Rideshare Accident Lawyer (Uber, Lyft, and Taxi)
Our rideshare accident attorneys are aware that Uber and Lyft, have exploded in popularity across the US. Just about anyone can sign up to become a driver for these companies, and after a quick background check and vehicle inspection, they’re out on the road carrying passengers. In some cases, these drivers are not prepared for the demands of making small talk with their passengers while driving to an unfamiliar location, all while receiving notifications of future passenger pick-ups on their phones. Even taxi companies have followed recent trends by making it possible to call a cab from anywhere by using an app.
Regardless of changes in how you find your ride, one thing hasn’t changed: dangerous drivers can be held financially responsible for causing injuries. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident involving a taxi, Uber or Lyft, contact the Boise Uber and taxi accident lawyers at Pedersen & Whitehead to learn about your rights.
Lyft and Uber passengers can seek compensation for their injuries
Drivers for Uber and Lyft have a responsibility to keep their passengers safe and to obey the rules of the road so that others stay safe, too. When they neglect this duty, other drivers or passengers in the Uber or Lyft can get badly injured. Depending on when the accident occurred, the amount of insurance coverage for drivers involved in a crash with a Lyft or Uber driver may vary.
- If the Uber or Lyft driver had their app turned off/was not accepting rides at the time of the crash, then only their personal insurance policy will apply.
- If the driver had the Uber or Lyft app on but was not carrying paying passengers when the crash happened, then the rideshare companies will provide up to $50,000 in bodily injury coverage for a single person, up to $100,000 per crash for all bodily injuries, and up to $25,000 in coverage for property damage.
- If the crash happens at any time after a driver has accepted a ride request but before they drop off their passenger, they will have liability and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage of up to $1 million per accident for bodily injuries. They will also have contingent collision and comprehensive coverage for property damage caused by the crash, offering up to the cash value of the car or the cost of repairs.
Victims often need help to recover the money they’re owed
Taxi drivers are also covered by insurance policies, ensuring that those injured by an on-the-job taxi driver has a way to seek the money they’re owed after a crash. Even when insurance coverage is available, however, fighting for the compensation you deserve isn’t always easy. If you were injured while a passenger of a taxi or Uber, you may need to file claims with the insurers of all drivers responsible for the accident, and not just of the car in which you were riding. Insurers profit by paying out as little as possible on claims, and if you aren’t willing to fight for what you’re owed—or find an attorney who will—then you may end up getting shortchanged. Don’t go up against these massive insurers without help. Contact a rideshare accident lawyer at Pedersen & Whitehead for a no-cost consultation on your Uber or taxi crash claim.