Williston Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
Providing Personalized Guidance & Dedicated Advocacy
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.
We want to hear your story; give us a call at
(701) 732-9005 or submit an
online contact form to request a free and confidential consultation, absolutely no pressure.
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.
Request a Free Consultation Today
Our team is ready to listen to you and hear your story. We offer completely
free consultations with no obligation whatsoever. We also provide our
legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us a
dime unless we recover compensation on your behalf. We can even travel
to meet you if your injuries prevent you from coming into our office.
To speak to one of our Williston Uber and Lyft accident attorneys about
your case, give us a call at
(701) 732-9005 or
contact us online today.