Uber/Lyft Accident Attorneys in Newport News
Millions Recovered Successfully for Injured Clients
With the popularity of media apps comes consequences. Rideshare apps are popular these days, especially amongst young people and on weekends – Lyft has reported having over 30 million users as of 2019 and more than 2 million regular drivers. However, the increase in Uber and Lyft rides and drivers also means an increase in accidents on the road. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, it’s important to understand your rights. Our Uber/Lyft accident attorneys in Newport News can work through the complexities of Uber and Lyft claims and can seek compensation for your injuries. With over 45 years in personal injury law, Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, P.L.L.C. have the experience needed to make your problems go away. While going up against a company like Uber or Lyft can be intimidating, our lawyers aren’t afraid to stand up for our clients and achieve the justice you deserve.
Available Damages We Can Recover
Damages victims can sustain after an Uber/Lyft accident are the same as in a normal car accident. If you’ve been injured by a negligent party, our team of professionals can fight for your rights to compensation for your damages.
Since 1973, we have worked tirelessly to recover millions for our clients to help them pay for:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
If your loved one has died in a rideshare accident, you may be able to file a claim for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Financial loss, especially if the deceased was the breadwinner in the family
- Loss of companionship and support
We’re committed to helping victims in Newport News emerge from their cases stronger than ever with our support. We’re here to listen to you, provide you with options, and represent your interests in court.
Determining Liability in a Rideshare Accident
Figuring out who is responsible for any car accident can be complex and require the trained eye of a personal injury lawyer, but generally, liability is based on negligence. Determining liability in an Uber or Lyft accident is no different.
Common examples of negligence in an Uber of Lyft accident include:
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Not paying attention to the road
- Driving while under the influence
However, in a rideshare accident, it’s possible for a Lyft or Uber driver to not be 100% liable. Liability comes down to determining what the driver was doing when the accident took place.
Liability depends on whether the driver:
- Didn’t have a passenger and didn’t have the app turned on
- Was already carrying a passenger or was on route to pick up a passenger
- Had the app turned on and was waiting for a passenger
If the driver had a passenger in their vehicle, the company’s $1 million commercial coverage will go into effect to pay for injuries and property damage. If the driver was not logged into the app, any claims from an accident must be covered by the driver’s personal insurance. Our lawyers are well-versed in rideshare accidents and can investigate so all you have to worry about is focusing on your recovery.
Can I Recover Compensation If I Was Hurt in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
The short answer is yes—just like in any other type of car or motor vehicle accident, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages if you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. Because Virginia follows the rule of pure contributory negligence, you will need to show that you did not share any portion of the fault for the accident. If you were the passenger of the Uber or Lyft, this is easy. If you were the driver of another vehicle, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber or Lyft driver, this could be somewhat more difficult. In Virginia, if you are found to have contributed to the accident by even as little as 1%, you cannot obtain recovery.
Additionally, when it comes to determining how much compensation you can recover after an Uber or Lyft accident in Newport News or anywhere in Virginia, the specific circumstances of the collision will play a key role. Both Uber and Lyft offer different coverage amounts, depending on whether the driver was actively working for their respective rideshare company at the time of the accident and whether they had accepted a ride and/or picked up a passenger.
Generally speaking, there are three “periods” of coverage:
- Period One: The Driver Does Not Have the App Switched on: When a rideshare driver does not have the app turned on, neither Uber nor Lyft offer any coverage in the event of a collision. In short, the driver is not considered to be working for the rideshare company when the app is not switched on and, therefore, the rideshare company is not liable. In such instances, injured individuals can still seek compensation by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s personal auto insurance provider, just as one would in any other type of car or motor vehicle accident.
- Period Two: The Driver Has the App Turned on but Has Not Accepted a Ride: When a rideshare driver has the app turned on and is looking for a ride but has not yet accepted one, Uber and Lyft offer insurance coverage in the following amounts: $25,000 in bodily injury per person, $50,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. This coverage kicks in once the at-fault driver’s own insurance policy has been exhausted, meaning you will first need to file a claim with the driver’s auto insurance provider before turning to Uber or Lyft’s coverage.
- Period Three: The Driver Has the App Turned on and Has Accepted a Ride: In the event that the driver has the app switched on and has accepted a ride, whether the driver has already picked up the passenger or is on his or her way to pick up the passenger, Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in death, bodily injury, and property damage coverage per accident. So, if you are hurt as a passenger in an Uber or are injured by a Lyft driver who is on his way to pick up a passenger, this $1 million coverage applies.
For more information on what to do if you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact our firm and request a free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys.
Rideshare Safety Tips
While it’s impossible to predict when any auto accident might occur, including an Uber or Lyft accident, there are some steps you can take to help ensure your own safety:
- Review the driver’s rating. Uber and Lyft allow passengers to rate drivers; you can see these ratings when choosing a ride. If a driver has a rating you are not comfortable with, cancel the ride and request another.
- When sharing the road with Uber and Lyft drivers (look for mandatory windshield/dashboard stickers indicating rideshare drivers), utilize caution. Rideshare drivers may be lost, distracted by GPS devices, or looking for passengers, meaning they may not be paying attention to the road and others around them. Give rideshare drivers that seem to be acting negligently or erratically a wide berth.
- Uber and Lyft have both come under fire for improper conduct and assault by their drivers. Try not to ride alone in an Uber or Lyft but, if you must ride alone, ride in the backseat. Always identify the vehicle by license plate number and confirm that the driver matches the driver noted on the app. Do not share your personal information with a rideshare driver and consider sharing the details of your ride—such as the name of your driver, their license plate number, and where you are going—with a friend or another trusted person.
- Wear your seatbelt. Not only is it the law, but it is also the very best way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Countless studies have shown that there is a significantly increased risk of serious injury or death, even at low speeds, when passengers do not wear their seatbelts.
If you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, either as a passenger or otherwise, turn to Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, P.L.L.C. for help with your personal injury claim.
There’s no need to be intimidated by rideshare companies when you have our support. Call our Newport News Uber/Lyft accident attorneys at (757) 330-3425.
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