We love Uber and Lyft. These rideshare companies have made getting a taxi efficient and affordable. These rideshare services are particularly useful in cities and when you are traveling. Despite the convenience, this arrangement causes some complications from a legal perspective.
The skilled & knowledgeable Uber & Lyft accident lawyers at TopDog Law can anticipate the arguments that these rideshare services will make to avoid responsibility. Specifically, Uber & Lyft often claim the services are not responsible because your Uber driver’s insurance policy does not cover “driving for profit”. In hiring a lawyer to handle your Uber & Lyft accident, be sure to hire a firm that understands how to win these cases. CALL (800) 215-7211 to share your story or contact us.
There are numerous scenarios where Uber & Lyft can be held legally responsible for an accident. In addition to having a claim against Uber or Lyft if you are a paying passenger, the Uber or Lyft driver may also have a claim against the service. In addition, any other driver injured by an Uber driver’s negligence could file a suit against the company. Finally, courts have held that Uber can be responsible for injuring pedestrians whether or not the driver was carrying a passenger at the time.
You are Injured as a Passenger Riding in an Uber or Lyft
The short answer is that if you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you can recover up to $1 million for any injuries suffered in the accident regardless of whether the Uber driver or the other driver was to blame for the accident. This is because Uber and Lyft passengers are entitled to up to $1 million in underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage.
You are Injured While Driving for Uber or Lyft
Legally, your ability to recover for your accident depends if you are online and have accepted a fare, online and are awaiting fare, or offline. If you have accepted a fare, the $1 million in underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage is available. If you are online and awaiting fare when the accident takes place, you are subject to Uber & Lyft’s insurance liability coverage policy of 50/100. This means that the driver has liability limits of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident. Finally, if you are offline, you are covered by your own auto insurance policy – not Uber or Lyft’s policy.
Your Car is Hit by an Uber or Lyft Driver
This scenario also depends on whether the driver is online or offline. Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if the driver had accepted or was awaiting fare. If you see an Uber or Lyft sticker on the vehicle, just be sure to copy their corporate rideshare information in addition to their personal auto insurance policy information after the accident.
You are Involved in an Accident While Walking to an Uber or Struck by an Uber
Previously, Uber tried to completely avoid liability in this scenario. In December 2013, an Uber driver killed a 6-year-old girl properly crossing the street with her family. Uber made the argument that because the driver did not have a passenger at the time of the accident, the company was not responsible. Uber has since changed its policy.
One dangerous situation that often comes up is when Uber or Lyft drivers park illegally to wait for their fare. If you are injured while crossing the street to get to your Uber or Lyft, you may have a claim for your injuries.
The short answer is nothing. Our Uber & Lyft accident lawyers work on a contingency basis meaning they do not get paid unless you get paid. We also cover all the up-front costs for expenses like experts who we will use to testify on your behalf. Therefore, we have every incentive to ensure that we win and get you the most compensation possible for your injury. CALL (800) 215-7211 and tell us your story today.