As the popularity of ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft increases, so do the accidents involving them. If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident – either as a passenger, pedestrian, or someone in another vehicle – you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Since these types of accidents usually involve multiple parties, including the ridesharing company and their insurers, recovering compensation can be a complex process. Hiring a personal injury lawyer, though, can make the claims process a whole lot easier. At Fielding Law, we have handled many ridesharing accident cases and know what is needed to secure maximum compensation for our clients.
Schedule a free case review today. Our lawyers can review the details of your accident, offer legal advice, and help you determine whether you have a claim for compensation. Contact us at 877-880-4090, where someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When using a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft, passengers expect drivers to obey traffic laws and drive safely. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Many have sustained serious injuries due to the negligence of ridesharing drivers.
The following are some common causes of ridesharing accidents:
If you were harmed in a ridesharing accident, you may be unsure of who is responsible for your injuries. An experienced ridesharing accident lawyer with Fielding Law can investigate the cause of the accident and identify all liable parties.
One or more of the following parties may be found liable for a rideshare accident:
Ridesharing drivers for Uber and Lyft are classified as independent contractors, not actual employees. This means that each driver is required by the ridesharing company to hold his or her own personal car insurance policy and coverage. However, Lyft and Uber both provide supplemental insurance coverage.
Both ridesharing companies have similar insurance policies. The following is a breakdown of Uber’s coverage.
Rideshare companies will not cover your injuries if the Uber or Lyft driver was not logged into the app and officially working at the time of the accident. In this situation, an injured passenger would need to pursue compensation from the driver’s personal insurance company or his or her own.
If the accident occurred while the driver was logged into the app and waiting for a rideshare request, then you may be able to recover compensation under Uber or Lyft’s limited insurance policy.
This liability insurance policy may provide the following coverage:
If a driver causes an accident while logged into the app on an assigned trip, then Uber’s or Lyft’s full insurance coverage should go into effect. Both popular ridesharing companies hold $1 million dollar insurance policies that cover bodily injury, property damage, and wrongful death.
Keep in mind that the rideshare driver and his or her insurance company will be the first sources of potential compensation to pursue. Yet, Uber or Lyft’s insurance may provide supplemental coverage.
A sudden car accident injury may end up costing you more than you had ever imagined. Your injuries may affect you for the rest of your life. The settlement you receive after the accident could determine the quality of medical care you receive and your financial security going forward.
Insurance companies will often offer victims of car accidents a settlement that is much less than their claim is worth, or even deny payout altogether without a legitimate reason. When you have an experienced rideshare accident attorney on your side, however, you will have peace of mind knowing you’re not being taken advantage of by these large companies and their insurers. Our lawyers can stand up to them and work hard to negotiate a fair settlement for you and your family.
Many rideshare accident victims are unaware of what their claim is truly worth. This isn’t something you want the insurance company to decide for you. Their goal is to get you to settle for as low of an amount as possible. Our attorneys can work with medical experts who can help us understand your injuries and how they affect your life now and going forward. We can then use that information to help us calculate the value of your claim.
There might be more than one party responsible for the ridesharing accident – and they all may deny fault and liability. Nevertheless, the Fielding Law legal team will demand money from anyone who caused your injuries when we have taken on your case. While most claims involving a ridesharing vehicle are handled out of court, our law firm is prepared to take your case all the way to trial in court if necessary.
After taking on your case, the Fielding Law ridesharing accident lawyers will work diligently to pursue compensation for any losses you have suffered as a result of the accident.
This may include damages for:
If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, our law firm is here to help. Our personal injury attorneys understand the complex laws surrounding ridesharing accidents and the legal obligations of companies such as Uber and Lyft. If you’re entitled to financial compensation, our rideshare accident lawyers will do everything they can to maximize your payout.
At Fielding Law, we represent clients on contingency. This means you won’t owe us any upfront costs, and we will charge you nothing out-of-pocket. Our law firm only gets paid if your claim is successful and you are awarded a settlement.
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