Recovering fair compensation after a car accident can be a critical step toward putting your life back together. Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than done. Recovering compensation can be complicated further when one of the cars involved in your accident was a rideshare vehicle.
At 1Law, we aim to simplify the process of getting the money you need after a crash. Our team of Lyft and Uber rideshare accident lawyers in Orem work diligently to determine liability and make the responsible party pay you for your damages.
Determining liability in an Uber or Lyft accident can be tricky because drivers for these companies are not classified as employees but rather as independent contractors. While this designation works out great for the rideshare company, it is not nearly as ideal for their drivers or anyone involved in an accident with one of these vehicles.
Multiple parties can hold a level of liability in a Lyft or Uber rideshare accident. A few of the potentially liable parties include:
If the crash was caused by the driver of the rideshare vehicle, your first source for recovering compensation will be through their personal insurance. Then, if your damages exceed their personal coverage, you may be able to recover compensation from the rideshare company, depending on the driver’s status at the time of the collision.
Our Orem Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine the liable parties.
Uber and Lyft both require that their drivers carry a personal insurance policy. This insurance policy will act as the primary source of compensation for those involved in an accident if the driver of the rideshare vehicle was at fault. However, these companies also carry an insurance policy of their own that kicks in in certain situations.
If the Uber or Lyft driver was not logged into the app at the time of the crash, they are not considered to be on the clock, and the company’s insurance coverage will not come into effect.
When an Uber or Lyft driver is logged into the rideshare app but has not accepted a ride, they will be partially covered under the company’s insurance policy. Those who suffer an injury in an accident that occurs while a driver is in this status must first pursue compensation through the driver’s personal insurance.
However, if their damages exceed the coverage limits, they can pursue further compensation from the rideshare company in question. The coverage offered by Uber and Lyft in these situations is limited and likely will not cover all your costs if you are severely injured in a crash.
When the Lyft or Uber driver accepts a ride, the company’s insurance policy goes into full effect. It does not matter whether or not the driver has actually picked up their passenger yet. As soon as they press the button to accept the ride, full coverage kicks in.
If an Uber or Lyft driver causes a crash while in this status, both companies carry an insurance policy of up to $1,000,000 in third-party liability and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
After an accident involving a rideshare driver, you will likely be eligible to collect several types of economic and non-economic damages. The specific damages you will be able to claim will depend on the specifics of your accident and the injuries you sustained.
Economic damages that can commonly be claimed after a Lyft or Uber accident include:
Non-economic damages that can commonly be claimed after a Uber or Lyft accident include:
The fees collected by rideshare accident lawyers and other personal injury lawyers are based entirely upon the compensation you receive for your claim. You will never pay these attorneys a penny until your case has concluded, and then, the money will come directly from the liable party. At 1Law, we offer a more money guarantee to our clients.
When you hire a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer in Orem, you will agree to pay them a specified percentage of the compensation you recover. Since the amount of money your lawyer receives is directly tied to the amount of compensation you get, you can feel confident that they will fight hard to get you as much money for your claim as possible.
After all, should your lawyer fail to secure compensation on your behalf, all the work they put into their case will have been done for free.
Hiring an Orem Lyft and Uber rideshare accident attorney will give you the best chance of recovering fair compensation after an accident. At 1Law, we are dedicated to ensuring that all accident victims have access to experienced legal representation.
Give us a call, use our legal chat tool, or fill out our online contact form today to get started. We offer free consultations, where a member of our team will review your case and advise you of your legal options.