Queens Lyft Or Uber Car Accident: Three People Injured In Queens Ride-Share Car Accident By Woodside Avenue and 61st Street In Woodside
QUEENS, CALIFORNIA (November 10, 2019) – Three people were injured in a rideshare accident in Woodside after an Uber or Lyft driver rear-ended a parked car and then hit an elderly pedestrian.
Queens police are saying that the accident took place around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Woodside Avenue and 61st Street. For reasons that remain under invesigation the Lyft and Uber driver rear-ended a parked car then hit an 81-year-old woman on the sidewalk.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to treat the driver of the parked car and the elderly pedestrian. Lyft has temporarily suspended the driver’s license pending the outcome of an investigation.
Liability In Lyft and Uber Accidents
According to the MIT Technology Review, “The rise of ride-sharing services has increased traffic deaths by 2% to 3% in the US since 2011, equivalent to as many as 1,100 mortalities a year, according to a new study from the University of Chicago and Rice University.” There are a number of causes of ride-share accidents including:
- Driver intoxication
- Driver fatigue
- Illegal maneuvers
Rideshare drivers are supposed to operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions of the road. There is no good excuse for a driver to ever rear-end another vehicle. Drivers are supposed to be scanning the road ahead of them and maintain a safe follow distance with the lead vehicle. If a Lyft or Uber driver rear-ends another car and causes an accident they will typically be held liable.
Whether or not Lyft or Uber are liable for an accident will depend on what the driver was doing at the time of the collision. If the rideshare driver did not have the app on and was not picking up or dropping off a passenger Lyft or Uber typically wouldn’t be liable. If the driver was picking up or dropping off a passenger at the time of the collision Lyft or Uber normally would face some liability for the accident.
Any person that is injured in a car accident due to the negligent conduct of a Lyft or Uber driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. It is therefore important to act quickly. A rideshare accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Rideshare Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims of this horrific accident? Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the New York police department as they continue their investigation. This was a preventable accident that should not have taken place.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.