Uber and Lyft rideshare services have become part of our everyday lives. Drivers from each company flood the streets of not only Bucks County but many other counties and cities across the country. However, with the spread of rideshare companies has also come the issue of liability for car accidents caused by drivers of these companies. If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you should consult with an experienced Bucks County Uber and Lyft accident injury lawyer.
The Reiff Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys in Bucks County, PA possess decades of combined legal experience, and we can help you fight for compensation in your injury claim. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000. You may also contact us online using our short submission form.
Uber and Lyft Requirements for Compensation for a Car Accident
Drivers employed by Uber or Lyft use rented or personal vehicles to transport passengers from one destination to another. As expected, this requires passengers to be comfortable riding with strangers that are only immediately required to share their first name, make of their vehicle, and their driving record on the respective app. Records of accidents caused or other related data is not available to a passenger.
When an Uber or Lyft driver causes an accident in Bucks County, there are factors that must be considered when a passenger or motorist seeks to pursue compensation. The most important factor is the status of the rideshare driver when the accident occurred. For example, if a rideshare driver causes an accident while their app is turned off, Uber or Lyft will not provide the driver with insurance coverage. As a result, an injured passenger or motorist may have to pursue the driver directly, which can be troublesome if the driver’s insurance is not enough to cover their expenses.
If an Uber or Lyft accident occurs when the driver has logged into the application but has not accepted a ride, the driver will receive limited coverage for a car accident they cause. Under these circumstances, Uber and Lyft will provide a driver with insurance that covers $50,000 per injured person and $100,000 for injuries per accident. However, this insurance coverage will only trigger when the driver’s insurance cannot afford to pay this amount for an accident.
Finally, if an accident happens when a rideshare driver has accepted a ride or when the driver is transporting a passenger, the driver will be fully covered under the insurance policy for either company. Specifically, Uber or Lyft will authorize the use of their 1 million dollar insurance plan for car accidents.
If you are concerned about whether your circumstances will allow you to recover compensation, you should waste no time in speaking with an experienced Bucks County personal injury attorney.
How to Report an Accident with Uber or Lyft in Bucks County, PA
If you were injured in a car accident due to the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, one of the first steps you should take is to seek medical attention and contact law enforcement. Seeking medical attention can help you assess the severity of your injuries, which is important when filing a claim for damages. Even if you do not believe you are injured, it is possible you sustained an injury that may not exhibit symptoms for days or even weeks.
While it is valuable to have a police report after an Uber or Lyft accident, it is still necessary to file a claim with the rideshare company that employed the driver. To report an accident to Uber or Lyft, you can use their respective applications. Each app will have a “help” tab that an injured passenger or motorist can use to file a claim.
The help tab should have information about the driver, the route that was taken by the driver, and the date and time of when the ride started. Using this information and other evidence that was gathered at the scene of the accident, you can proceed to contact a representative from the company that caused your injuries.
Note, however, that the safety specialists for each company will work for the rideshare company. This means that they have an interest in ensuring that their employer does not have to take liability if there any circumstances that allow them to avoid liability. For example, if the accident occurred when the ride was complete, and the passenger was exiting the vehicle, this may become a point of argument.
Our firm is available to help you speak with representatives from Uber or Lyft to ensure that a safety specialist does not diminish your claim. We can help alleviate your concerns about speaking to Uber or Lyft representatives about your claim.
Our Committed Bucks County Uber & Lyft Accident Injury Attorneys are Here for You
If you or a family member was injured due to the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, contact an experienced Bucks County Uber and Lyft accident attorney. The Reiff Law Firm is committed to providing you with the diligent and aggressive legal representation you need to pursue your personal injury claim. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000.