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As noted by The Washington Post, the Safety Report does disclose that the company received 3,000 sexual assault complaints from drivers and passengers, including 235 rapes in a single year. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, there were 6,000 sexual assault incidents reported to the company. The statistics are staggering and call for the companies to continue to address these safety issues.
While Uber and other rideshare companies have continued to emphasize that their drivers are safe, it is important to note that drivers can have "severe violations" and not be disqualified from driving for the company. A driver can have up to three minor violations (non-fatal crashes, traffic-light violations, speeding, and moving violations) in the past three years and still be eligible. Furthermore, drivers can have a DUI or drug-related driving violation on their record or other "severe violations" as long as they were not in the past 7 years.
Receiving Compensation After a Rideshare Accident
If you were injured in an Uber accident, you deserve compensation. Even if you were partially at fault for your injuries, you might still be entitled to recovery. Holding all liable parties accountable for their negligence or wrongdoing can be difficult. You should never try to pursue a legal claim without the help of an experienced attorney.
At Ajlouny Injury Law, we offer free legal advice. There are never any consultation fees or out-of-pocket fees to retain our services. We only get paid if we win. In rideshare accident cases, there may be more than one person that can be held responsible, and there could be multiple insurance policies. It is crucial to file a claim against any policies that the driver has in order to get the largest settlement available in your case.
Call our office to speak with an attorney about your legal options following a rideshare accident or text the attorney at (516) 410-4090.
Common Causes of Uber Accidents
There may be one or more contributing factors that are responsible for your injuries. In many cases, Uber and rideshare accidents are preventable caused by driver negligence. In New York, pedestrians are at high risk for injury because of a motor vehicle operator failing to simply look behind them before backing up or being distracted by a cell phone. According to the New York State Department of Health, motor vehicle traffic accidents kill an average of 312 pedestrians each year. Additionally, they are responsible for sending pedestrians to over 12,500 emergency department visits annually.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Types of Injuries the Result from Uber Accidents
Injuries in Uber accidents can range in severity. In order to recover damages for pain and suffering, you must have serious injuries as defined under New York law. Serious injuries can include:
Fractures or broken bones
Loss of a fetus
Limitation or loss of a body function or system
Any injury that impairs your ability to perform “customary daily activities” for 90 out of the 180 days following the accident (90/180 rule)
If you suffer any injuries, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. It can take hours or even days before you feel the true impact of the collision. Failure to seek medical attention immediately after the accident could hurt your case. Law enforcement can help get emergency medical personnel to the scene, but even if you are treated and released, you need to follow up with a physician. Always continue treatment and rehabilitation throughout the course of your lawsuit to ensure you are compensated for medical expenses.
It is essential to consult with an attorney to determine how to proceed with your claim. In addition to pain and suffering, you are entitled to receive compensation for basic economic loss such as medical treatments, rehabilitation or therapy, lost wages, and potential earnings.
Hiring an Attorney After an Accident
If you are injured in an Uber accident, it can be confusing to know where to turn. For the past 30 years, our attorneys have helped injury victims recover millions after an accident. You deserve an attorney who will fight to get you the most extensive recovery in your case. In many cases, auto accidents can leave a person unable to work or obtain gainful employment. When your injuries are catastrophic, you need to act fast to get the money you need to get back on your feet.
Our lawyers are available night and day to assist you with your case. We respect your time and value your claim. At Ajlouny Injury Law, we are dedicated to providing you the one-on-one attention you need to get the largest settlement or verdict possible in your case. You will always be connected with an attorney when you call our office. If you’re injured, call us for free legal help. Do not wait until it is too late.