About Uber & Lyft Accidents
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Whether you’re a rideshare passenger, a rideshare driver, or you were involved in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, you have the right to make a claim for your injuries. Because the rideshare industry is still so new, insurance companies and courts are working to catch up to it. Many companies don’t have policies designed for rideshare drivers’ needs, and the liability of these accidents can become complicated quickly.
What is a Rideshare Company?
These companies, such as Uber and Lyft, contract with freelance drivers to offer transportation services to passengers, connecting drivers and passengers through a smartphone app. Often, these services are convenient and inexpensive, making them highly popular. While simple, these services can raise serious concerns about how they operate, how drivers are screened, and how customers are protected in the event of an accident.
Rideshare companies typically involve three elements:
- A smartphone is used to request a ride, set a pickup and drop off location, and to process payment for the ride.
- A GPS device to guide drivers and for the app to use to track the route and calculate the cost of the ride.
- A social media platform that allows users to rate drivers and share reviews.
Rideshare Vehicles & Insurance
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle—either as a passenger, driver, or the driver of another vehicle—it is critical that you first seek medical attention. After you have done so, you can be concerned with insurance policies and liability.
Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million injury policies to protect those injured in accidents with Uber or Lyft vehicles, but there are some restrictions that can make it difficult to receive the compensation you deserve. Because the ridesharing service is the one whose policy should be in effect, you should still be able to claim compensation, regardless of whether the rideshare driver was injured.
Rideshare company insurance policies are intended to cover injuries sustained by:
- Rideshare drivers
- Rideshare passengers
- Those injured in an accident where the rideshare driver is at fault, including pedestrians
What Should I Do If I’ve Been in an Accident Involving an Uber or Lyft Car?
If you’ve been in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle—no matter how minor—you need to seek medical attention and ensure that your injuries are appropriately diagnosed and treated. After you have been released by your doctor, you should contact an experienced Tulsa auto accident lawyer. Because these cases are often quite unique, you will need an attorney who is well-versed in these types of cases and understand the complex liability that often comes with these accidents.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we’re ready to take the stress out of your accident claim. Let our talented and experienced lawyers address your concerns, investigate your accident, and fight for your best interests, every step of the way. We’re here to answer your call, day or night.
Contact our firm today by calling (918) 721-0998. Let’s discuss your case with a free initial consultation.