Need an Injury Lawyer in a New Jersey Ridesharing Accident?
In many of New Jersey’s largest cities, you will find people who are headed to point A to point B. Though taxis have been a common source of this for the past few decades, ridesharing services have become widely popularized over the past few years. Many of these companies have become a staple to those who rely on them, such as Uber and Lyft.
Ridesharing companies and taxi services are alike in some ways, and very different in others. If you have fallen victim to one of these accidents due to negligence, you might wonder if you have rights like any other type of motor vehicle accident. However, you might have found that there are many complications in these accidents as well. We want to help.
What is PIP?
What is PIP and how does it play a role in these cases? If you are utilizing the help of rideshare services, you should know about something known as PIP, or personal injury protection. This is a special type of protection that helps you handle financial burdens when you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another.
However, you might have heard of PIP but also found that you are not eligible for these protections. If you were unable to receive these protective types of insurance, you might wonder what other ways you can file for compensation in your time of need. You have many options.
Many cities have taken action to protect those who utilize these rideshare services in their cities. They might have even told riders that there are many dangers when choosing these companies, as you have few protections and might find yourself in the midst of financial worry. You made the decision to utilize help in your time of need to find a ride home and do not deserve to be punished with financial burden.
So, How DO You Receive Compensation?
You will find that many ridesharing claims are not like an ordinary claim. Yes, there is a negligent party and yes, they have committed a negligent act that led to your accident. You might find that there is trouble when it comes to your case and holding a company liable. Companies are held liable for the actions of their drivers under a theory known as ‘vicarious liability.’ However, what happens if the Uber driver is known as an independent contractor? This means that the company might be off the hook for your accident and you would instead only bring a claim against the Uber driver.
We can help you make all distinctions in your case and find out if a driver is actually employed through the company or if you will bring your claim against one single driver based on their negligent actions. If you have been seriously injured, you might need help when it comes to medical bills, lost wages, and more that are piling up against you. Call us today for help you deserve.