Uber and Lyft Accidents
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have made it quicker, easier and more cost-effective to get personal transportation. A swipe of your finger across your smartphone screen can hail the nearest rideshare driver to your location. While these services are convenient, the drivers for these companies are rarely professional drivers. They are just as likely to cause an accident as anyone else driving on the road. When an Uber or Lyft driver causes a car accident injury in Alabama, both the driver and the rideshare company may be liable for damages.
Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors that agree to perform transportation duties for the company, not the employees. They receive a portion of the fare and must meet certain criteria to drive for these companies. There is a minimum amount of liability insurance they must carry to cover any accidents when they are performing rideshare duties. In addition, Lyft and Uber also have separate liability coverage for the drivers that covers accidents.
Pursuing an Injury Claim for a Rideshare Accident
If a Lyft or Uber driver is in a collision, they may be liable for any injuries or damages caused if they are at fault. This includes injuries to their passenger and injuries to anyone they hit or occupants in other vehicles involved in the accident. If you are among the injured victims in a Lyft or Uber accident, you need to know what your options are to receive compensation to pay your medical bills, lost income and other damages caused by the accident.
Since there may be more than one insurance company involved in an Uber or Lyft injury accident, these claims can be complex. Like all insurance claims, the insurance companies are always looking out for their bottom line. It is important to have a personal injury attorney to help you get the most for your injury claim. Contact the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown in Montgomery to discuss your accident and explore options for compensation.