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In recent years, apps such as Uber and Lyft have increased in popularity. Such rideshare companies offer people a convenient mode of transportation. Unfortunately, as the number of rideshare vehicles on the road increases, so does the number of accidents involving them. 

Have you or someone you love been injured in a rideshare accident? If so, you may be unsure of your legal rights and how to recover compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Determining liability and recovering damages after these types of accidents can be complicated, but hiring a rideshare accident lawyer will make the claims process much easier for you and your family. 

At Phillips Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have successfully handled many rideshare accident cases. We are passionate about helping our clients get their well-deserved justice and financial compensation. Call us or fill out the case evaluation form to schedule your free consultation today. There is no obligation, and we do not charge any fees until you collect your own money. 

Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Before hiring an independent contractor, Uber and Lyft perform background checks and examine the minimum qualifications that all potential drivers must meet. However, those who work for these ridesharing companies are not professionally trained drivers. The varying reasons for rideshare car accidents stretch from everyday mistakes to pure negligence.

Distracted driving

Rideshare drivers spend more time behind the wheel than most people, and there are many reasons why they may become distracted. For example, while on duty, drivers will have their rideshare application open on their phones to tell them passenger information, the pick-up point, and the drop-off location. Drivers may also focus on reading the map displayed on their GPS.

A rideshare driver may not want to take a break during a shift and instead choose to eat and drink while driving. Another danger is talking on the phone or sending text messages. Also, many rideshare drivers and their customers like to talk while en route to their destination. These are all, for better or worse, forms of distracted driving. 

Speeding

Speeding, whether intentional or unintentional, is one common cause of car accidents. A driver for a ridesharing company could be in an unfamiliar location and unaware of the speed limit, or he may be occupied chatting with passengers and fail to pay attention to the speed of the car. 

The more quickly a rideshare driver delivers passengers to their destinations, the sooner he or she can pick up the next customer. For this reason, some Uber or Lyft drivers may speed on purpose because the faster they work, the more money they make per hour.

Driver fatigue

Studies show that driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many ridesharing trips are early in the morning or late at night, which means drivers may be behind the wheel at times they might otherwise be sleeping.

Often, people work for ridesharing companies as a side job. This means a person may work a full shift at his or her main place of employment and then drive for Uber or Lyft the rest of the day. This can result in being extremely drowsy while driving. 

Driving while under the influence

While many people use Lyft or Uber to prevent drunk driving, unfortunately, there are cases where the ridesharing driver is the one who is intoxicated. Alcohol affects a person’s depth perception, coordination, judgment, and other skills necessary for safe driving. 

Poor vehicle maintenance

While a rideshare company may set certain vehicle inspection requirements for people to start driving, there is no guarantee that the car will continue to be maintained from then on. When Uber or Lyft drivers fail to perform regular maintenance, their vehicles could malfunction or break down while on a ride. 

This is a problem. Faulty brakes, tire blowouts, engine problems, and other vehicle malfunctions have caused many serious ridesharing accidents.

+ What Should I Do If I Am a Passenger in a Ridesharing Accident?

If you were injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, you may be uncertain of what to do. Although the situation may be overwhelming, there are some steps you can take to protect your legal rights and ensure that you are able to recover compensation for your accident-related losses.

Make sure to:

  • Call 911. Your first priority after a car accident should be to get the medical attention that you need. Even if you do not think you are injured, you should get checked out by a physician right away. Sometimes the stress and adrenaline immediately after an accident can mask your symptoms until later.
  • Gather information and evidence. If possible, document the scene of the rideshare accident. This might include taking photos, speaking to eyewitnesses, and obtaining license plate numbers and contact information from all parties involved in the incident.
  • Contact your insurance company. Even if you were not the one driving, you should still notify your insurance company of the accident. You may also be contacted by the rideshare driver’s insurance company. Be cautious as to what you say when speaking to representatives from the ridesharing service or the driver’s insurance company. They may try to trick you into saying something that affects your claim.
  • Hire a rideshare accident lawyer. An attorney who is experienced in handling ridesharing accidents will be able to advocate for your legal rights and defend your best interests.

+ Ridesharing Companies Insurance Policies

Ridesharing drivers are typically hired as independent contractors, not as employees of the company. This means rideshare companies require drivers to carry their own personal vehicle insurance policies.

At the same time, both Uber and Lyft provide additional liability insurance coverage for their drivers which may cover damages depending on the driver’s “status” at the time of the rideshare accident. The following is a brief explanation of Uber’s and Lyft’s similar rules for insurance coverage.

The rideshare driver was off duty

If the driver was not logged into the app at the time the car accident occurred, then the rideshare company will not provide any insurance coverage. In this case, you will need to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver or that person’s insurance company.

The driver was logged into the app and awaiting a ride request

If the Lyft or Uber driver was logged into the app and waiting for a ride request when the car accident occurred, then the injured party should be able to collect from the rideshare company’s insurance policy.

The company insurance policy should cover:

  • Bodily injury or death: $50,000 per person $100,000 per rideshare accident
  • Property damage: $50,000 per rideshare accident

Before filing a rideshare accident claim with Uber or Lyft, you will probably first have to seek compensation through the driver’s insurance policy. You can then file a claim with the rideshare company if your damages exceed the amount covered by the driver’s insurance.

The driver was logged into the app and has accepted a ride request

If the driver caused an accident while logged into the app and on an assigned trip, then the passengers should be fully covered under Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy. Both companies hold $1 million policies that cover injuries, property damage, and death.

The coverage goes into effect the moment the driver of the ridesharing vehicle accepts a ride request, continues while the passenger is en route to his or her destination, and ends the moment the passenger exits the vehicle.

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    How a Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help

    Recovering compensation for your injuries after a rideshare accident can be a complex and overwhelming process. A ridesharing accident lawyer can make things easier by answering any questions you have and communicating with the insurance adjusters on your behalf.

    When the insurance company finds out that you are being represented by a personal injury attorney, they tend to change tactics. The insurance adjusters know that lawyers won’t back down and accept a low settlement offer – and we won’t without a fight, because we understand our clients’ legal rights.

    At Phillips Legal Group, after taking on your case, our rideshare accident attorneys will:

    • Conduct an investigation to determine the cause of your ridesharing accident
    • Find out the Uber or Lyft drivers status at the time of the accident
    • Identify all liable parties and sources of compensation
    • Negotiate with insurance companies
    • Consult with medical experts to understand and calculate what your healthcare needs are going to cost going forward
    • Defend your rights if someone tries to blame you for the rideshare accident

    The team at Phillips Legal Group has years of experience successfully representing injured victims in rideshare accident cases. We are ready to take your personal injury claim to court if necessary to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

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    Damages Available to Victims of Rideshare Accidents

    As with any other car accident, a crash involving a rideshare vehicle can leave you with severe, debilitating injuries. A personal injury lawyer can identify your damages and pursue compensation from anyone who caused you harm.

    A Lyft or Uber accident attorney may help you recover compensation for:

    • Medical bills
    • Lost wages
    • Loss of future earning potential
    • Rehabilitation
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Disfigurement
    • Wrongful death

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    Contact a Rideshare Accident Attorney Today

    For close to 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at Phillips Legal Group have been committed to helping car accident victims in Arizona and throughout the US. We have represented over 155,000 clients and helped them recover millions of dollars in damages. If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, we are here to help you, too.

    Were you or someone you love harmed in a ridesharing accident? You may be able to collect compensation for your injuries, costs, and suffering. Our rideshare accident attorneys can guide you through the legal process and work to secure a full financial award on your behalf.

    Schedule your free case review with a member of our legal team today. Our personal injury lawyers work on contingency, so you will pay no up-front or out-of-pocket costs. We only get paid if you are awarded a settlement.

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