Rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and others have gained popularity over the past decade. It’s easy to understand why--they give you a cheaper, more convenient option for getting a ride to the destination of your choice.
Millions of people across the world use rideshare. That’s millions of people putting their trust in other drivers. Unfortunately, the arrival of rideshare has been associated with a two to three percent increase in the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the nation.
So, what happens when you’re in an accident while traveling in a rideshare vehicle? Rideshare vehicle accidents are unique, so our team at Piering Law Firm has put together important information you should know if you’re involved in an Uber or Lyft accident.
What Makes Rideshare Accidents Different?
The rideshare industry is different than regular taxi cabs because the vehicles aren’t owned by the ridesharing company. Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies considered hire drivers as independent contractors and not employees.
This means that rideshare drivers work on a freelance basis. Drivers also use their personal vehicles for rideshare, so there are only special circumstances where rideshare companies compensate those injured in an accident. Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies carry insurance policies of $1 million to cover personal injury in the event that a driver has an accident and a person gets injured.
Are Passengers Compensated in Rideshare Accidents?
The rideshare company’s insurance policy is in place to cover personal injuries at $25,000 per person, with up to a maximum of $50,000 while the driver is working. If the driver is negligent and gets into a collision while you’re a passenger, the ridesharing company should compensate you for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Compensations for Pedestrians Injured In Rideshare Accidents
Unfortunately, pedestrians are also victims of rideshare accidents. If you were crossing the street and was suddenly get struck by a car, you have every right to file a personal injury claim. However, there are different circumstances that can determine who should be held liable for your injuries.
If the ridesharing driver was on duty at the time of the crash, you can file your claim against the ridesharing company. However, if the driver was not on duty and didn’t have the app open, you would have to rely on the driver’s personal auto insurance coverage to compensate you for your injuries and other damages.
Sacramento Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you are entitled to seek compensation. At the end of the day, rideshare companies are interested in protecting themselves and reducing their liabilities.
At Piering Law Firm, our legal team has over 50 years of combined experience helping those injured in a motor vehicle accident get the compensation they deserve. You may be facing extensive medical bills, lost wages, and physical pain. Our team is ready to help you ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. Get in touch with our firm today to get started on protecting your future after your rideshare accident.
Contact our Sacramento Uber & Lyft rideshare accident attorneys today at (916) 476-2399 for a free consultation!