Rideshare companies including Uber and Lyft are becoming more common in everyday life, which means there are a growing number of accidents involving rideshares. Studies have found that accidents noticeably increased in cities after they allowed rideshare companies to operate within their limits.

This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, you are not alone. With the help of a determined and qualified car accident attorney you can receive the compensation you are owed.

Actions to Take Immediately After a Rideshare Crash

If you were recently involved in a rideshare crash you might be wondering what steps to take and how procedures might be different from any other accident.

If you were not driving for a rideshare company at the time, your steps should be:

  1. Check for injuries, receive necessary medical attention
  2. Call your personal injury lawyer
  3. Contact your insurance company

If you were driving for a rideshare company at the time of the accident, your steps should be:

  1. Check for injuries, receive necessary medical attention
  2. Call your personal injury lawyer
  3. Contact your rideshare company
  4. Contact your personal insurance company

As with any accident, it is important that you don’t post about it on social media and that you talk to your lawyer before making any statements.

Determining Liability in a Rideshare Accident

As with any accident, determining liability is key to receiving compensation. Your compensation is calculated based on the level of damage and the amount you are responsible for the crash.

When determining liability, you can be in one of three roles:

  1. A third party driver, passenger, or pedestrian;
  2. A passenger of a rideshare; or
  3. A rideshare driver.

Liability is determined by the courts, as with any other accident. A lawyer will help you prove that you were not the one at fault.

Once liability is decided, the party found to be at fault is responsible for covering any damages the judge says they are responsible for. The damages are usually paid for by the insurance of the party found to be at fault.

Determining Insurance Coverage in a Rideshare Accident

All drivers and vehicle owners in Louisiana are required to have basic insurance, and injured drivers can be denied compensation if they aren’t insured, even if they weren’t at fault. If the driver at fault is uninsured in a rideshare accident you will need to contact your insurance company to understand your options.

If the driver at fault is sufficiently covered, their insurance should pay for damages for all injured parties. If the insurance coverage isn’t enough, the responsibility falls to the driver.

If the rideshare driver is found to be at fault, they may or may not be insured by their company. Uber and Lyft have million dollar liability policies that kick into place as soon as a passenger agrees to get a ride, which means the driver is covered while they are on their way to pick up a passenger and while they are driving their passenger.

Unfortunately for drivers, this means that there is a period in between when they start working and when they find a client that they are not insured by their company or their insurance, because they are technically working. Uber does have a policy that covers drivers in this period for up to $50,000 for injuries, $25,000 for property damage, and $100,000 total.

Potential Damages from Rideshare Accidents

 

  • Medical

After your accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention. If you sustained any injuries you could be eligible for compensation.

  • Property

If the accident damaged your car or objects of value on your being at the time of the accident, the driver found to be at fault could be responsible for covering the cost of repairing or replacing your property.

  • Emotional

Recovering after an accident can be difficult. Sometimes it’s impossible. If your accident caused you significant pain and suffering, you could be eligible for compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rideshare accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Get a lawyer who will fight to get you everything you deserve. The attorneys at Parker Layrisson Law Firm are proud to stand by your side.

Contact Parker Layrisson Law Firm today to speak to a lawyer or fill out a free online case review.