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Ridesharing Accident Lawyer

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. 

Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents

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:

  • Distracted driving: Talking to passengers, texting, reading the GPS, and adjusting the sound system are just a few of the distracted driving practices that can result in a rideshare car accident.
  • Speeding: Some rideshare drivers speed to deliver their passengers to their destinations quickly so they can pick up their next customers and make more money per hour.
  • Driver fatigue: Uber and Lyft drivers often work long hours, sometimes working throughout the night. For some, being a rideshare driver is a side job after already working a full shift at another place of employment.
  • Scanning for passengers: A ridesharing driver isn’t always familiar with the areas he or she picks up passengers from. It’s easy to be distracted, looking for the right street, building, or passenger. This can result in slow driving, sudden stops, and accidents.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance: When ridesharing drivers fail to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles, they can become serious hazards on the road. Vehicle malfunctions such as tire blowouts and faulty brakes have caused severe accidents and injuries.
  • Drunk while under the influence: While many people use a ridesharing service to prevent drinking and driving, sadly, there are cases where rideshare drivers are intoxicated while on the job. Drugs and alcohol can seriously impair a person’s reaction time, judgment, coordination, and other crucial driving skills. 

Who is Liable for a Rideshare Accident?

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:

  • Rideshare drivers
  • Ridesharing companies
  • Bus drivers
  • Motorcyclists
  • Pedestrians
  • Other motorists
  • Transit companies
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturers of defective products

How to Recover Compensation After 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. 

The Uber driver wasn’t logged into the rideshare app

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. 

The rideshare driver was logged into the app and waiting for a ride request

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:

  • Bodily injury – $50,000 per person 
  • Bodily injury – $100,000 per accident
  • Property damage – $25,000 per accident

The rideshare app is on and a passenger is in the vehicle

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. 

Why Hire an Attorney After a Rideshare Accident

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. 

Damages Available After Your Rideshare Accident

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:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Wrongful death

Contact a Rideshare Accident Lawyer Today

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.

Contact the law firm with a reputation for excellence and a track record of success. Call us 24/7, fill out the online form, or start a live chat to schedule a free case evaluation.