Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft operate in hundreds of cities across the country, offering riders convenient, affordable, and even luxury on-demand transportation options.
Though ridesharing services have grown in popularity in recent years, in many ways, the law has yet to catch up with the change in transportation options. As a result, accident cases involving Uber and Lyft vehicles tend to be more complex than the typical car crash case. Fortunately, evidence—and an experienced car accident attorney—can help victims protect their rights.
After a ridesharing crash—regardless of whether it involves an Uber or Lyft passenger or the driver of another involved vehicle—taking the following steps can help accident victims build a strong personal injury case:
- Write down the names, contact information, and insurance information of all the drivers involved in the accident, including the ridesharing driver.
- Get names and contact information—including phone numbers and email addresses—from everyone who witnessed the collision.
- Photograph all the vehicles involved in the accident, paying specific attention to their positions and any noticeable damage sustained in the crash.
- Take photos of the accident scene, noting any relevant road or weather conditions.
- Photograph any injuries you sustained.
- Contact law enforcement and file an official accident report; request a copy of the report for your records.
- Screenshot and print your Uber or Lyft ride receipt.
- Seek immediate medical attention—even if your injuries do not appear serious at first. Follow the doctor's instructions and follow up with your primary care doctor as advised.
- Protect your rights; consult an experienced personal injury lawyer.
What to Know About Insurance Coverage in a Ridesharing Accident
When a ridesharing driver is engaged in transporting a passenger, or the driver is on his or her way for a pick-up, or the driver is merely logged onto the rideshare app, different levels of insurance coverage is required to be made available if the rideshare driver is responsible for an accident causing injuries to a passenger or to others. The State of California requires the rideshare company to provide the following insurance coverages:
Logged in but not yet accepted a rideshare request - $50,000/$100,000 for personal injuries or wrongful death and $30,000 for property damage
Accepted a rideshare request until completion of that request - $1,000,000 per incident and $1,000,000 in uninsured motorist coverage during the time the passenger is in the vehicle.
Do You Need a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were hurt in a ridesharing accident, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and other damages. However, while Uber or Lyft may pay a portion of accident victims' medical expenses if their driver was responsible, if another driver was fully or partially responsible, then fingers will be pointed at others to pay for a passenger’s damages. The seasoned personal injury attorneys with the Inland Empire Law Group can help you navigate this complex legal landscape to pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.