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Uber and Lyft reinvented and modernized the ride service industry, creating a more affordable and customer friendly system. However, taking an Uber or Lyft doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be involved in an accident.
However, you always have options if negligence caused you harm. If you or a member of your family suffered in an Uber or Lyft car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your emotional, physical, and financial damages. In addition, if you lost a loved one, you may also file a wrongful death claim. The Canton Uber accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have decades of experience and will handle every aspect of your legal claim.
Traffic accidents are all too common and result from various factors. Some are poor weather conditions, speeding, and distracted driving. Unfortunately, interacting with an Uber or Lyft driver means that they are dealing with technology while driving a passenger.
Ohio has distracted driving laws, but this has done little to reduce Uber drivers from taking their eyes off the road. This, combined with driving in unfamiliar areas and meeting unknown passengers, increases the likelihood of an Uber and Lyft accident.
Other possible causes for collisions in a ride-share are:
Speeding: This is the second most common cause of motor vehicle accidents in the US (the first is distracted driving).
Drunk Driving: While an Uber driver will probably not be drinking, there is the risk of other drivers on the road doing so.
Disobeying Rules: Not following road traffic safety rules
Rideshares in Canton, Ohio
In Ohio, independent drivers contracted by Uber or Lyft must have personal car insurance. The drivers should have at least the minimum required by the state of Ohio. The problem is that there is no verification process to see if the driver does actually have insurance, or if they do, that it is sufficient.
Although Uber and Lyft have insurance policies, there is no guarantee that their insurance companies will actually pay. Insurance companies are known to be tricky when it comes to paying claims. The other problem is identifying when the driver is actually working or when they are off the clock. When they do not have a passenger but are on their way to pick one up, they are said to be covered by their own personal insurance. However, there is no guarantee they do have their own insurance. Drivers who have a rideshare passenger in their car have $1,000,000 liability coverage and $1,000,000 underinsured/uninsured coverage.
Dealing with insurance for both automobile loss and medical issues related to automobile accidents can be complicated even when there aren’t multiple players involved. To add to the complexity, Ohio is now a hands-free state. Therefore, no phones or technology can be operated while driving. However, Uber and Lyft both require their drivers to operate software during transportation via GPS and phone apps. This is why it is a good idea to work with an Uber and Lyft car accident attorney to help steer you through all the intricacies involved.
Compensation after a Rideshare Accident Injury
If you are involved in a rideshare accident of any kind involving Uber or Lyft you should contact our lawyers at KNR immediately. We can help you figure out the best course of action, evaluate the situation, and deal with the potentially complex and contrary insurance claims.
Passengers who sustain injuries related to an Uber or Lyft accident deserve the chance to hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm they cause. A skilled attorney can guide you through the legal process, help you get treatment, negotiate with the insurance companies, and fight for everything you deserve.
A personal injury claim can help you recover your:
Pain and suffering
Emotional distress and mental anguish
Loss of consortium
KNR has helped numerous injury victims after Uber and Lyft accidents get compensation for their needs. For example, KNR represented a passenger when she suffered permanent vision loss in one eye when she was struck in the face by an airbag after a car accident. KNR recovered a $100,000 policy limit settlement.