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Uber and Lyft accidents often arise due to the negligence of the rideshare company or one of its drivers. As someone in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle as a passenger, while in another vehicle, as a pedestrian or a bicyclist, you may have the right to bring a claim against the rideshare company or with another insurer in pursuit of financial damages. The Peoria Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at The Law Offices of John Phebus can help you with a claim to damages in Arizona. Please call (623) 847-7117 today for a free consultation with our attorneys.
If you get into a collision with a rideshare vehicle, prepare things as if you will be bringing a personal injury claim – even if you are unsure whether you have grounds for one. A little preparation can go a long way toward keeping you safe and protecting your rights. A critical step is to seek immediate medical care for your injuries. Uber and Lyft’s insurance companies may try to reduce your settlement amount for failure to obtain prompt medical attention for your injuries.
Keep copies of all your medical records, insurance letters and treatment plans. Take photographs and videos of your car accident and injuries to use as evidence for your case later. Write down the name of the Uber/Lyft driver and the vehicle’s license plate numbers. If you were a rider, take a screenshot of the ride receipt and report the accident through the rideshare app.
Call the police if you were in a serious rideshare accident that caused injuries or expensive property damage. Then, contact a car accident attorney. Going about your claim alone could expose you to errors many claimants make, such as accepting a lowball settlement offer for serious injuries. Consulting with a Peoria Uber and Lyft accident attorney can give you advice you can trust about the insurance process.
A Peoria personal injury lawyer can help you identify the appropriate liable party during your Uber or Lyft accident claim. You may have grounds to file a case with the rideshare company’s insurance provider, or else you may file with the individual driver’s insurer or your provider instead. Uber or Lyft might be directly liable if the company made a mistake such as failing to check a driver’s background. The company will not be vicariously liable for its drivers, however, since they are independent contractors. Instead, a rideshare driver’s mistake could lead to liability on the individual for an accident that injures a rider, third-party driver, bicyclist or pedestrian.
Under Uber’s insurance policy, the company will offer all or a portion of its $1 million insurance coverage to cover victims’ damages after an Uber accident, depending on when the crash occurred. If the app was off, the driver’s personal insurance will cover damages. If the driver had the app on and was awaiting a ride request, Uber’s insurance will apply to third-party damages in the following amounts: $25,000 for property damage, $50,000 for bodily injuries per person and $100,000 for bodily injuries per accident. If the driver was en route to pick up a rider or bringing a rider to his or her destination, the full $1 million will apply to cover victims’ damages. Lyft has a matching million-dollar insurance policy with the same parameters.
At The Law Offices of John Phebus, you will have everything you need for a strong claim to damages after an Uber or Lyft accident in Peoria, Arizona. John Phebus and his associates have the resources and abilities to investigate your crash, collect evidence, name the defendant, help you file a claim and fight for maximum compensation. You will only pay for our legal fees if and when we win your case. Start by requesting a free consultation online or calling us at (623) 847-7117 today.