Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Accident: Know Your Rights
You are entering a stranger’s car. The goal is that you will be taken safely from point A to point B. You are trusting this driver with your life; you are trusting that the driver will get you to work on time.
Today, many of us rely on Uber or Lyft ride-sharing services to get around. Most enjoy the convenience of ride-sharing services, but we also want the reassurance that we are entering a safe vehicle
However, what happens if you get into an Uber or Lyft accident? If you were involved in an Lyft or Uber auto accident, contact an experienced rideshare injury attorney to discuss your options.
What Happens If the Uber or Lyft Driver Caused the Accident?
Uber and Lyft drivers operate their vehicles under their own insurance policies. However, if the Uber or Lyft driver was working at the time of the accident, they will be covered by Uber and Lyft’s third-party insurance coverage. Typically these policies pay up to $1 million or more for personal injuries and property damage per accident.
What Happens If the Uber or Lyft Driver Wasn’t at Fault?
If you are an Uber or Lyft passenger involved in an accident and the other driver is deemed to be at fault for the accident, you may pursue a claim against that driver for your injuries.
Connecticut laws require all drivers to acquire a minimum of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury liability and $25,000 per accident for property damage liability.
e strongly recommend that you get insurance to cover you from your insurance agent above and beyond what any random driver may have. The minimum is not enough. Those who drive without insurance risk fines and suspension of their driver’s license.
Despite the minimum requirements and penalties, many people drive without insurance. If you were in an Uber car accident as a passenger and the other driver was at fault, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
The Most Common Types of Uber and Lyft Accidents
The same circumstances which may cause regular car accidents may also be the cause of Uber and Lyft accidents.
Laws do not require Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain special licensing or driver training. Therefore, driver error represents a common cause of Uber and Lyft accidents. Driver error can include “improper lookout, excessive speed or inattention.” (NHTSA).
Uber and Lyft drivers often take on driver jobs to supplement a main source of income.any drivers work a full day and provide rides for passengers well into the early hours of the morning. For this reason, many Uber and Lyft drivers may be tired and cause an accident due to fatigue. Statistics on drowsy driving can be found here.
Many Uber car accidents and Lyft car accidents result from distracted driving. While working for a ridesharing service, drivers often venture into unfamiliar areas. For this reason, they may refer to their smartphone for directions or maps. In these moments of distractions, car accidents may occur. Statistics on distracted driving can be found here.
Driving While Impaired
Some Uber and Lyft drivers may drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. An Uber or Lyft car accident resulting from an intoxicated driver constitutes not only a personal injury matter, but a criminal matter. Statistics on drunk driving can be found here.
Drivers may speed regularly and may cause an Uber car accident. Statistics on speeding as the cause of car accidents can be found here.
What Damages Can I Recover?
After a Lyft car accident as a passenger, your personal injury attorney assists in seeking just compensation for your damages.
Typically you may recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills or expenses related to your injury from the Uber or Lyft car accident;
- Wages or other income you have lost due to being unable to work or missing work;
- Compensation for the emotional and psychological effects related to your accident; and
- Costs for replacement or reimbursement of damaged property.
It’s important to retain all bills and expenses to support your claim for damages. Additionally, if your car accident renders you unable to work, pay stubs and tax returns support your claim for future lost wages or loss of employment.
At StangerLaw LLC, we believe in providing our clients with high caliber legal services. We understand the overwhelming fear and uncertainty you experience following a car accident. You may not know how to proceed after an Uber or Lyft car accident.
We possess the legal knowledge to hold the negligent party responsible so you can move forward with the compensation you deserve. Don’t continue another day with your life on hold. We are eager to help you.