service & Support
Questions about your rights after an Uber or Lyft accident? Call to speak with an attorney about your rights and options.
Damages You Can Pursue in Uber / Lyft Accidents
Victims injured in accidents that could and should have been prevented, as well as families who lose loved ones in fatal wrecks, have the right to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
These civil suits provide an opportunity for victims to recover their losses, including damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost future income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering and mental anguish
- Disability, disfigurement, and impairment
While victims have the right to compensation, their ability to secure and maximize a financial recovery can be complicated by unique issues involved in Uber and Lyft accidents, in part because they are still new services, and because of the issues they create when it comes to liability and insurance coverage.
Fault, Liability & Insurance Coverage
Personal injury claims allow victims to hold an at-fault party (or parties) financially responsible for damages caused by negligent or wrongful acts. While determining fault and liability is a matter unique to every case, other difficulties can complicate Uber and Lyft accident claims, as rideshare drivers are classified as “independent contractors” rather than employees.
This arrangement allows rideshare services to dispute liability because victims may not always be covered by a rideshare’s commercial insurance policy. For example:
- Victims injured as passengers in a Lyft or Uber are typically covered by the company’s commercial insurance policy, both for accidents caused by the rideshare driver and by other negligent parties.
- Victims injured as drivers or occupants of other vehicles may be covered by different insurance policies, depending on what the Uber or Lyft driver was doing at the time. If the rideshare driver was transporting a customer, the commercial insurance policy will apply. In other situations, such as when rideshare drivers are “off the clock” (i.e. not using the app) or traveling to pick up a customer, victims may be covered by a contingent commercial policy, the driver’s own auto insurance, or other available means of coverage (such as PIP, UM / UIM, etc.).
Given the difficulties of resolving fault, liability, and insurance coverage issues in Uber and Lyft cases, it is of critical importance that victims seek the counsel of proven personal injury lawyers. Our firm leverages decades of experience to conduct investigations and help clients explore their options.
Types of Uber / Lyft Accident Cases
As a law firm solely focused on fighting for the injured and the wronged, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has the experience and resources to handle all types of Uber/Lyft accidents, including cases involving:
- Uber/Lyft passenger injuries
- Motorists injured by Uber/Lyft drivers
- Pedestrians hit by Uber/Lyft drivers
- Bicyclists hurt by Uber/Lyft drivers
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured motorists
- Commercial truck and vehicle accidents
- Defective products or auto parts
Whether victims pursue claims against Uber or Lyft, a negligent driver, or another at-fault party, the companies and insurance carriers defending against them are focused on paying victims as little as they possibly can. Because they prioritize profits over people and have extensive resources to fight claims, victims should be aware of the need to level the playing field with a proven law firm.
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Levinson Axelrod, P.A. serves all 21 counties in New Jersey from 9 different office locations. If you or a family member have been harmed in any type of vehicle collision involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, we encourage you to contact our team at soon as possible to discuss your legal rights, available options, and the steps we can help you take to secure the compensation you deserve.
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Tractor-Trailer Jury Verdict $8,000,000
A 35-year-old laborer who resides in Kearny was seriously injured while working on the median of a highway when a passing tractor-trailer lost a wheel that struck him. Evidence at trial established that after a recent tire change, the lug nuts were not properly secured by both the owner and the independent contractor who had installed the tire. Our client suffered severe head and orthopedic injuries and is now totally disabled as a result of the accident.
Personal Injury Settlement $7,000,000
A Middlesex County man was severely injured and burned as a result of a collision with a truck. The truck driver had lost control of his vehicle and had come through a median barrier which had failed to redirect the truck away from oncoming traffic. Expert testimony established that the median barrier was defective and therefore failed to protect motorist from this type of accident.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $6,000,000
A female drunk driver crashed into plaintiff’s vehicle causing multiple fractures to the right ankle and foot. Plaintiff’s doctor testified that plaintiff would be under pain management protocol for the rest of his life due to this condition.
Tractor-Trailer Settlement $3,700,000
A Morristown woman was injured when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that lost control on black ice on Interstate 287. The defendant's truck had jack-knifed as it was changing lanes in order to avoid an earlier accident. The accident resulted in our client suffering severe head injuries.
Motorcycle Collision Settlement $2,500,000
A young man was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle to work when another driver made a left hand turn in front of him, leaving our client had no memory of the accident. He suffered a number of serious fractures and underwent multiple surgeries, leaving him with disabilities. The case settled on the second day of trial.
Auto Accident Settlement $2,500,000
Levinson Axelrod Partner, Mark V. Kuminski represented a local Franklin Township woman who was involved in a three-car motor vehicle accident. The incident occurred when one of the drivers, later named as the defendant in the personal injury lawsuit filed by Mark and our firm, rear-ended a vehicle that had been stopped. Mark’s ability to express the full scope of damages incurred by our client, proved successful in compelling the jury to rule in our client’s favor.
Tractor-Trailer Judgment $2,000,000
A truck driver was injured in a chain reaction collision accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The defendant had been operating a tractor-trailer in front of our client's vehicle and had jackknifed in an attempt to bring its vehicle to an abrupt stop. Our client's vehicle then struck the defendant's trailer from behind, causing our client serious leg injuries, resulting in amputation.
Auto Accident Settlement $1,750,000
A father and daughter were killed in motor vehicle accident when the vehicle they were passengers in was struck by the defendant's delivery truck. Evidence established during discovery revealed that the delivery truck driver had run a red light and was also speeding at the time of the accident.
Auto Accident Settlement $1,500,000
Our client was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a single car accident, which occurred when the driver of the vehicle she was in lost control while passing another car. There was an allegation that the driver was racing another car when the accident occurred. Our client sustained cervical and lumbar injuries and was ultimately required to undergo surgery on her neck.
Auto Accident Settlement $1,250,000
A Howell Township teenager was a passenger in a car when the driver lost control of the vehicle, resulting in a violent crash against a tree. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in major memory loss, poor concentration and cognitive deficits, in addition to multiple fractures and deep lacerations to the tendons of his left hand requiring plastic surgery. The proceeds of the settlement on behalf of our client were put into a Trust to pay for his special needs throughout his life.
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is committed to helping good people through difficult times. We build real relationships and make communication a priority to provide the best possible service and results.
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