Have you been hit by a taxi or Uber while visiting NYC? Whether you believe your injuries were caused as a direct result of the taxi or Uber driver’s negligence, or it was an unfortunate accident, you may have the right to seek compensation.
New York City is a one of the largest and most heavily populated cities in the nation. The traffic is not caused in large part by personally-owned vehicles. Most New York residents and tourists take taxis, hire Uber drivers, or use public transportation to get around. Unfortunately, these vehicles can still cause roads to be congested and potential hazards at almost any time of day. As a result, New York has seen more than its fair share of auto accidents and injuries involving motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
If you have been hit by a taxi or Uber, you may be wondering what to do. What actions should you take immediately after your accident? How do you go about filing a claim? Who is responsible under New York no-fault insurance laws? Do you need to hire an attorney?
Any time an individual is injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that individual take specific steps to document the accident. Documenting the scene will aid in the claim process. These are a few of the actions you should take after being hit by a taxi or Uber in NYC:
As New York is a no-fault insurance state, drivers (including those working for taxi companies, Uber and other ridesharing groups) are required by law to carry at least the basic no-fault coverage. According to the New York State Department of Financial Services, minimal coverage would provide for up to $50,000 per person in personal injury protection, regardless of who was at-fault or whether negligence was involved.
No-fault insurance pays for economic damages including:
In cases where economic damages exceed the $50,000 minimum coverage, or non-economic damages were suffered as a result of serious injury, the victim may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking fair and just compensation.
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