Services like Lyft and Uber have given millions of rides throughout the state of Colorado. Yet, while these services offer residents cheap, efficient rides across town, they can come with some risk. Ridesharing accidents are unfortunately common. Uber drivers are amateur drivers who use their own personal vehicles to transport passengers. When a rideshare driver causes an accident, it can be difficult to know where to file a claim. After an Uber accident occurs, who pays for injuries, damages, and medical expenses that arise? The answer depends on numerous factors. Is the rideshare driver liable for the accident, or is Uber or Lyft liable for the injuries their drivers cause?
Getting into an Accident with an Uber Driver
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver, you may be able to file a claim against Uber. However, before Uber will pay for your medical bills, your attorney must clearly establish that the Uber driver was “on the clock” at the time of the accident. If the driver hit you while they were off duty or waiting to pick up a passenger, then you may have to file a claim with that driver’s insurance company. Due to the complexities surrounding these types of accidents, it is important that you retain a lawyer to prove fault and establish liability. If the driver was transporting a passenger or en route to pick up a passenger, then you may be able to file a claim under Uber’s $1.5 million liability umbrella policy.
Getting into an Uber Accident as a Passenger
If you are a passenger in an Uber and you get into an accident, you have a right to file a claim under Uber’s liability policy. Uber will pay for the damages and injuries you sustained as a passenger in the driver’s car. However, there are situations when a third party may be to blame and responsible for the accident.
Getting into an Uber Accident as a Driver
If you are an Uber driver, you are required to purchase liability insurance, yet in some situations you are also covered by Uber’s policy. In order to determine if you are eligible to file a claim with Uber’s liability policy, you must first determine if you were actively engaged in transporting a passenger at the time of the accident. If you were transporting a passenger, then you should be covered by Uber. If you accepted a fare, but had not yet reached the passenger, Uber may require you to exhaust your own policy first before filing a claim with them. If you were not actively transporting a passenger or had not accepted a fare, then you must file a claim with your own insurance company.
Due to the complexities of ridesharing accidents, it is important to contact an experienced Denver ridesharing attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Your lawyer will be able to investigate your accident and determine liability so you can collect the money you deserve.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in an Uber accident, we can help. Contact our law firm today for a free no-cost consultation and review of your case. We know the complications that can arise after a ridesharing accident and we can protect your rights to compensation throughout. Call the Denver attorneys at Paysinger Law, P.C. today to discuss your case. Our law firm can be reached by calling 303.279.0221 or by filling out the contact form on this page.
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