Virginia Beach Uber/Lyft Accident Attorneys
Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are now present in most areas of the U.S., replacing taxis as alternative modes of travel. However, the popularity of ridesharing means the more accidents there are every year. What can be difficult about determining liability in a rideshare accident is that there are certain cases in which companies are responsible, but for the most part, drivers aren’t company employees, and they own their own cars. If you’ve been involved in an accident, our Virginia Beach Uber/Lyft accident attorneys can help you sort through the details of your case.
Options for Injured Passengers
If you were injured in a Lyft or Uber as a passenger, you have several options for insurance coverage.
- Using the individual coverage of the driver (rarely applicable, as ridesharing drivers typically don’t have commercial insurance policy)
- Accessing the insurance policy of another driver involved
- Making a claim against the ridesharing company’s third-party liability insurance
If you were involved in a serious accident, you most likely would want to make a claim, as both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million for injuries and property damage in an accident. However, the coverage only is effective if the driver’s individual insurance is exhausted.
To make a claim against a rideshare company, you need to prove that:
- The driver didn’t have enough insurance to compensate you for your injuries
- The driver involved wasn’t identified (a hit and run driver)
Our lawyers can help you file a claim – not only do we have more than 45 years of experience, but we also remain up-to-date with ridesharing company news. We have the resources to investigate your case and provide the evidence needed to prove your claim.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft?
The short answer to this question is no. Uber and Lyft drivers are considered to be independent contractors, not employees of the companies. Over the years, we’ve seen the companies protect themselves from direct liability allegations by distancing themselves from their drivers. Fortunately in most cases, personal injuries can be covered by the companies’ insurance policies.
Damages We Can Recover
Personal injuries you can sustain from a car accident can range from minor to severe, and include injuries like cuts and bruises, fractures and sprains, broken bones, brain and head trauma, and even death. These injuries can take a huge financial toll, especially if you don’t have money saved away for emergencies such as this one. We’ve won millions for our injured clients because we’re dedicated to securing the justice they deserve.
We can seek compensation to cover the following damages:
- Medical bills, including X-rays and hospital stays
- Lost wages from missing work
- Lost income from death of a loved one
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
Injuries can have a massive impact on the way you’ll live your life in the future. You may have a long-term or even permanent disability that requires lifelong treatment, emotional trauma that demands therapy, or you may have lost a beloved family member that has left a gaping hole in your life. Our Virginia Beach Uber/Lyft accident attorneys take each case seriously because we know that whatever the situation, you deserve to have everything you need to heal.
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