Many people have come to our law firm with questions after being injured by Uber or Lyft drivers. When you’ve been injured in a rideshare vehicle, the claims process is more complicated than a typical car crash claim.
In this post, we’ll provide some general information about what to do if you were in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver. However, we highly recommend that you call our rideshare injury lawyers for specific help. It’s always free to speak with our lawyers for an initial consultation.
Suppose you are in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Understandably, you may want to know who will pay for your injuries. It entirely depends upon who was at fault in the collision.
Here are a couple of possibilities:
It’s important to know who’s at fault, because that’s the party you will ultimately pursue for compensation.
If you’ve been injured by an Uber or Lyft driver, the good news is that there are insurance policies in place to cover your medical costs.
Depending on the circumstances, different insurance policies may come into play. Let’s consider some of them.
Uber/Lyft Insurance Policy
Uber and Lyft drivers maintain insurance coverage up to $1,000,000. If they caused the collision while on duty, you will be covered under this policy.
The Driver’s Personal Insurance Policy
Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. When they are not on duty, they are not acting on behalf of Uber of Lyft. If a driver causes a collision while not on duty, their personal insurance policy applies.
Another Driver’s Insurance Policy
If the crash was the fault of another driver (even partially), their insurance policy may come into play.
Your Insurance Policy
Finally, your own insurance policy may step in and cover your damages and injuries.
One thing many people may not realize is that sometimes a victim can file claims against more than one policy. A qualified personal injury attorney can determine which policies apply to your situation to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Many of the things you should do after a crash in an Uber or Lyft vehicle are the things you should do after a crash in any vehicle.
Here’s what we recommend:
Call us anytime you were injured in a car crash where you believe the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault. These claims are often more complicated than traditional car crash claims. Also, you should know that rideshare companies will have legal representation. You should, too.
Just because Uber and Lyft drivers carry insurance does not mean that their policy will pay you fairly for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. An experienced rideshare accident attorney can work to negotiate fair compensation on your behalf.
It’s OK to reach out to us at any point in the process, but the sooner the better. In fact, if you call us before reporting the incident to Uber or Lyft, we can make sure your legal rights are protected from the start. As we mentioned earlier, there’s no cost for an initial consultation. In fact, we only charge a fee if we win you a settlement. Reach out to us today.