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Police chief hopes ride-sharing companies will reduce DWI crashes

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies have been a big success in busy metropolitan areas, such as New York City. That success may foretell continued growth and expansion to suburban areas.

For one police chief, that expansion cannot come soon enough. Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack, who is the head of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, recently requested that Gov. Cuomo work with lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow ride-sharing services throughout the entire state of New York.

What accounts for the chief's free marketing endorsement? Zack believes that ride-sharing companies would take an immediate dent in drunk driving, especially in areas where mass transit options are limited or unavailable. Before the expansion can happen, however, statewide regulations and/or changes to insurance law must occur.

Our New York City law firm understands that insurance companies are not always the easiest entities to deal with. After a car or pedestrian accident, for example, a victim may be tempted to talk to the other driver’s insurance adjuster. However, we would caution against this communication. In fact, we urge crash victims to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Although each individual must report an accident to his or her own insurer, a law firm that focuses on personal injury law can provide a more objective assessment of the potential claim. In some cases, a settlement offer may indeed be in a person’s best interest. However, don’t rush into any premature offers from the other driver’s insurance company. Consult with a personal injury attorney to protect your rights.

Source: Daily News, “Police chiefs want Uber in upstate to help curb drunk driving,” Kenneth Lovett, Dec. 5, 2016

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