Who pays when your rideshare driver causes a serious car accident?
- A passenger who was injured while ridesharing?
- A rideshare driver who was injured on the job?
- A driver or pedestrian who was involved in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver?
If you suffered injuries in a ridesharing crash, you deserve compensation. But, getting fair compensation for this type of accident isn’t easy. Our Pennsylvania Uber/Lyft accident lawyers are here to help.
Rideshare Insurance Requirements
Taxi cabs have licenses through the state. The drivers and the vehicles owners must meet all state and local insurance requirements. If there is an accident, laws specific to taxi cabs determine liability.
Uber and Lyft are not taxi cab services. The vehicles belong to the drivers, not the company. And although Uber and Lyft carry insurance, the drivers must carry personal vehicle insurance to guarantee coverage for all accidents. Yet, the rules determining liability are unclear. In many cases, the company insurance is secondary to the driver’s personal vehicle insurance. And in some cases, there is no insurance coverage at all. If you have any questions about insurance requirements for ridesharing companies, a seasoned lawyer can provide more information.
Confusing Rules Make Uber and Lyft Crases Different from Other Car Accidents
Like most big companies, Uber and Lyft want to make a profit. Paying for accident claims reduces profits, so Uber and Lyft use several “tricks” to avoid paying victims of accidents.
- Ridesharing companies consider themselves a technology providers, much like your cable company or internet service provider. Since it is not a transportation company, Uber and Lyft limit their responsibility for accidents.
- Drivers are not Uber or Lyft employees. All drivers are independent contractors. It is these contractors who are responsible for providing safe transportation.
You choose ridesharing because the company promises a safe ride. But these tactics transfer the company’s responsibility for your safety to the driver. This makes it difficult for victims of rideshare accidents to get compensation from the company. And it hurts accident victims because many drivers have limited insurance coverage. This is unfair. Our lawyer can help you get the compensation you need from Uber or Lyft.
Help From a Pennsylvania Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney
If you were a passenger, driver, or pedestrian in an accident involving Uber or Lyft, you may be eligible for compensation from both the driver’s insurance company and from Uber’s additional policy. It’s not easy to get compensation, but Jon Ostroff and the team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have stood up to the big insurance companies for more than 20 years. We have the skills and experience needed to face Uber and get you the compensation you deserve.
When you sustain injuries, you deserve fair compensation. Attorney Jon Ostroff will evaluate your case and explain your rights. Call our Pennsylvania Uber/Lyft accident lawyers to schedule your free consultation.