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Uber and Lyft Accident Injury

Top Rated Uber and Lyft Accident Injury Lawyers in Buffalo, New York Have You Been Injured in an Uber or Lyft Vehicle or Have You Been Injured by an Uber or Lyft Driver?

Uber and Lyft AccidentYou are in an accident involving Uber or Lyft. What do you do? Lyft and Uber came to Buffalo, New York on June 9, 2017. Because Uber and Lyft are new to Buffalo, there can be confusion following an accident.

We have substantial experience representing people injured by Uber drivers and Lyft drivers. We also have significant experience representing people who were injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft car, SUV or truck. Every day we fight insurance companies to obtain the best results for our clients.

Uber or Lyft Accident Injury?

There are many different scenarios that can happen with car, SUV or truck accidents involving Uber and Lyft. Some examples follow:

  1. You may be the Uber or Lyft driver hurt by a car, SUV or truck that hits you from the rear;
  2. You may be an Uber or Lyft passenger hurt in an accident because of an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence;
  3. You may be in another car, SUV or truck that was negligently struck by an Uber or Lyft driver;
  4. You may be an Uber or Lyft driver hurt in an accident because of another car, SUV or truck driver’s negligence; or
  5. You may be an Uber or Lyft passenger hurt in an accident because of another driver.

If you are an Uber driver, the first thing that you need to do after an accident is to report the car accident to Uber through the Uber app or by calling the Uber accident hotline at 800-353-8237.

If you are a Lyft driver, the first thing you need to do after a car accident is to report the accident through the Lyft app.

Our top rated Buffalo, New York Uber and Lyft accident injury lawyers can help. We will explain how insurance pays for your medical treatment and lost wages.

We will also explain which insurance companies and defendants will be responsible for the payment of your lost wages, medical bills and compensation for your pain and suffering.

New York State is a No-Fault State.

When a motor vehicle accident occurs in New York State, your medical bills and lost wages are paid by the insurance company for the vehicle that you were in. It does not matter who was at fault for the accident.

New York State has a “Serious Injury” threshold. This is a law that defines who is entitled to compensation above the basic payment of medical bills and lost wages through No-Fault insurance.

Sometimes you do not know if you are seriously injured.

You Need Expert Legal Advice to Determine Whether You Were Seriously Injured Because of a Car, SUV or Truck Accident in New York.

It is extremely important for every person who was involved in a car, SUV or truck accident in Buffalo, New York to consult with Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. as soon as possible at (716) 839-3939.

We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

Who Pays for Medical Care and Missed Time from Work After an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you are an Uber or Lyft driver and you are hurt by a negligent driver, your medical costs and lost wages will be paid through the Black Car Fund (BCF). The BCF is the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Provider for both Uber and Lyft.

The Black Car Fund is underwritten by a surcharge that passengers pay in every trip. It is not explicity listed during the ride but it is factored into the total cost of the service.

Uber and Lyft drivers may be eligible for payment of their pain and suffering claims by:

  1. The negligent drivers’ insurance company; and/or
  2. Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Insurance coverage from Uber or Lyft.

Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Insurance provides coverage when a defendant does not have enough insurance to pay for your injuries or damages.

If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle injured by the negligence of someone other than the Uber or Lyft driver, your settlement may come from the negligent party’s liability insurance coverage and/or supplemental underinsured and possbly uninsured coverage on the Uber or Lyft vehicle and/or possibly your own vehicle.

Your medical bills and lost wages are typically paid by:

  1. Uber’s No-Fault Insurance Policy, which may pay up to $50,000 for medical costs and lost wages per accident; or
  2. Lyft’s No-Fault Insurance Policy, which may pay up to $50,000 for medical costs and lost wages per accident; and/or
  3. Your personal No-Fault Policy if you insure a vehicle or you live with a “resident relative” who insures a vehicle.

A resident relative is defined as “a person who is either the spouse or blood relation of the policyholder and lives in the same home.” This definition is provided by Black’s Law Dictionary.

If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle hurt by the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, your settlement may come from the Uber or Lyft Liability insurance policy and/or possibly your own insurance policy through underinsured or uninsured coverage.

Your medical bills and lost wages will generally be paid by:

  1. Uber’s No-Fault Insurance Policy, which may pay up to $50,000 per accident; or
  2. Lyft’s No-Fault Insurance Policy, which may pay up to $50,000 per accident; and/or
  3. Your personal No-Fault Policy if you insure a vehicle or you live with a resident relative who insures a vehicle.

If you are a driver of another car, SUV or truck injured by the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, your medical bills and lost wages will generally be paid by your own personal No-Fault insurance coverage on the car, SUV or truck that you were driving when the accident occurred.

Any claim above your personal No-Fault insurance coverage, for medical bills and/or lost wages, in excess of $50,000 and your pain and suffering may come from:

  1. Uber or Lyft’s liability insurance policy; and/or
  2. Supplemental coverage from your own policy.

It is always best to discuss the details of your case with our top rated Uber and Lyft accident injury lawyers so that we may determine the correct insurance carrier for your recovery. We are available to fight for you to obtain the best possible recovery.

3 Most Frequently Asked Questions After an Uber or Lyft Accident:
  1. What Should I do Following an Uber or Lyft Accident?
  2. Who Pays for My Medical Bills and Lost Wages After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
  3. Should I Hire a Lawyer for an Injury Involving Uber or Lyft?

What Should I do Following an Uber or Lyft Accident?

Immediately following an Uber or Lyft accident you should:

  1. Move your vehicle to a safe place;
  2. Determine if you are injured and seek emergency medical assistance if needed;
  3. Call the police;
  4. Gather information from the scene including the names and numbers of the parties and the witnesses;
  5. Take pictures and videos of the vehicle, the scene and your injuries;
  6. Notify your car insurance company; and
  7. Call Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. to obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injury.

As an Uber driver, you should report the accident to Uber through the Uber app or by calling the Uber accident hotline at 800-353-8237. If you are a Lyft driver, you need to report the accident through the Lyft app.

Who Pays for My Medical Bills and Lost Wages After an Uber or Lyft Accident?

If you are an Uber or Lyft driver and you are hurt by a negligent driver, your medical costs and lost wages will be paid through the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Provider, namely the Black Car Fund (BCF).

If you are a passenger injured in an Uber or Lyft car, SUV or truck, your medical bills and lost wages are paid through Uber or Lyft’s No-Fault Insurance Policy.

If you are another driver injured by the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver your medical bills and lost wages are paid through the No-Fault policy applicable to the car you were in when the injury occurred.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for an Injury Involving Uber or Lyft?

Yes. The Uber and Lyft insurance coverage is difficult to understand. Our top rated attorneys have extensive experience with Uber and Lyft accidents. We will fight to obtain the best possible result for your Uber or Lyft injury accident in Buffalo, New York.


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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