Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become very popular in most major American cities, offering an easy alternative to taxis and public transportation. However, when Uber and Lyft drivers get into accidents with other drivers, determining liability and sorting through the related insurance issues can be extremely complex. If you or a relative sustained injuries in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas Uber/Lyft accident lawyer.
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How Can an Attorney Help With an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Uber and Lyft must offer insurance coverage in the event one of their drivers causes an accident and both companies offer accident coverage up to one million dollars for a single incident. However, there are countless disclaimers and exclusions to these policies, and coverage only applies in very specific situations. An attorney can help determine if Uber or Lyft are liable for a client’s injuries or if liability falls to one or more other defendants.
A Nevada personal injury attorney can also handle the client’s other insurance issues, subpoena evidence like phone records and traffic camera data, and arrange for expert witnesses to testify in support of the client’s case. Safety experts, engineers, medical professionals, and financial experts are some of the most commonly seen expert witnesses in car accident cases.
Uber and Lyft Accident Coverage
After the advent of rideshare companies, the unclear nature of liability for accidents with rideshare drivers spurred U.S. lawmakers to create insurance coverage requirements for these companies. Today, both Uber and Lyft carry insurance policies that apply to any accident that occurs with one of their drivers who is on the clock at the time of the accident. If an accident occurs while a driver is on the way to pick up an accepted fare, different coverage terms apply, and the driver must use his or her own personal policy for any accident that happens off the clock or while the driver is waiting to accept another fare.
In some cases, a third party causes an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, and liability for this incident would likely fall to that at-fault driver. Uber and Lyft drivers should also know that their own personal auto insurance coverage will likely not apply if they get into an accident while driving for pay. Every driver should pay very close attention to the fine print of their auto insurance policies if they plan to take up driving for Uber or Lyft for extra income.
Due to the myriad insurance complications that can arise from an Uber or Lyft accident, hiring an attorney to handle your claim is a wise choice. An attorney can help you navigate complex insurance issues, determine liability for your accident, and gather the evidence you need to prove the full extent of your damages. Contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today at (702) 466-1492 to schedule a free consultation with a Las Vegas Uber/Lyft accident attorney.