Rideshare Accident

At TopDog Law, we understand the overwhelming emotions that you can experience after an accident caused by a rideshare driver. 

Whether you were a passenger, a fellow motorist, a pedestrian, or a cyclist, you may grapple with physical injuries, emotional trauma, mounting medical bills, and a sense of injustice. It’s a time when you need support, guidance, and a legal ally who will relentlessly fight for your rights.

When your life takes an unexpected turn due to a rideshare accident, trust TopDog Law’s dedicated Pennsylvania rideshare accident lawyers.

Our experienced team has a proven track record of securing millions of dollars in compensation for injured victims. We understand the unique complexities of rideshare accidents and will be with you every step of the way.

Don’t face this challenging journey alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your path toward justice and recovery. Your healing process begins with a single step – reaching out to TopDog Law, your trusted advocate in Pennsylvania rideshare accident cases.

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Your Guide to Pennsylvania Rideshare Accidents

James Helm, Personal Injury Lawyer

Why You Need TopDog Law’s Pennsylvania Rideshare Accident Lawyers After a Rideshare Accident

You may feel confusion and a sense of hopelessness after suffering an injury in a rideshare accident. You should focus on your physical recovery and let TopDog Law protect your rights during a legal claim.

We will guide you through the complex insurance process. We will start by reviewing the rideshare policy, communicating with the insurance company, and leading an independent investigation.

Our personal injury lawyers in Pennsylvania will review your injury claim and pursue top dollar for your losses. We will negotiate with opposing counsel and reach an equitable agreement.

If that is not possible, we will seek an official lawsuit and prepare your case for trial. Having legal representation will be a game changer in your rideshare accident claim and will ensure that your rights are protected. TopDog Law is here to guide you and get you the compensation you deserve.

What Causes Rideshare Accidents?

Rideshare accidents occur for many of the same reasons that regular car crashes do. When rideshare drivers cause them, however, it may be possible for victims to recover from the rideshare company they were driving for.

Some of the more common causes of rideshare accidents that typically entitle victims to compensation include:

  • Distracted Driving – One of the leading causes of rideshare accidents is distracted driving. Rideshare drivers often rely on GPS navigation and mobile apps to find and pick up passengers, leading to distractions that can result in collisions.
  • Driver Fatigue – Many rideshare drivers work long hours to maximize their earnings, which can lead to fatigue and impaired judgment. Fatigued drivers are more prone to making mistakes and causing accidents.
  • Inadequate Training – Rideshare drivers may not receive the same level of training as professional taxi drivers. This lack of training can lead to poor decision-making in challenging traffic situations.
  • Traffic Congestion – Rideshare services are most popular in urban areas with heavy traffic. Congested roads increase the likelihood of accidents, as drivers may become impatient or engage in risky behavior to reach their destinations more quickly.
  • Driver Intoxication – Rideshare drivers may consume alcohol or drugs, leading to impaired judgment and an increased risk of accidents.
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance – Rideshare drivers often use their personal vehicles for business purposes. Inadequate maintenance can lead to mechanical failures.

In many cases, a significant investigation must determine the exact cause of a rideshare accident. For this reason, victims must consult an attorney after any accident. A lawyer will fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine who you can hold liable.

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Who is Liable for Rideshare Accidents?

Many different parties can be liable for an accident involving a rideshare vehicle. When it comes to liability, rideshare accidents operate just like other accidents; in general, the at-fault party will be liable for victims’ losses.

Some examples of parties that can be liable for a rideshare accident include:

  • Other drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • The government agency responsible for road maintenance
  • The rideshare driver

As mentioned above, when the rideshare driver is at fault, it may be possible for victims to recover compensation from the rideshare company they were working for. Uber and Lyft have almost identical policies regarding when their insurance will cover the negligence of their drivers. It all depends on what the driver did at the time of the accident.

For both Uber and Lyft:

  • If the driver did not have the app on when the accident occurred, neither company provides coverage, and victims will need to make any claims against the driver’s personal policy.
  • If the driver had the app on and was waiting for a ride, the rideshare company provides supplementary coverage. This means that if their driver causes an accident, their insurance will kick in if the driver’s insurance does not apply.
  • If the driver was on their way to pick up a passenger or actively providing a ride, the rideshare company provides primary coverage in the amount of $1,000,000.
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Steps You Should Take Following an Accident 

The insurance companies and opposing counsel will fight to ensure they do not have to pay you for your losses. That means you must take steps even while physically recovering from your injuries.

The first and most important thing is to seek medical attention and follow your treatment plan. This will help establish a link between the accident and your injuries. It also shows the insurance company you need medical care and are not exaggerating your injuries.

Other helpful steps to take include:

  • Stay off social media until your case resolves so the insurance company and their attorneys cannot use anything against you. They will be watching, so you should not give them anything to use. 
  • Inform the insurance and rideshare company about the accident through your Pennsylvania rideshare accident attorney. We will handle communications moving forward. 
  • Take meticulous notes in a notebook about your injuries, treatment, progress, and daily challenges you encounter. That can help estimate your future care and losses. 
  • Start a case file with all of your accident documents and receipts. Gather whatever you have and store it here. You will want to provide copies and continue to have this file with you throughout the claims process.

Talk to a Pennsylvania Rideshare Accident Lawyer Today

If you suffered injuries in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, contact TopDog Law so we can assess the viability of your case. Our rideshare accident lawyers in Pennsylvania are ready and available. Contact us online or call our office today at (214) 544-3707 for your free consultation.

James Helm

TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers – Pennsylvania Office

Address: 434 W Olney Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Phone: (214) 544-3707

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