UBER/LYFT CAR ACCIDENTS
INVOVLED IN A RIDESHARING ACCIDENT?
The ridesharing industry is still fairly new and insurance companies are playing catch up to ensure their policies involve some kind of ridesharing agreement for coverage and options. Because of this, it is essential to hire a personal injury attorney experienced in handling claims and cases against Uber/Lyft if you’ve been involved in an accident.
HIRE AN EXPERIENCED INJURY ATTORNEY
At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, we have handled many successful car accident cases and insurance companies know that our attorneys have the reputation for aggressively handling Uber car crash and Lyft accident injury claims.
WHAT IS A RIDESHARE COMPANY?
Rideshare companies provide driver-for-hire ridesharing services to customers by contracting with freelance drivers who use their personal cars to transport passengers. These services are provided through smartphone apps which are often convenient and inexpensive. You simply take out your phone, request a ride, and usually within minutes you have a ride and you are on your way. When you arrive at your destination, you get out and move on with your day. The smartphone app handles the payment automatically. They are convenient and easy to use, but there can be some serious concerns with how these services operate, screen drivers, and protect their passengers if there is an accident.
If you are injured in a car with a rideshare driver, you should know that your personal automobile policy probably will not provide coverage for an injury, which is why you need to hire a personal injury attorney to help with your case.
Private-passenger insurance policies were never intended to provide coverage for injuries that were incurred while the vehicle was engaged in a commercial enterprise, but the insurance companies of the Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft should an accident occur and their driver is at fault.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M INVOLVED IN A RIDESHARE ACCIDENT?
A few bills have been signed into law that have regulated the way app-based companies like Uber and Lyft operate and are insured. Commercial vehicles must be covered through strict policies governed by their state, while Uber and Lyft were not subject to the same requirement. This was circumvented because their business model claimed they were just an app that helped people find other people who were willing to give them a ride.
Due to mounting pressure and numerous accidents across the United States, Uber and Lyft adopted insurance coverage for drivers that kicks-in when they have accepted and picked up a passenger. As you can see this is very complex which is why you should call an accident attorney if you are involved in a collision involving Uber or Lyft
Car accidents involving ridesharing companies can be unique and confusing because of the changing landscape of the laws, and there may be, some legal grey area. Don’t risk being compensated for your injuries after being involved in a rideshare car accident. Let the experienced accident attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to for current and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related damages. Give us a call for your free consultation and we can evaluate your case and let you know what options are available to you. Call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett today at 252-378-2525.