Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
Representing Rideshare Accident Victims Across the U.S.
Ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, have become the most popular form of ride-hailing service in the U.S., outpacing taxis in major cities and suburban areas from coast to coast. But what happens if you are in an accident with an Uber or Lyft? Who is legally liable for your injuries and the resulting medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering? The answer is, it depends. The circumstances of the accident will play a big role in what comes next.
If you were involved in an accident with a ridesharing vehicle, we encourage you to reach out to our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys. At Lowe Law Firm, we represent victims of ridesharing accidents nationwide. Each state has slightly different rules regarding these types of accidents; our attorneys are incredibly well-versed in the applicable laws in your area, as well as how to advocate for the maximum compensation you need and deserve. We understand that being involved in any accident can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming, which is why we are committed to removing the burden of filing a claim from your shoulders.
Can I Sue Uber or Lyft After an Accident?
Both Uber and Lyft have several protections in place that limit their liability in the event of an accident. Namely, drivers for both ridesharing companies are classified as independent contractors, not employees. This means that, legally, neither Uber nor Lyft is liable for the actions of their drivers.
However, that being said, both companies offer insurance coverage in the event of an accident. While you may not be able to sue Uber or Lyft directly, you may be able to file a claim under this coverage. It’s important to note that, in most cases, you will need to file a claim against the Uber or Lyft driver’s own insurance company first. Only after this claim is denied or after coverage limits are exceeded can you seek compensation through Uber or Lyft’s insurance policies.
Additionally, the circumstances of the accident are critical when it comes to the amount of compensation you could receive from Uber or Lyft. Both companies recognize three separate driving periods, each of which comes with different coverage.
These three driving periods are:
- Period One: The driver does not have the app turned on – If the driver doesn’t have the app switched on, they are not considered to be working for their ridesharing company and, therefore, neither Uber nor Lyft offers any coverage during this driving period. If you are hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who doesn’t have the app turned on, you can still seek compensation for your damages by filing a normal car accident claim.
- Period Two: The driver has the app turned on but hasn’t accepted a ride – When the driver has the app switched on and is actively looking for a ride but hasn’t accepted one yet, Uber and Lyft offer specific coverage limits in the event of an accident. These limits vary somewhat from state to state, and state laws may also dictate how and when this coverage comes into play.
- Period Three: The driver has the app turned on and has accepted a ride – When the driver has the app switched on, has accepted a ride, and is either on the way to pick up the passenger or has the passenger in the vehicle, both Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in bodily injury, death, and property damage coverage.
So, if you were the passenger of an Uber that got into an accident, you are eligible to seek compensation under that $1 million policy. If you were the driver of another vehicle that was hit by a Lyft driver who had the app turned on but hadn’t accepted a ride at the time of the collision, you could still recover compensation through Lyft’s insurance coverage if you can prove that you were not at fault for the accident, were less than 50% at fault for the accident, or that the Lyft driver had some percentage of blame, depending on where you live and the applicable state laws.
Why Do I Need an Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney?
Uber and Lyft accident cases are not like regular car accident claims. In fact, these cases tend to be very complex, and there are many nuances involved in establishing liability. It’s important that we establish liability, as your personal injury claim will almost certainly depend on proving who is legally responsible for your damages.
At Lowe Law Firm, our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys serve clients nationwide. We have a large team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys, paralegals, accident reconstructionists, medical specialists, and expert witnesses who all work together to investigate your claim, find supporting evidence, evaluate your injuries and damages, and build a powerful case aimed at securing the maximum compensation you are owed. We know that personal injury law can be confusing and the process of filing a claim may be extremely stressful when you’re dealing with your injuries, taking time off work, and recovering. Our goal is to ease your stress by navigating the process on your behalf, working to secure a fair recovery for you while you focus on healing. Throughout the process, we are always available, 24/7, to assist you. Our team is large and experienced, but we prioritize client satisfaction above all else. Your Uber or Lyft accident lawyer will provide consistent communication and updates on your case’s progress every step of the way.
We Want to Hear Your Story
The first step toward recovery is reaching out to an experienced and compassionate attorney who is ready to hear your story and inform you of your legal rights and options. We invite you to get in touch with Lowe Law Firm today to learn more, including how we can help. We want to hear your story, and there is absolutely no pressure when you speak to our team about your case.
We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no attorneys’ fees unless/until we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay—it’s that simple. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more.
Call our office at (801) 900-4681 for a free consultation. We can travel to you if needed.
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