In the last decade, peer-to-peer rideshare giants Uber and Lyft have utilized mobile application technology to complete revolutionize the transportation industry. With just a few clicks of an app, customers can hire convenient rides at affordable prices. However, it’s not unusual for companies to start cutting corners in the face of immediate success, and Uber and Lyft are no exception. To meet the growing needs of this demanding consumer base, both companies have been mass-hiring inexperienced and untrained drivers. Consequently, the annual number of rideshare accidents increases each year.
After an accident, injured passengers and other motorists often struggle with vexing liability issues when attempting to file their claims. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver, it’s imperative that you follow these steps to safeguard your right to compensation.
If you’re in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, take the following steps to protect your claim:
- Call 911 and remain at the scene of the accident
- Verify that all parties are safe
- Take screenshots of receipt
- Take pictures of the accident scene and any vehicles involved
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Write down witness names and phone numbers
- Help law enforcement officials complete the accident report
- Seek medical attention immediately (or at least within 7 days)
- Request a copy of your medical record
- Contact an experienced car accident attorney
While Uber and Lyft both promote $1 million liability policies, their insurance carriers benefit from a legal loophole that allows them to easily deny accident claims. Because rideshare drivers are independent contractors (not “employees”), these companies can legally deny accident liability. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use a rideshare company for hiring a careless driver, but it will be a difficult case to win if you don’t have an experienced legal representative by your side.
Most claimants prefer to take legal action against an at-fault driver after an accident. Depending on your individual circumstances, this could be a rideshare driver or a third-party entity. However, a rideshare driver’s insurance policy rarely covers the extent of a claimant’s injury-related expenses. At Casey Law Offices, S.C., we can help you file a claim against the at-fault driver and then benefit from a rideshare company’s uninsured/underinsured policy. This option allows you to pursue additional compensation if the at-fault driver’s insurance policy doesn’t provide the necessary damages your situation warrants.
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If you’ve been injured by the negligent actions of a rideshare driver, contact the Wisconsin car accident lawyer at Casey Law Offices, S.C. Our attorney can investigate your case, consult with medical experts, and negotiate with insurance company representatives on your behalf. With our help, you can recover damages that meet your legal and financial objectives.
We’ve helped clients recover millions in verdicts and settlements. Contact Casey Law Offices, S.C. at (414) 272-5564 to schedule a free consultation.