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How Long Does An Uber Settlement Take In New York? Legal Insights 

The road to recovery after an Uber accident can be filled with uncertainty and questions.

How long does an Uber settlement take? When can I expect compensation for my damages? What factors influence the duration of the process?

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the steps of the settlement process following an Uber accident, explaining the factors that can influence the timeframe for resolution.

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Bradford H. Bernstein

This article was written and reviewed by Bradford H. Bernstein, a second-generation leader at Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, P.C., who has helped over 100,000 clients with immigration and personal injury issues. Brad joined the firm in 1993, became a partner in 1997, and assumed leadership in 2000 after Harry Spar retired.


How Long Does An Uber Settlement Take In New York?

The duration of an Uber settlement process in New York can vary significantly, ranging from a few weeks to several months and even years, depending on various factors.

In straightforward cases where liability is clear and damages are minimal, settlements may be reached relatively quickly, often within a few months.

However, complex cases involving disputed liability, severe injuries, or extensive negotiations may extend the settlement timeline, requiring longer time to reach a resolution.

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An Uber settlement in New York can take anywhere between several weeks and several years​

Factors That Affect Uber Settlement Time In New York

As you are facing mounting medical bills and lost income after an Uber accident, you might worry about the settlement timeline and any delays in the process.

But what factors can affect the settlement time? Here are some of them:

Number Of Parties Involved In The Accident

The more parties are involved in the Uber accident, the more complex the settlement process can become.

If multiple parties share liability or there are disputes over who is at fault, reaching a settlement may take longer as coordinating negotiations and agreements can extend the timeline for resolution.


If liability for the Uber accident is clear-cut and the parties agree on who is responsible for the accident, the settlement process may proceed smoothly and quickly.

However, if there is disagreement or uncertainty regarding liability, additional investigation and legal proceedings may be necessary, resulting in a longer settlement time.

Eyewitness Statements

Eyewitness statements can be crucial for determining the sequence of events that led up to the accident.

The credibility and consistency of eyewitness testimony can influence negotiations and the settlement outcome.

Having contradictory or unclear eyewitness accounts may prolong the settlement process as additional evidence or testimony will be needed to clarify the circumstances of the accident.

Read more on the importance of witnesses to a car accident claim in our extensive guide.

The Extent Of Your Injuries

If you sustained minor injuries and recovery is expected to be swift, reaching a settlement quickly might avoid lengthy legal proceedings.

However, if you suffered severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment or rehabilitation, negotiations may be delayed until the full extent of the damage is known.

Your Recovery Time

If your injuries require a lengthy recovery period or result in long-term impairment, negotiations may be put on hold until your medical condition stabilizes, and the long-term prognosis becomes clear.

In addition, your recovery time may influence the amount of compensation sought to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damage incurred because of the accident.

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From multiple parties involved in the accident to unclear liability, multiple factors can delay an Uber settlement​

How Does An Uber Accident Settlement Process Work?

The process of filing a claim and reaching a settlement for an Uber accident involves several steps. Since each case is unique, the timeline and outcome may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident and the parties involved.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

You can start the settlement process by filing a personal injury claim with Uber’s insurance or with the insurance of any third parties involved in the accident.

The claim outlines the details of the accident, the injuries sustained, and the damage incurred. It allows you to seek economic damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, along with non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.

Gathering Evidence

Once you file a claim, the parties involved in the accident gather evidence to support their respective claims.

This evidence may include photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, medical records documenting injuries, and any other relevant documentation such as police reports or traffic citations.

Negotiating With Uber’s Insurance Provider

Uber’s insurance adjusters review the details of the accident, including evidence provided by both parties, and engage in negotiations with you or your attorney.

These negotiations aim to reach a settlement agreement that compensates you for the injuries you sustained in the accident.

Filing A Lawsuit

If you are not satisfied with the proposed settlement amount, you may choose to file a lawsuit against Uber or the Uber driver to seek compensation through the court system.

This legal action involves presenting evidence and arguments to a judge or jury, who then decide the outcome.

Do You Have An Uber Accident Case? Contact Spar & Bernstein

Spar & Bernstein has defended the rights of people who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents for 60+ years.

Our experienced and compassionate attorneys will advocate for your rights after an Uber accident, regardless of whether you were involved as a driver of another vehicle, Uber passenger or a pedestrian.

We will:

  • Assess the details of your Uber accident and discuss your legal options at a free initial consultation
  • Assist you in gathering evidence to build a strong case
  • Help you understand the complexities of Uber’s insurance policies and determine which coverage applies to your specific situation
  • File a personal injury claim on your behalf within the legal deadlines
  • Identify all responsible parties, including the Uber driver and potentially Uber itself
  • Help you in documenting your damages to calculate the full extent of your losses
  • Negotiate with insurance providers to reach fair compensation for your injuries
  • Represent you in mediation or litigation, if negotiations fail to yield a satisfactory settlement
  • Ensure you are updated on your case’s progress every step of the way
  • Offer compassionate support and guidance to help ease your burden during this challenging time

Contact our knowledgeable Uber accident lawyers at Spar & Bernstein and we will make sure your case is well taken care of and moving in the right direction.

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How Long Does An Uber Settlement Take In New York? FAQs

For more information on the timeline and settlement process after an Uber accident, check out our section with commonly asked questions.

Can I negotiate directly with Uber’s insurance company for a settlement?

Yes, you can negotiate directly with Uber’s insurance company for a settlement. Note that the insurance provider may offer a settlement amount lower than what you deserve, potentially underestimating the true extent of your damages. To ensure you receive fair compensation, contact our attorneys at Spar & Bernstein.

Will the settlement process be faster if I hire a lawyer?

While hiring a lawyer will not affect the timeline of your case, it can expedite the settlement process by managing negotiations on your behalf, protecting your rights, and advocating for fair compensation.

Can I negotiate the terms of an Uber settlement agreement once it’s been proposed?

Yes, you can negotiate the terms of an Uber settlement agreement, but with the help of an attorney you will generally get a larger settlement, even when taking into account attorney fees.

What happens after a settlement agreement is reached?

After you reach a settlement agreement, the terms of the settlement are finalized, and you will receive compensation for your damages as outlined in the agreement. Once the case is closed and you accept the settlement, you waive your ability to pursue additional legal action regarding the accident.

What if I accepted a settlement but later discovered additional injuries or damages?

Once you accept a settlement, you will likely sign a release agreement which prevents you from pursuing additional legal actions against Uber for the same accident, even when new additional injuries or damages are discovered.

What steps can I take to expedite the Uber settlement process?

To make sure there are no delays, report the accident promptly, gather evidence, maintain open communication with insurance adjusters and work with experienced personal injury lawyers.

What if the Uber driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident?

If the Uber driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, it can significantly impact your personal injury claim. In addition to seeking compensation from Uber’s insurance, you may also have grounds to pursue punitive damages against the driver for their reckless behavior, or an establishment that may have overserved the driver.

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