Services like Lyft and Uber have transformed the way people get from one place to another. These ridesharing services can provide a safe ride home from clubs and bars, and are economical ways to get to work or school if you are temporarily without your own vehicle. But rideshare drivers are also human, and having an accident while using a Lyft or Uber is a possibility. If this happens to you, you will want to speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. This type of accident present unique legal questions and in order for you to fully recover you will want to partner with an attorney who has handled this type of case before.
Holding your Uber driver responsible for an accident depends on the facts of your case. For example:
- Do you look to the driver itself for payment of your damages? While rideshare providers have certain requirements of drivers, drivers may be independent contractors and not employees. This can make it difficult to determine which party to pursue.
- Does the rideshare driver have a special insurance policy you have to make a claim on, or do you demand compensation from the driver personally?
- Was the accident the driver’s fault, or was another driver responsible? Being in an accident while taking a rideshare does not automatically give you the right to sue the rideshare driver or the company. Liability still has to be determined and if the accident was not caused by your driver, you should consider pursing the negligent driver.
Once your attorney gathers the facts and identifies the liable party, a timely claim must be made. Starting off by demanding reimbursement from the proper insurance provider one of the first steps, but given the unique nature of being in an accident while using a rideshare, your case may have to be decided in Court. This means a lawsuit will be prepared on your behalf, and you only have a set amount of time after the accident to get your case filed. Our job is to investigate the facts, make the proper demands, and file a suit for you if an agreement is not possible. We have experience in many different types of car accidents and know what steps to take to protect your interests.
If you have been in an accident while using Uber or another car service, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC right away for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.