Injured in a Rideshare? Your Case is Our Cause.
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The convenience and flexibility of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have people all over using these apps at record numbers. They’re simple to use and allow users to get rides when they don’t have access to a vehicle of their own or simply don’t feel like driving for a night out.
What happens if you’re involved in a car accident and injured during a rideshare using a service like Uber or Lyft?
This adds a wrinkle of complexity to your case and you’ll want to be sure that you have an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the legal process.
Our attorneys know that a car accident involving Uber, Lyft, or another type of rideshare service can cause personal injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and in the most extreme cases – death.
With over 100 years of combined trial and litigation experience, our legal team will ensure you get the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a rideshare service. Contact us today for a free review of your case – you will pay nothing for our services unless we help you recover money from your accident.
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What is a Rideshare?
A ridesharing service allows users to arrange one-way transportation quickly and typically through an app or website.
Currently, the two biggest ridesharing services are Uber and Lyft. While other services and brands exist, these two are the dominant players in the market – specifically within North America.
Can I sue if I was in an accident while using an Uber, Lyft or another rideshare service?
Unfortunately, car accidents occur regularly causing personal injuries to the passengers, driver, and others on the road. When an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service is involved, the legal side of things can become confusing and may require the aid of a skilled lawyer to ensure fair compensation is received for any damages sustained.
One thing to keep in mind is that accidents involving Uber and other rideshare services can fall into a few different scenarios, including:
The Uber driver has the app off
If an accident occurs involving an Uber or Lyft driver and their app is turned off – meaning they are not currently working – then the driver’s personal car insurance will cover them for any accident they may cause.
The Uber driver has their app on, but is not actively transporting a passenger
Any Uber driver that is actively using their car for work has the option to add additional liability insurance through Uber. This coverage covers up to $50,000 per injury ($100,000 maximum) and $25,000 property damage.
If an Uber driver is actively working – meaning their app is on, but does not have any passengers and causes an accident their own personal insurance is used first, followed by the additional coverage offered by Uber if their own insurance does not cover all of the damages.
The Uber driver has their app on and is carrying a passenger
In this case, Uber provides coverage for up to $1,000,000 if their driver is at-fault and carrying a passenger.
As in the previous scenario, the Uber driver’s own insurance is used first and if it does not cover all the damages the Uber coverage will begin to cover the rest.
Can I sue Uber if I was injured?
In regards to the drivers of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, they are seen as “independent contractors.”
This means that in Uber and Lyft can deny liability for any crash that involves their drivers.
This doesn’t mean that you should give up in taking legal action, it means that if you were seriously injured in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver you need an experienced personal injury attorney. The team at Schiffman Firm can help – contact us for a free consultation of your case.
What happens if the Uber or Lyft driver is not at fault in an accident?
If you were riding in an Uber or Lyft and involved in an accident and the driver of the other vehicle is found to be at fault it would be up to their insurance to cover any damages.
In the event that their insurance cannot completely cover the damages, Uber has an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy of $1,000,000 that could apply to cover the remaining damages.
How are Uber and Lyft accidents caused?
The cause of an Uber or Lyft accident is no different than other automobile collisions, most occur due to:
- Distract driving
- Dangerous driving like speeding
- Inclement weather or hazards
- Defective automobiles
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What Do I Do If I Get Hurt in An Uber?
The first thing you should do is seek proper medical attention.
After the situation has calmed, contact a personal injury law firm like Schiffman Firm to go over your case and discuss the next steps.
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