The New Wave of Car Accidents: Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Crash?
A car crash attorney who knows how to win Uber and Lyft accident claims
Every day, people from Rockville and millions of others use popular ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, but when drivers or passengers are in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft things can get complicated, and experienced Maryland car accident lawyer Stuart L. Plotnick can help.
Uber took the world by storm in 2009 and since then has transformed the way people define and use public transportation. A few years later Lyft was launched, and now the two ridesharing services are responsible for giving millions of passengers rides every day. Just like with any other kind of public transportation, accidents happen all the time and people get injured. If you have been hurt in a car accident with an Uber or Lyft driver or were injured as an Uber or Lyft passenger, getting compensation might not be as simple and straightforward as you think.
That’s when the experience and knowledge of Uber car accident attorney Stuart L. Plotnick can help. Attorney Plotnick has recovered millions for accident victims, and he is a dedicated car accident lawyer who will help you through the legal process, every step of the way. Contact our Rockville law firm today for a free consultation. We serve injured clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Uber and Lyft accidents explained by a Rockville car crash lawyer
Uber and Lyft drivers are people who make money as independent contractors working for a ridesharing service. While there’s been debate about whether Uber drivers are actual employees of the company or not, one thing is clear ─ they get into accidents just like everyone else, and people get hurt as a result. There are a few different types of crashes that can occur involving Uber or Lyft drivers, and all of them can result in a person getting hurt. They are:
- The Uber or Lyft driver gets into a car accident while you are their passenger: If you were injured in a car accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, it can be confusing to figure out whether or not the driver’s insurance or the ridesharing company’s insurance is responsible for coverage. In the case of the other driver, Uber only is obligated to trigger its insurance coverage if its driver was at fault and/or the other drive was at fault but his/her coverage is too little to cover your injuries. Keep in mind you can always make a PIP claim against Uber regardless of fault.
- An Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident with your car or vehicle: Ridesharing companies also offer coverage for their drivers when they get into accidents with other motorists, depending on what state of service or “drive period” the Uber driver was in when the accident occurred. If the Uber driver was driving, but their app was not on and they weren’t looking to provide transportation, the Uber driver’s personal insurance company would be responsible for coverage. If the accident occurred when the Uber driver’s app was activated and the Uber driver was waiting for a ride request, Uber offers limited liability coverage for personal injury and property damage to the victim of the accident. If the Uber driver was on the way to pick up a passenger or carrying a passenger when the accident happened, Uber has $1 million in coverage that can kick in for personal injury and other damages, depending on the circumstances surrounding the car crash and severity of the injuries suffered.
- An Uber or Lyft driver injures you as a pedestrian or when riding a bike: Similar to if a you get into a car accident with an Uber driver, what “period” the Uber driver was in when the accident occurred will determine which insurance company you will have to deal with and how much coverage is available if you were injured as a pedestrian or cyclist.
Whether you were a passenger in the Uber or Lyft driver’s car, were in a car accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, or were injured as a pedestrian by an Uber or Lyft driver, you have rights and, in most cases, you should be entitled to compensation. There are, however, a lot of different factors and tactics to consider when trying to win a claim, which is why an experienced car accident lawyer like Attorney Stuart L. Plotnick can help.
Let an Uber and Lyft accident attorney from Rockville tackle your claim
When you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, the last thing you should be doing is wasting time trying to negotiate with the wrong insurance company. Even if you are talking with the right insurance company, chances are they aren’t going to offer you a settlement that’s fair or comes close to covering all your accident-related expenses and pain and suffering. Remember, insurance companies don’t make money by paying out large amounts of compensation. They make money by keeping their bottom line high
Attorney Stuart L. Plotnick has the knowledge and experience to help you figure out whose insurance company is responsible for covering your Uber accident. With over 25 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied clients, Attorney Plotnick is a dedicated car accident lawyer who knows what steps to take, what to do, and how to get you fair compensation for your Uber accident injury. Contact our Rockville law firm today for a free consultation.