NEW YORK RIDESHARE LAWYERS

Westchester County, New York Rideshare Attorneys Since 1986

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RIDESHARE LAWYER REVIEWS

"I would recommend him to all my friends & family."

Latonia Smith - Google Review
2020

 

"Mr. Keith Ahlers is a very respectful Attorney who knows his stuff. He was very kind to me & listened/addressed ALL my concerns. He handled my case with the up most respect & authority. I always dealt with him directly.  I would recommend him to all my friends & family."

INJURY ACCIDENT RESULTS

$1.5M

$900K

Motorcyclist killed when defendant vehicle made a sudden left turn in front of her
Pedestrian crossing street struck by tow truck requiring back surgery

$1.2M

Passenger in Diplomatic van seriously injured requiring neck surgery when defendant vehicle went through light

$750K

Motorcyclist struck at intersection resulting in broken leg

Keith J. Ahlers - Founding Partner

ABOUT US

Did your loved one suffer an injury in a car accident involving a rideshare vehicle like Uber or Lyft? With over 35 years of experience with car accident related cases, Curan & Ahlers is ready to fight for you! Curan & Ahlers handles rideshare related cases in Westchester County and throughout New York. If you're looking for experienced rideshare attorneys, give us a call today.

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Rideshare Attorney Westchester County, New York

 

Did you know that you are 25 times more likely to crash while driving for a ride-hailing company than when driving your own car? That statistic comes from the AAA’s recent study of Uber and Lyft, two leading rideshare services.
And as alarming as that statistic sounds, it’s not surprising to many personal injury lawyers who frequently handle cases involving rideshare accidents. After all, these services operate under different rules than standard taxis and other driver services. 

 

A rideshare service allows passengers and drivers to connect with one another through an app on their smartphones. They offer a lower-cost alternative to traditional taxi services and can be a good option if you want to split the cost of a ride with someone else or if you need a ride home after drinking at a bar.
 

The rise in popularity of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft
 

With the rise in popularity of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft, some people have expressed concern that the increased use of these services will result in increased congestion. However, this is not necessarily the case. Although there may be an initial rise in congestion as more people start using these services, over time, as more people begin using rideshare apps, overall congestion can actually decrease.
 

The reason for this is that ride-sharing services tend to result in a shift in travel patterns. Instead of driving alone to their final destinations, those who use rideshare apps are likely to combine their trip with another person who is also heading in the same direction. This results in fewer total trips being made and less congestion on the road.
 

Common causes of rideshare accidents
 

In the US, there is no federal legislation that mandates the safety standards for passenger vehicles, and each state has

different regulations. 
 

Ridesharing companies are not required to perform safety inspections on vehicles participating in the programs. This puts an additional burden on drivers, who must ensure that their vehicles comply with both company and state regulations. 

 

According to the federal government, there is no single regulatory agency that sets safety standards for vehicles used for ridesharing. State and local governments are responsible for setting these standards. Therefore, the types of safety equipment required may vary from one location to another. 
 

The following are some of the common causes of accidents in rideshare vehicles: 
 

1) Underinflated tires: Underinflated tires can cause loss of control and increase your risk of being involved in a crash. Tires should be inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure level indicated on the tire sidewall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends checking your tire pressure monthly and adjusting it as necessary.
 

2) Stuck throttle: A stuck throttle can cause sudden acceleration or deceleration without your input, which can lead to loss of control and a collision. 
 

3) Limited or unclear visibility: Vehicles that don’t have clear rearview mirrors, or ones that don’t allow drivers to see all around their vehicle, can lead to dangerous situations when merging onto or off of highways and roads. 
 

4) Aggressive driving behavior: Aggressive driving behavior can lead to dangerous situations on the road and increase your risk of being involved in a crash. 
 

Compensation available through rideshare insurance policies
 

One of the greatest benefits of rideshare insurance is the unique compensation it offers to drivers. Because of the dangers involved in driving for a rideshare company, these insurance policies offer increased coverage in many different areas.
 

One example is coverage for bodily injury. With traditional auto insurance, bodily injury coverage is limited to $100,000. With rideshare insurance, however, this can be increased up to $1 million. This extra coverage can provide peace of mind knowing that you are protected in case of an accident.
 

Another area in which rideshare insurance exceeds traditional auto insurance is with supplemental coverage. This type of coverage provides additional protection for losses not covered by standard policies. It can include things like lost wages from missed work due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Rideshare insurance provides up to $50,000 in supplemental coverage, greatly increasing your protection.
 

Other unique features of rideshare insurance include defensive driver discounts and 24-hour emergency assistance. Defensive driver discounts are available if you safely maintain a certain driving record and undergo defensive driving training through the company you drive for. 
 

24-hour emergency assistance provides immediate help anytime and anywhere in the world by connecting you with a team of qualified specialists via phone or email who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns you have while on the road with your passengers and belongings safely in tow thanks to this outstanding benefit that’s part of making sure your rideshare travels go smoothly and safely no matter which company you’re riding with!, By taking advantage of these benefits and more, you can rest assured that you’re always well protected when driving for a ridesharing service.
 

Why you need a personal injury attorney if you were in a rideshare accident
 

There are many reasons why you need a personal injury attorney if you were in a rideshare accident. First, an experienced attorney will help you navigate the legal process, which can be complicated and confusing. They will also advocate for your best interests and work to recover the maximum possible compensation on your behalf. Additionally, attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to navigate complex cases such as these.
 

Second, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options after an accident. They will assess the situation and determine if you have a case. They will also help you collect crucial evidence, such as ride data records, as well as negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Finally, they can represent you in court if necessary and even take your case all the way to jury trial if needed.
 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a rideshare accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The legal process can be complicated, and you don’t want to miss any deadlines or forfeit any potential benefits. A qualified attorney can help guide you through the process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Car Injury Attorneys in Westchester County, NY
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White Plains, New York 10601

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