Williston Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
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Being involved in any motor vehicle accident is a frightening experience. When one of the vehicles involved in the accident is a ridesharing vehicle, such an Uber of Lyft car, you might be feeling even more confused about your legal rights and options—and rightfully so! Generally speaking, ridesharing accident claims are more complex than typical car accident cases. The exact circumstances of the accident will play a large role in what type of insurance coverage applies and whether you will be able to seek compensation for your damages through the at-fault driver’s private auto insurance or through Uber or Lyft’s coverage plans.
At Lowe Law Firm, we are well-versed in the many complexities and nuances of Uber and Lyft accident claims in North Dakota. We can help you understand your rights and can handle all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can simply focus on healing and getting the critical medical treatment you need.
Can I Sue Uber or Lyft After an Accident?
If you are injured in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, you probably want to know if you can sue Uber or Lyft directly for your damages. That’s understandable but, unfortunately, the answer is not so simple. Technically speaking, Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors. This frees both ridesharing companies from a great deal of liability when it comes to their drivers.
However, that being said, both Uber and Lyft offer certain insurance coverage in the event of an accident. This coverage is available in different amounts depending on the circumstances of the accident, including whether the driver had the app turned on, was looking for a ride, or had accepted a ride. Typically, this coverage only kicks in once the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage has been exhausted or when a claim against their private auto insurance provider is denied. These claims are commonly denied, as most private auto insurance policies do not cover damages incurred when the insured is driving in a commercial capacity.
You may be able to file a claim under Uber or Lyft’s insurance coverage if:
- You were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle that was involved in an accident caused by the driver of the vehicle
- You were the driver or a passenger in another vehicle that was hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who had their app turned on and was looking for a passenger
- You were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who was actively carrying a passenger at the time of the accident
- You were a pedestrian or bicyclist who was hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who had the app turned on at the time of the collision
It’s important to note that, while Uber and Lyft both provide coverage for their drivers while they are actively looking for or carrying a passenger (with the app turned on), neither ridesharing company provides any coverage when the driver has the app turned off. If you are hit by an Uber or Lyft driver who didn’t have the app switched on, you can still seek compensation for your damages by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s private auto insurance provider or with your own insurance company.
What Damages Are Available in Uber & Lyft Accident Cases?
Like any other type of car accident, collisions with ridesharing vehicles can lead to serious injuries and significant financial and emotional losses. When filing a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for any losses arising from the accident.
Damages in an Uber or Lyft accident claim may include costs associated with:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing medical care
- Pharmaceutical medications
- Pain management programs
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Medical equipment (wheelchairs, etc.)
- Modifications to the home
- Counseling services (for treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Lost wages/income
- Lost future earnings, also known as lost/reduced earning capacity
Damages can also include non-economic losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life quality
- Loss of consortium
Our Williston Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can investigate the cause of your accident, as well as the full nature of your damages. From there, we are able to build a powerful case in support of the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
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