Holding Uber, Lyft & Other Rideshare Companies Accountable
When you use a rideshare app, you do so under the pretense that you are signing up for a safe ride, that the driver will not act negligently, and that the vehicle itself will be in working condition. Rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, even promote their services as being safe, convenient alternatives to public transportation — particularly after a night out. Despite all this, individuals throughout the country are injured in rideshare accidents every year.
Ashcraft & Gerel is dedicated to advocating for rideshare accident victims. We have fought for individuals injured in auto accidents for more than 65 years and have been able to effectively adapt our extensive experience in this area of the law to pursuing rideshare accident lawsuits. If you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare accident, our lawyers want to help.
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Your Legal Rights After a Rideshare Accident
The law grants any person injured by another’s recklessness or negligence the right to pursue compensation from that party. This is done either through your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance or by suing the at-fault party.
Injured parties who qualify for a rideshare accident claim include:
- Rideshare passengers, who were traveling inside the rideshare vehicle at the time of the accident
- Passenger car/truck drivers, who were hit by a negligent rideshare driver
- Other motorists, such as a motorcyclist or commercial truck driver
- Pedestrians, who were struck by a rideshare driver
- Rideshare drivers, who were hit by other motorists or another rideshare driver
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Rideshare Accidents Are Complex
Although rideshare accident cases are similar to run-of-the-mill motor vehicle accident cases, they are more complex because a rideshare company is involved. You will have to report the accident to the rideshare company (for Uber and Lyft, this can be done through their apps or on their desktop sites). In addition, how you and your attorney will approach a rideshare accident case will be slightly different from a regular traffic collision case, as it may involve suing Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare company.
Uber & Lyft Insurance Policies
Uber and Lyft are the largest rideshare companies in the nation, so much so that new laws specifically governing them have been passed or are in the process of being passed. This is only good news for rideshare drivers and riders, particularly as one major point of contention is the question of insurance. For instance, today, Uber and Lyft each have their own $1 million insurance policies under which injured passengers, injured rideshare drivers, and any other injured parties are covered. This includes parties who do not have insurance.
Yet these rideshare companies have remained reluctant to pay injured individuals the compensation to which they are legally entitled. Instead, their insurance agents tend to minimize or deny claims. Sadly, they are often successful in evading accountability in no-fault jurisdictions, like Washington, D.C., where an injured party cannot recover compensation if they are as little as 1% at fault for an accident.
Don’t let a rideshare company deny you your rightful compensation. It is wholly possible to fight back and recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, time missed from school/work, and lost wages, among others.
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About Our Award-Winning Attorneys
Our rideshare accident litigation team stands apart from the competition in several ways, from our more than 65 years of experience to the over $1 billion we have recovered for our clients, to our client-focused approach. We are one of Washington, D.C.’s premier law firms, and our lawyers have been recognized with industry awards and by our peers. Most important of all, however, we have held the confidence of our clients since we first opened our doors and are proud to obtain favorable client review after client review.