Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft offer a relatively new method of transportation that is making it easier and less expensive.
Accidents involving ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft differ from other accidents. This is because in those cases, drivers are not considered employees of the ridesharing company. Rather, they are independent contractors. This creates difficulty when determining liability, and may give ridesharing companies the ability to easily deny an injury claim.
A majority of Uber and Lyft drivers are regular people who are required to have a standard driver’s license and personal insurance. Most drivers have no training in specific ride-sharing transportation skills. Additionally, ridesharing services require drivers to constantly use and check their phones, which creates the additional risk of distracted driving. Dozens of Uber and Lyft accidents have been traced back to distracted driving, texting and other forms of driver negligence.
Both Lyft and Uber have a $1 million insurance policy that offers liability protection to passengers as long as they are actively signed in to their apps when the incident occurs. If you are a third party, such as a pedestrian, motorcyclist or other motorist, who is injured by an at-fault ridesharing driver, you can also file a claim under the Uber or Lyft insurance policies. Issues with drivers and insurance coverage can greatly complicate cases involving Uber and Lyft accidents. It is essential to work with experienced auto accident attorneys.
Contact Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need the legal assistance of an experienced Uber accident lawyer to help you make a successful claim. At Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, we help Uber accident victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. Call us at 1-877-415-6566 or email us at [email protected].