If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, you may wonder if suing Uber or Lyft is an option. Letting the insurance companies fight about compensation is usually a more efficient option than filing suit against the rideshare company directly. A rideshare attorney can help you navigate this process.
You can recover damages for accident-related expenses if you are injured in a rideshare accident. In an Uber or Lyft accident, there will likely be at least three insurance companies involved: the rideshare’s insurer, the driver’s private insurer, and the insurer of other involved drivers. A claim will be filed with the insurance companies and settlement negotiations will begin if liability is established.
Keep a record of everything including accident details, license, and insurance information for all drivers involved, and any expenses incurred because of your injury. To recover damages, you need documentation of things like medical bills and lost wages.
Rideshare drivers are independent contractors. Uber and Lyft limit their liability by not directly employing drivers. While Uber and Lyft may not be responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation under the rideshare company’s insurance policy.
The amount you can recover depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident and the limits of the driver’s insurance policy.
Because of the complex insurance issues at stake, it is advisable to engage an experienced rideshare accident attorney as soon as possible to advocate for your right to compensation. Give us a call today to see if you have a case.