Uber & Lyft Accidents
As the popularity of Uber and Lyft increases, unfortunately, so does the number of ride sharing accidents. The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC help all victims of Uber and Lyft accidents get compensation for their injuries.
Whether you were a passenger of Uber/Lyft, or an Uber/Lyft driver, our skilled attorneys can provide you with knowledgeable, experienced representation. Recovering damages for Uber/Lyft accidents can be a complex and tedious process; having legal representation on your side increases your chances of succeeding in your claim.
What to Do After the Accident
After an Uber/Lyft accident, as with any car accident, it is important to gather the names, contact information, and insurance information of everyone involved in the accident, including any witnesses. Take pictures of the accident scene, any vehicles involved in the accident, and any other relevant evidence. Contact the police as soon as possible, so that a police report may be filed and the investigation into the accident may begin.
In these ways, ride sharing accidents are no different than regular car accidents. Yet in other ways they differ quite a bit. The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC understand the nuances of ridesharing accident cases and can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How Ride Sharing Accidents Differ
Ride sharing car accidents differ from regular car accidents in terms of insurance and liability. Legal issues regarding ride sharing services are just beginning to be discussed by the courts; therefore, this area of law is still evolving.
Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors; as such, they are not employees of the companies. This makes it difficult to sue Uber or Lyft for the car accident, because they enjoy limited legal liability.
However, you may still be able to obtain financial recovery through their insurance coverage.
Uber/Lyft Insurance Coverage
Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft generally have a three-tiered system of insurance. The first tier is the driver’s personal insurance, which covers drivers when they are not performing the duties of their Uber/Lyft job.
The second tier covers the time when a driver is available on the app, but not currently transporting a passenger, or on the way to pick up a passenger. In that case, the company’s insurance may compensate for any injuries caused in the ridesharing accident if the driver’s personal insurance does not provide coverage or does not provide adequate coverage.
The third tier applies when the driver is transporting a passenger. Uber and Lyft both have one-million-dollar liability coverage policies, as well as one-million-dollar uninsured and underinsured insurance coverage policies. Therefore, even if your accident was caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, you may still be entitled to compensation through Uber/Lyft’s insurance.
Recovering Damages After Your Accident
You may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages, including payments for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, damaged property, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
However, insurance companies are notorious for attempting to pay as little as possible. It is a huge benefit to have a car accident lawyer who is skilled in handling ride sharing accident cases to fight for your right to fair compensation.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Victims of Ride Sharing Accidents Recover Just Compensation for Their Injuries
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact the skilled Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We proudly represent both injured Uber/Lyft passengers, and injured Uber/Lyft drivers throughout Delaware, as well as Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Delaware County and Chester County, and New Jersey. Call us at 302-888-1221 or 215-569-8488 or contact us online for a free consultation.