Ohio Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
When you’re a passenger in a rideshare, you expect to safely get to your destination. Uber and Lyft drivers are not immune to mistakes, and accidents sometimes happen because of carelessness. If you’re hurt in an Uber or Lyft, it’s important to get help from a skilled rideshare accident lawyer.
Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Companies like Uber and Lyft have made it easy and affordable for anyone to catch a ride. But you can still get into an accident as a passenger or while driving your own car. You may also be a rideshare driver who’s been hit by a reckless driver.
If you’re hurt in a ridesharing accident, reach out to our Uber accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We can help you recover compensation for your damages. Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation with an Ohio car accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents
Uber and Lyft accidents are frequently caused by:
- Fatigue – Rideshare drivers are often working for Uber or Lyft after they’ve already completed an entire work day at their full-time job. This may cause them to be exhausted while driving passengers.
- Reckless driving – An Uber or Lyft driver may refrain from stopping at a stop sign, run a red light, fail to yield, or disregard another traffic law.
- Aggressive driving – In order to try and make more money and get you to your destination as fast as possible, an Uber or Lyft driver may change lanes abruptly, tailgate other vehicles, or accelerate quickly.
- Elderly drivers – Older Uber and Lyft drivers may have impaired physical and mental abilities that inhibit their ability to drive safely.
- Poorly maintained vehicles – Since rideshare drivers are independent contractors rather than employees of Uber or Lyft, they are responsible for keeping their vehicle in good shape. Sometimes they fail to do so and drive around with defective tires, brakes, and other parts.
- Road hazards – There may be uneven pavement, a lack of road signs, potholes, or other road hazards that can increase an Uber or Lyft driver’s risk of causing an accident.
- Work zones – Construction is common in Ohio. If an Uber or Lyft driver is driving in a work zone and doesn’t realize the speed limit is reduced, an accident may arise.
If any of the above actions occurred while you were in an Uber or Lyft vehicle and you were injured as a result, contact our ridesharing accident lawyers today.
Compensation After Uber & Lyft Accidents
Like other car accidents, and whether you were diving your own car or riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, when you are injured because of another’s negligence, you deserve compensation for all your assorted physical and financial losses. Through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, our lawyers will investigate your Uber or Lyft accident, identify the liable parties, account for everything the accident cost you, and pursue damages for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Uber and Lyft Insurance Policies
Personal injury claims are typically rsolved through an insurance settlement. Both Uber and Lyft drivers must be covered under a $1 million insurance policy. The coverage provided by these insurance policies is based on a driver’s status when the accident occurred.
Since not every accident can be covered by the $1 million insurance policy, a rideshare driver’s personal insurance policy may go into effect.
Both Uber and Lyft state:
- They are not liable for any accidents that occur when Uber and Lyft drivers are not working.
- If an Uber or Lyft driver’s app is on and they are able to work, both Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy and the driver’s insurance policy will go into effect in the event of an accident.
- When a passenger is in a rideshare driver’s vehicle and an accident does occur, it is covered by Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you find yourself in an Uber or Lyft accident, try to remain calm and take the following steps to protect yourself both:
Seek Medical Attention
Since some injuries are not immediately apparent, you should visit the doctor, even if you believe you are fine and have not been injured.
Call the Police
Make sure the police are aware of your Uber or Lyft accident. This way, a police report can be filed and used to your advantage if you choose to pursue a lawsuit.
Document the Accident
Take photos of the accident scene, the Lyft or Uber vehicle, and any other vehicles involved in the accident. You should also gather the contact information of the Uber or Lyft driver. This information can support your case if you file a lawsuit.
Report the Accident to Uber or Lyft
Inform Uber or Lyft that an accident has occurred right away.
Do Not Speak to Insurance Companies
Be sure to refrain from speaking to an insurance adjuster about the facts of the accident or your injuries. Anything you say may be used against you.
Contact an Uber Accident Lawyer
Since rideshare accidents are more complex than regular car accidents, it’s vital to consult Uber or Lyft accident lawyers. They can help you determine who is liable for the accident and speak to insurance companies on your behalf. Most importantly, they may be able to help you collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Injured Uber & Lyft Passengers
If you or a loved one are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft as a passenger, the process operates much like a typical car accident. The major difference is that the Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy may also be liable for your losses. If you were injured because of a rideshare driver’s negligence while you were being picked up or during a ride, Uber or Lyft may provide up to $1 million in coverage. But recovering compensation will require dealing with their insurance company, and possibly the company directly, as well as the at-fault driver’s carrier.
If you’re a rideshare passenger and were hit by another vehicle that was acting recklessly, you’d have to file a claim or a lawsuit against that driver’s insurance. Keep in mind that things get complicated if that driver lacks sufficient coverage or leaves the scene. Depending on the situation, Uber and Lyft may offer UIM insurance that may make up the difference.
Injured in An Accident with an Uber or Lyft Driver
If you’ve been hit by a rideshare driver while driving, you’re likely wondering if you can hold the driver and Uber accountable. But suing Uber or Lyft is complex. Uber and Lyft classify drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This makes it harder to show that the company is responsible for the drivers’ actions or negligence.
When an Uber or Lyft driver is on their way to get a passenger or taking a passenger to their destination and causes an accident, Uber or Lyft’s insurance typically applies. However, if the driver wasn’t actively using the app at the time of the accident, you may be limited to a claim against the driver’s personal car insurance.
If you’re unsure if the at-fault driver was working as an Uber driver at the time of the crash, you should consult an attorney. A thorough investigation could show whether the app was engaged and the driver’s status.
Contact Our Uber Accident Lawyers Today
If you suffered an injury in a ridesharing accident, reach out to the Ohio Uber accident lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick immediately. We’ll evaluate the facts, inform you of your legal options, and fight for maximum compensation.