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Uber and Lyft Accidents

Personal injury and property loss claims related to Uber and Lyft are particularly complex.  If you were injured as a passenger during an Uber or Lyft ride, you will be covered by their commercial liability coverage.

If the responsibility for the accident was in the hands of another driver, you can file a claim against the at-fault driver. However, if the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured, Uber and Lyft have policies that may cover damages following an accident.


The damages available to victims in Uber and Lyft accidents may include:


- Emotional distress

- Lost wages

- Medical bills

- Loss of consortium

- Physical therapy

- Lost earning capacity

- Pain and suffering


If you've been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, call us immediately. 


Accident Stages: What You Need to Know as a Driver


Your ability to claim compensation will depend on your driver status at the time of the accident. Rideshare companies generally divide compensation by driver stages, which are as follows:


-First stage


In this stage, you are connected to your app but have no customers in your queue. If an accident occurs while you are in this stage, then the rideshare company is responsible  for personal injury expenses and for property damage. It should be noted that if you are found at fault for the accident, you will likely need to pay for your own repairs.


-Second stage


If you are connected to your app and receive a ride request at the time of the accident, then you are in the second stage. You need not have picked up the passenger to receive the benefits of this stage. This could includes $1 million in liability coverage. You will be able to collect this regardless of the other driver's coverage.


-Third stage


If you have a passenger in the car with you when you are in an accident, then you may be eligible for liability coverage.


Why You Must Defend Your Rights


A serious car accident can put you in the hospital for quite some time. You may need to undergo a series of surgeries and extensive treatments to fully recover. Such procedures are not cheap. At the end of your hospital stay, you may be faced with a large medical bill. If your injuries were serious enough, you may need to remain on medication and hire a home care provider. If the accident has made it impossible for you to return to work immediately, you will also need financial help to survive.


It is right for you to vigorously defend your personal injury claims. Our ride-sharing app accident lawyers can help you do that.


Getting What is Rightfully Yours


Although time and the law have been catching up with the quickly expanding rideshare industry, companies continue to fight to reduce the amount of money they must pay drivers injured in an accident while working.

The company you work for may deploy several tactics to undermine your claim, the most common of which is to make the accident seem as though it is the result of your negligence or recklessness. Putting you at fault for the accident reduces the amount of compensation they will need to pay. You must not let them get away with this. Hiring an experienced ride-sharing accident lawyer is a necessary first step to getting what is rightfully yours.


Evidence Plays a Crucial Role


The first thing your ride-sharing car wreck lawyer will do is gather all the evidence related to the accident. If you are certain that the accident was the fault of the other driver, then our attorneys will seek the evidence necessary to prove that. To make this happen, we will investigate the collison. 


Our legal staff will review and make copies of any traffic camera footage available. As part of our investigation our staff  may interview the passengers in your car at the time and people who witnessed the crash. 


Intricate lawsuits often require an expert to use forensic evidence produced by the crash and develop a computer-based simulation of it. Such programs are admissible in court; they can be potent in backing up your claims.


Our staff may also speak to the medical team that treated you. They may review the records and notes of the physician who managed your care to determine the extent of your debilitation and the prospects for your recovery.


All this information will be used in the fight for your right to a fair and adequate settlement or to win at trial. You should not allow a billion-dollar company to bully and short-change you. If you have been seriously injured as a rideshare driver, you should stop at nothing to get the money you are entitled to.


Call JKT Law Inc. today for a free consultation. 

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(only for Uber and Lyft accidents)

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