Gainesville Rideshare Accident Lawyers Protecting the Rights of Victims Injured While Riding With Uber or Lyft
It is estimated that more than one hundred thousand drivers have signed up to transport passengers in Virginia through the two most popular rideshare apps – Uber and Lyft. More recently, the two companies have been under fire for allegedly allowing unsafe drivers to pick up passengers. Among the many concerns, a common issue is what happens when a passenger is injured in an accident while riding with an Uber or Lyft driver. The Johnson Law Firm, PC, has dealt with many Uber and Lyft accident claims and can shed some light on commonly asked questions about rideshare accidents in Virginia.
If I Have Been Injured While Riding With an Uber/Lift Driver, Who Will Be Responsible For My Accident?
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft operate through independent contractors who – in most cases – use their personal vehicles to provide transportation services to passengers that they connect with through the rideshare app. If a passenger is injured, the answer to “who is responsible?” is not so easily laid out because it depends on the specific circumstances of the accident.
If a rideshare driver is “off duty” with the app turned off and without any passengers in the car, his or her own personal auto insurance would apply. When a driver has the app turned on and is waiting to be matched with a passenger, Uber and Lyft offer limited insurance coverage for bodily injuries and property damage. The companies will only fully cover drivers and passengers once the driver has the app turned on and has a passenger riding in the vehicle. In this case, the rideshare companies offer a $1 million liability policy that extends to each party involved in an accident, as well as $1 million in coverage against underinsured motorists (applicable in certain cases).
It is fundamental to properly document and investigate the facts in connection to your accident in order to determine who is responsible for it. Contacting a personal injury attorney as early as possible in the process can help increase your chances of building a solid case and getting a favorable result.
What Type Of Damages Would I Be Eligible To Receive for My Uber or Lift Accident in Virginia?
Once it is determined which party is responsible for your accident, you and your attorney may choose to pursue both economic and non-economic damages applicable to any auto accident, in addition to compensation for property damages and punitive damages (only when applicable). The extent and severity of the injuries you suffered will affect the amount of money you may be able to demand.
What About Medical Bills?
Injuries requiring extensive medical treatment (both in an emergency setting as well as continued care such as pain management, surgeries, and/or physical rehabilitation) usually result in higher medical bills as well as a higher level of pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Your attorney will analyze many factors and determine an appropriate settlement amount to cover for the tangible and intangible consequences of the crash.
How Can an Attorney Help Me With My Rideshare Accident Claim – and How Much Will it Cost?
If you suffered significant injuries after a crash while riding with an Uber or Lyft driver, you might find yourself in an overwhelming position of trying to figure out which insurance company to call, what to say, and how to pay for your growing stack of medical bills. On top of that, you are aware that insurance companies have lowering costs as their main goal and will do everything they can to give accident victims minimal or no payment whenever possible.
There is no reason to deal with all of this on your own, while you are trying to heal and get back on your feet. At the Johnson Law Firm, PC, our legal team handles every aspect of your claim – from the initial consultation and negotiation with insurance companies all the way to closing your case and securing maximum compensation for you. While every case is different and we cannot guarantee you will receive any payment, you can rest assured you will owe us nothing out-of-pocket unless we win your case. If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in or near Gainesville, VA, contact our law firm at (703) 884-8003 to learn your rights and to initiate your claim.