27 Apr 2018
My Uber Got into a Wreck. Can I Sue?
Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez
Did you know that if you’re in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you will most likely be unable to sue the mega ride-share companies?
Drivers of Lyft and Uber are independent contractors—not employees. This means that the ride-share companies can completely deny any liability for car accidents involving vehicles completing Lyft or Uber trips.
However, if you’re in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber and sustain injuries, you can still seek compensation for your pain and suffering. In general, here’s what you should do:
- First, check on everyone involved and call 911.
- Then, take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage and road conditions.
- Record your driver’s details (it will most likely be saved in your App)
- Contact a personal injury attorney to help you seek compensation
If you need to file a personal injury claim, you would file a claim against the at-fault driver (not Uber or Lyft). Usually, the at-fault driver is unable to cover the medical bills of his or her passenger; therefore, both Uber and Lyft have a $1 million liability policy through James River Insurance that provides coverage to individuals injured while using the ride-share service.
If another driver is at fault (not your Uber or Lyft driver), then the other driver’s personal insurance policy will be held responsible for covering damages. If they are unable to your medical expenses, you may still be able to pursue compensation through Uber and Lyft’s $1 million underinsured motorist policies.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you navigate the complexities of ride-share accidents. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, it is very important you know what options are available to you. The law office of Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez has a complete Auto Accident and Personal Injury team of lawyers, investigators, and paralegals ready to defend your rights. You can schedule a free appointment now to discuss your case and there are no fees or costs unless we win a settlement for you. For a complimentary consultation with one of our Personal Injury Attorneys in Tampa, click here or call toll-free 813-877-5548.