You May Have a ClaimAuto accident victims are entitled to compensation when they can prove both that they were injured and that their injuries were not their fault. Passengers are generally held to never be at fault for crashes, but drivers can be held accountable for crashes they cause. If you were driving and collided with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you will need to prove that you were not at fault, or at least not entirely at fault, for the crash in order to recover compensation. An experienced rideshare accident lawyer can help you successfully do so.
Get Medical Attention Right Away After a CrashIt’s very important to always seek medical attention after any car crash, even if you were a passenger and even you believe you are uninjured. Many common injuries from vehicle crashes, especially soft tissue injuries, go undiagnosed for too long because they don’t show symptoms until hours or even days later. Even then, victims of these types of injuries may assume their aches and pains will get better on their own. When they don’t, waiting too long to see a doctor can cast doubt on when those injuries were actually received and what caused them, making it harder to get needed compensation.
What Damages Are You Entitled to After a Rideshare Accident?If you were injured by or while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you may be entitled to numerous damages, depending on the severity of the crash, including:
- Medical expenses, including future medical expenses related to the injury such as physical therapy
- Lost wages, including future lost wages if your injury has reduced your ability to work or do the same work that you did before you got hurt
- Physical pain as a result of your injury
- Mental distress as a result of your accident
- Property damage
How Much Money Can I Get for a Rideshare Accident?As with other types of auto accidents, when someone is injured in a rideshare accident, they will need to pursue compensation through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy. Most personal auto insurance policies specifically exclude coverage for trips when the policyholder is transporting passengers for a fee, such as for a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. Thankfully, Uber and Lyft both provide drivers with up to $1 million in liability insurance that will cover accidents that occur while they are on the job. When an Uber or Lyft driver causes an accident, the following coverage limits apply:
- When a driver is logged in to the rideshare app but hasn’t accepted a ride request yet: $50,000 bodily injury per person; $100,000 per accident
- When a driver has accepted a ride request, and is in route to pick up the passenger: $1,000,000 bodily injury per accident
- When a passenger is in the rideshare driver’s vehicle: $1,000,000 bodily injury per accident, plus limited property damage and uninsured motorist coverage