The prevalence of rideshare applications like Uber and Lyft means that quite a bit of the personal vehicles on the road are actually working. But while most people are familiar with the rideshare process, both as drivers and riders, not many know what to do in the event of a rideshare car accident. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident while riding in a Uber or Lyft speak with our rideshare accident attorneys today.
Rideshares are unique and are not subject to the same rules and regulations as taxi or car service companies. As a result, the situation following a collision can quickly become complicated. There are often four insurance companies involved in a rideshare accident: the rideshare driver’s insurance, the other driver’s insurance, the rideshare company’s insurance, and the rider’s insurance.
Following a rideshare accident you are probably feeling physically unwell and mentally burdened. It can be difficult to know how to handle insurance companies (both yours and the other driver’s) or how much your accident will be worth in the end. Speaking with a rideshare accident attorney could help you get the greatest financial recovery available.
How Can A Rideshare Accident Attorney Help with Accident Injuries?
A lot of victims wind up forgoing quality healthcare because they are unsure if they will ultimately be able to afford it. The entire process is difficult and confusing, which is why you deserve to have expert representation. If you have not already, contact us today about representation.
We can handle the logistical and legal burdens of your case which will free you up to heal.
Steps We Will Take With Your Rideshare Accident Case:
Every case is different, but there are some key steps that we take with almost every rideshare accident client. Understanding the steps we will take as your attorney is a good way to get more comfortable with the entire personal injury process.
Determine Liability. Our first step will be to determine who was behaving negligently and ultimately, who caused your accident. In many cases, liability can be shared but that does not mean that you must forgo damages. Our first step in every case will be determining exactly where the blame lies.
Both Uber and Lyft divide a rideshare driver’s experience into time periods, and insurance coverage changes based on those time periods.
No Period. This is when the rideshare driver is not logged into the rideshare app and is not working. During this time, the rideshare vehicle is considered a personal vehicle and any accident that occurs under these conditions will be the responsibility of the driver’s personal insurance.
Period 1. This is when the rideshare driver is logged into the app and is waiting for a fair. If an accident occurs during this time, insurance will cover up to $50,000 per person, $100,000 for an accident involving bodily injury, and $25,000 for property damage.
Period 2. This is when a rideshare driver has accepted a fair, and is en route to picking up the rider. Liability coverage climbs to $1 million during this time period.
Period 3. This is when a driver has a rider in the car. If an accident occurs during this time period, Uber and Lyft offer $1 million in liability.
Note: Considerations will also be made for a rideshare driver’s own collision coverage.
Determine Damages. Based on the specifics of your accident, you may be entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost wages, lost property, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. We will help you to determine which damages you should seek.
File a Claim With Insurance. Insurance companies are not on your side. We will handle 100% of the communication with insurance companies. We are very experienced with their antics and will push them to pay you what you deserve and nothing less.
Help You Get back on Your Feet. If you need a temporary vehicle, we will arrange it for you. If you need medical care, we can set you up with high quality healthcare providers. It is important to us that you get back to normal life as quickly as possible, and so we take on the burden of that ourselves.
Legal Tip. Never take the first settlement offered from an insurance company. They are trained and instructed to pay victims less than they deserve. If you have already been offered a settlement, call us to discuss it.
Free To Get Your Case Started. We accept accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there will be no cost to you unless we recover an accident settlement on your behalf. Our Accident Attorneys at Chris and Frank Accident Attorneys will aggressively fight for you until justice is served, whether it is through an accident settlement or a trial. Our dedicated and caring team of attorneys will be available to you 24/7.
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Sometimes, you can do everything right and still wind up in a accident. But regardless of what caused an accident or personal injury our legal team is here to help you make it right again. We are here to support you.