Rideshare platforms like Uber and Lyft have grown in popularity in recent years. Unfortunately, Lyft and Uber drivers do not have any special or additional training or qualifications. They hold the same driver’s license like everyone else in passenger vehicles on Texas roads, and are just as susceptible to causing accidents or being the victim of negligent drivers. You could be in an accident while driving an Uber, or while riding as a passenger. You also could be hurt in an Uber car crash while in your own vehicle.
Whether you were in a rideshare vehicle or another car at the time of the crash, you should speak with our Uber accident attorneys about your rights and options. If another person was responsible for your injuries, then you may have the right to pursue compensation. Following most car crashes, you look for an insurance settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Uber accidents may be a little different – and more complicated. You might file a claim against the Uber driver’s personal policy, Uber’s liability insurance coverage, or both.
For guidance in navigating the insurance claim process or litigation after a Lyft or Uber crash, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers. To schedule a free consultation of your case, call us today at 817-294-1900.
We Have Experience Handling Uber and Lyft Accidents
We have experience handling a wide array of accident cases. Some of the most common causes of Uber and Lyft car accidents include:
- Distracted motorists
- Drowsy drivers
- Not obeying traffic signals and signs
- Not yielding to the right of way
- Following too closely
- Weaving between lanes
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failing to check behind the vehicle while backing up
- Impaired drivers
- Inadequately maintained vehicles
- Vehicle defects
- Road defects
- Work Zones
- Hazardous weather conditions
INJURED VICTIM OF UBER ACCIDENT AWARDED $94,500
Uber Liability Insurance
If incurred injuries in an Uber accident and the Uber driver is to blame, then you may be able to file a claim against Uber’s insurance.
Uber has various insurance policies that apply at different times and under certain circumstances. Before pursuing an accident claim, you should speak with an Uber attorney about the policy that may cover your injuries and/or property damage.
When a driver is not driving for Uber at the time of the crash, you must file a claim against the driver’s personal auto insurance policy. When a driver is waiting for a request, Uber offers third-party liability coverage up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injuries, and $25,000 per accident for property damage. From the time the driver has accepted a ride request until the trip concludes, Uber offers third-party liability coverage up to $1 million. The company also offers uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage for drivers and passengers under certain circumstances. Also, Uber has contingent collision and comprehensive coverage that can help drivers repair or replace their vehicle if they also carry a personal collision or comprehensive policy.
Lyft has similar auto insurance policies to Uber, though the coverage is not the same. If the driver in the rideshare vehicle was working for Lyft at the time, then you need to talk with a Lyft accident lawyer about pursuing compensation under Lyft’s relevant auto insurance policy.
Were You an Uber Car Accident Passenger?
If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft when it was involved in a crash, you should not assume you will file a claim against Uber or Lyft’s insurance. You need to determine who was at fault for the crash. If another driver (other than those working for Uber and Lyft) was responsible, then filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s auto policy may take precedence. You also may be able to pursue compensation through Uber or Lyft’s insurance, but it depends on your specific circumstances. To learn who was responsible for the crash and which insurance policy is liable, call an Uber accident attorney from Anderson Injury Lawyers today.
Were You Injured in an Accident with an Uber or Lyft Driver?
When a rideshare driver causes an accident, then their own personal policy and the rideshare company’s insurance may cover your injuries. Whether you were a passenger in a Lyft or Uber, or you were in another vehicle, you should speak with a lawyer about handling both insurance claims.
Were You a Lyft or Uber Driver Hurt in an Accident?
If you were driving for a rideshare company at the time of the crash, and another driver was responsible for the collision, you should work with a lawyer to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to pursue benefits through Uber or Lyft’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage or their contingent collision or comprehensive coverage.
Uber Accident Lawsuits
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we often receive calls from Uber accident victims who wish to file a lawsuit against Uber. This is because Uber, the business, is rarely directly responsible for a crash. If there was evidence that the business’s actions lead to the accident and your injuries, then you may have the right to sue Uber.
Additionally, Uber drivers are not employees. When workers who are employed by a business cause someone harm while on the clock, that business is usually liable for their employees’ actions. However, since Uber drivers are independent contractors, the same legal principle does not apply to Uber. You typically cannot hold Uber responsible for Uber driver accidents.
For these reasons and others, it is important to talk with an attorney as soon as possible after a Lyft or Uber accident. Immediately filing a lawsuit against the rideshare company may be a waste of time and get you no closer to a settlement or court ruling in your favor.
Compensation After a Lyft or Uber Accident
If you incurred injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident and you were not responsible, then you should speak with our Uber accident attorneys regarding your right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver, Lyft, or Uber fair compensation for your:
- Medical Costs
- Lost Wages
- Physical Pain
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Capacity
Whatever the type and extent of your injuries, we will work closely with you and your medical providers to prove to an insurer or the court how you have suffered. While your medical expenses and lost wages can be proven with documentation, we need to take additional steps to demonstrate the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish you have experienced.
Contact a Fort Worth Uber Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a car crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver who was working at the time of the accident, then you need to work with a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling Uber and Lyft car accidents. Our team at Anderson Injury Lawyers have handled many Lyft and Uber accident claims in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our attorneys have decades of experience and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims like you.