When you use your smartphone to order an Uber or Lyft, you have a reasonable expectation that the ride from Point A to Point B will be accomplished smoothly and without incident. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and you may wind up getting into a serious accident while in an Uber or Lyft.
If you find yourself in this situation, you may be feeling anxious and concerned about the future. You may have medical bills and other expenses piling up while paychecks are being missed because you need time to recover from injuries suffered in the Uber or Lyft accident. This is where an experienced Uber or Lyft accident attorney like Michael Geller can help.
Michael is a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer serving Contra Costa County, Alameda County, San Francisco County, and all other jurisdictions in California. He is ready and able to help you in your time of need. The information below offers important guidance on what to do in the wake of an Uber or Lyft accident.
What To Do as a Passenger Involved in an Uber/Lyft Accident
If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft accident and suffered bodily injuries in the collision, you may be able to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses, including:
- Reimbursement for past and future medical treatment (e.g., costs related to hospitalization, rehabilitation, disability, and other health care related expenses)
- Reimbursement for economic harms such as lost wages, salary, or income
- Loss of future income due to any long-term disability and permanent diminished earnings capacity
- Reimbursement for damaged property
- Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment
- Punitive damages (for outrageous wrongful conduct)
Pursuing Financial Restitution from Uber or Lyft After an Accident
Both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million in insurance coverage per accident under their respective corporate insurance plans, but when specific requirements are met (see below). Both companies also require their drivers to maintain liability insurance coverage on their vehicles. The company insurance policy is accessible if an accident occurred while the driver is actively using the Uber or Lyft app.
Here is how it typically works - when the rideshare app is off, a driver is covered by their own personal automobile insurance policy. When the rideshare app is turned on, the company's liability coverage applies and would conceivably be accessible to victims injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver.
Have Questions? Contact an Experienced Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer in Contra Costa County
If you were seriously injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, your mind is probably inundated with questions and concerns – How will the medical bills get paid? How will the rent get paid if you cannot work for an extended period to recover from your injuries? What steps need to be taken if you are permanently harmed from the accident? These are important questions that warrant clear, direct answers. Those answers can be provided by an experienced car accident lawyer in Contra Costa County with The Geller Firm. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, confidential case review.