A terrifying Uber accident in New York City caused by speeding and driver negligence has dealt critical, life-threatening injuries to the passenger of the for-hire vehicle. The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was left fighting for her life after she was ejected from the car and landed on the sidewalk.
Police investigators say that a Dodge Charger (that had been caught on surveillance footage earlier in the night engaged in reckless activities) was traveling at a rate of speed much higher than the posted limit when it ran through a red light. The high-powered sports car smashed into the Uber vehicle. The collision was so violent that the Uber (a Honda Accord) was tossed up onto the sidewalk like a child’s toy. Unlike the passenger, the driver of the Charger was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but is expected to be charged with multiple violations.
Typically, in automobile accidents and in Uber accidents in New York City, the vehicle’s insurance company will cover the medical expenses (no-fault insurance benefits) and provide liability coverage for the driver and owner if they are sued by an injured party. If on the other hand, the Uber driver was on the job at the time of the accident, simply put, Uber’s insurance would additional to the vehicle’s insurance. In this case however, Uber says that the driver of the Honda was not actively engaged at the time of the crash. Whichever is the case, the passenger can also file a claim with the Charger’s insurance company and the personal auto insurance company for the driver of the Charger as well.
While relatively “simple” car crashes in New York City can be resolved quickly and easily through the insurance claim process, any time there are extenuating circumstances or multiple parties involved it’s always a good idea to seek expert legal advice from an experienced car accident attorney in New York City. Contact the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for your free consultation today. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.