Uber and Lyft Accidents Attorney
Injured in a Rideshare Accident? We Can Help!
Ridesharing vehicles can sometimes be more dangerous because the drivers use their phones or vehicle navigation systems to get you from point A to point B. Unfortunately, a driver’s divided attention can result in an auto accident, sometimes causing debilitating or deadly injuries. Handling a car accident with a rideshare vehicle is very different than a normal auto accident, and should always be handled by a legal professional who knows how to properly defend your rights.
At Marquard & Associates, our attorneys have the legal skills and applicable experience necessary to help you through your car accident. Most rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, do not consider their drivers employees. Instead, they view drivers as independent contractors, which can make the legal process difficult when you need to file insurance claims and seek reparation for damages. We can help clients navigate these frustrating complexities and will evaluate all available legal options to find the best course of action.
Understanding the Ridesharing Company’s Policies
While ridesharing companies will have insurance to cover damages during accidents, they often have gaps in coverage, making it difficult to pin legal responsibility on the company. As mentioned above, Uber and Lyft, 2 of the most popular ridesharing companies, do not consider their drivers employees. Each driver is only required to have personal auto insurance, a valid driver’s license, and a few other things, in order to gain employment. With these somewhat low standards, it’s highly likely that some of the drivers are untrained, unqualified, and potentially dangerous.
Both Uber and Lyft carry $1 million in liability coverage for accidents, though coverage is only provided at particular times. For Uber, the driver is only covered by their company policy when the app is on and the driver is marked “available”, and the driver is currently on an Uber trip and carrying a passenger. In some situations the company’s insurance and the driver’s insurance will cover the accident, and in others only one will effectively offer coverage, or neither will. Our attorneys can investigate the company and individual driver policies to discover which can offer you coverage after an injury.
Seek Compensation for Your Uber or Lyft Accident
If you were in an accident while accepting a ride from a rideshare service, we want to help. When you suffer an injury because of another individual or company’s negligence, you may be able to seek reparation for medical costs, loss of wages, and any pain and suffering.
At Marquard & Associates, we look out for the interests of our clients, using our ample resources to investigate your case and develop a solid plan of action. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience providing competent legal help to those in need. If you believe you may have a personal injury case, we encourage you to reach out to our firm.
Contact Marquard & Associates today for a free case consultation.