Were You Injured in a Rideshare Accident?

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Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are extremely popular these days. In the best situations, they can provide a convenient way to get around town. Uber was founded in 2010, but by 2017 the company reported that it had already given over 5 billion rides.

In many cities, apps like Uber and Lyft are more ubiquitous than taxicabs. Why are these apps so popular? One reason is that when you meet up with your driver, you have every right to expect a reasonable and safe trip to your destination.

Unfortunately, trips on ride-sharing apps do not always go as planned. Some drivers may be intoxicated or distracted, putting passengers at risk. Others may simply drive carelessly and recklessly. Regardless, if you are injured due to a driver’s negligence, they should be held accountable for their actions.

Your Options

The consequences of car accidents can be extremely severe, including nerve damage, broken bones, and even loss of life. If you or a loved one were injured in such an accident, you may be struggling with large medical bills or unsure when you will be able to return to work.

If your injuries were the result of a ride-sharing driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. While money cannot make up for the frightening experience of being in a car accident, it can go a long way toward holding reckless drivers accountable.

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

What Should You Do after an Uber Accident?

To protect your right to compensation, you need to prove that someone was responsible for the accident and your injuries. If you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, then this person could be your driver or the driver of another vehicle. If you were a motorist out on the road, you could also have been struck by an Uber or Lyft driver.

What evidence is helpful? Try to get the following:

  • Insurance information for all drivers involved in the crash. Also get their names, address, and telephone numbers.
  • Pictures of damage to the vehicle. If you can move around, use your smart phone to take pictures of the vehicles involved. Zoom in on any damage to the vehicles, which can help show where they struck each other.
  • What you remember happening in the moments leading up to the collision. Write a short narrative as soon as possible.
  • Any statements made by any of the drivers. For example, one driver might have admitted they caused the accident.

Your Uber accident attorney will find this information helpful for determining who is at fault for the collision.

What if You are an Uber Driver?

Uber and Lyft require that you report the details of an accident to them shortly after the accident occurred. This gives them an opportunity to investigate, if necessary, and to reach out to any victims. There might also be unique liability issues involved if you were the driver, which you should discuss with an Uber driver lawyer.

How Much Insurance is Available for My Case?

The amount of insurance will depend on who was at fault for the collision. New Jersey is a “fault” state, meaning whichever motorist is to blame for the accident pays compensation. If you were struck by an Uber driver, then the amount will depend on whether the driver had a ride or was logged into the app:

  • The driver is not logged onto the app. The only insurance available in this situation is the driver’s regular insurance.
  • The driver is logged into the app and looking for a ride. There is $50,000 bodily injury liability up to $100,000 per accident. Also, $25,000 in property damage liability is available.
  • The driver has accepted a ride and is on the way to pick up the passenger. Uber has a $1 million policy available.
  • The passenger is in the Uber. Again, Uber’s $1 million insurance policy kicks in to cover these accidents.

If you were an Uber passenger, then you should be covered. Uber’s insurance applies if their driver was at fault. If a different driver was to blame, you will make a claim on that driver’s insurance company. Uber also has underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage which can kick in if the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is inadequate to cover all your losses.

To fully understand how much your injuries might be worth, please contact an Uber accident attorney right away. Your attorney can review your case and determine how much money you can qualify for.

Discuss Your Case with Our Rideshare Accident Attorneys Today

We understand the importance of careful driving. When you order a ride-sharing service, you have every right to expect a safe experience. Our experienced Uber accident attorneys have a proven record of fighting for our clients. We will listen to your story and help you explore your options, possibly including financial compensation.

Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss ride-sharing app car accidents and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at 908-928-9200 today

Discuss Your Case with Our Rideshare Accident Attorneys Today

We understand the importance of careful driving. When you order a ride-sharing service, you have every right to expect a safe experience. Our experienced attorneys have a proven record of fighting for our clients. We will listen to your story and help you explore your options, possibly including financial compensation. Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss ride-sharing app car accidents and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at 1-908-282-3814 or 1-800-586-5817.