Learn how to recover compensation following a ride-sharing accident

Can You Sue Uber or Lyft for a Car Accident?

Have you been injured in a car accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing vehicle? It is very important to understand your rights in this situation. Otherwise, you could become confused and miss out on valuable compensation.

What to Do if the Uber Driver Was at Fault

Seeking compensation for an Uber accident is very similar to seeking compensation for any type of car accident caused by a commercial driver: you will be targeting the company, not the employee. This is necessary because personal car insurance does not cover accidents that happen while the individual is engaged in commercial activity.

While Uber drivers are not technically employees, Uber is nonetheless responsible for any accidents their drivers may cause while providing rides for the company. This means that whether you were a passenger in an Uber car, a driver or passenger in another car hit by an Uber car, or a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist injured by an Uber car, if the Uber driver was at fault you can sue Uber for your injuries and suffering. Your compensation will be provided out of the $1 million in state-mandated liability insurance that Uber and other ride-sharing companies are required to carry.

However, it is important to bear in mind that this $1 million in coverage only applies to accidents caused after a driver has accepted a ride request on the company’s app and before they complete the ride. Accidents caused while the driver is logged into the app but not in the process of providing a ride will be covered by a lower amount of insurance.

What to Do if Another Driver Was at Fault

If you are the driver or the passenger of an Uber vehicle, and someone else causes you to have an accident, you may still end up seeking compensation from Uber. However, first you would have to attempt to get compensation from the at-fault party. If it turns out that they have no insurance or inadequate insurance, you can then turn to Uber’s uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for your compensation. Uber and other companies are required by law to carry $1 million in uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Need Help with an Uber Accident Claim?

Going up against a big corporation like Uber can be challenging. Even if liability is clear in your case, they may still be reluctant to provide the full amount of compensation you need for damages like medical bills, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you want to maximize your compensation—and minimize the stress of dealing with Uber and other corporations—you need to hire The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. As southern California’s #1 auto accident firm, you can trust us to provide the best quality representation and resolve your Uber accident claim as quickly and advantageously as possible. Call 800-333-0000 now for a free consultation.