Seattle Uber & Lyft Accidents Attorney
Injured in a Rideshare Vehicle Accident? We Can Help!
Drivers of rideshare vehicles like Uber and Lyft don’t have to meet many requirements in order to gain employment, which sometimes leads to harmful accidents. Rideshare drivers are entrusted with the task of taking people where they need to go, sometimes across town or even further. Driving in unfamiliar areas can lead to small driver errors or traffic violations, endangering passengers and surrounding vehicles alike. Most drivers rely on the help of navigation systems, which can be distracting and dangerous as well. Regardless of the reason, any rideshare accident can result in serious damage, physical injuries and mental trauma. If you were injured in an accident, contact a Seattle car accident attorney at our firm for help.
At Kornfeld Law, our lawyers have a firm understanding of auto accident laws, and we have the experience necessary to adequately represent injured clients. With over 35 years of experience, we understand how difficult it can be to handle the legalities of a crash when you are still recovering from injuries. At our firm, our legal team will handle your case with precision and efficiency so that you can focus on your health and wellbeing.
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One of the first things to consider in a rideshare accident case is who should be held liable for the harm inflicted on the victim. If the driver was texting while the accident occurred, perhaps driver negligence was a factor. If the care had a faulty part of it malfunctioned, the manufacturer may be to blame. In most situations, however, it’s important to evaluate the accountability of the rideshare company.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Policies
The two most commonly used rideshare companies, Lyft and Uber, treat their drivers in a way that allows them to escape as much responsibility as possible, in the event of a crash. Each of these companies has a $1 million insurance policy to cover damages to any injured parties, but this coverage only extends so far. The policy will only apply when a driver is working. It sounds simple, but the devil is in the details. In order for the rideshare company to extend coverage to the injured party or driver, the driver must have had his or her app on, and they had to be “active.” However, if the driver has the app on, but is “awaiting a fare,” or waiting for a passenger, the policy will only offer a limited amount of coverage. If the app is off, only the driver’s personal insurance coverage is effective.
This is extremely difficult because if a passenger has a negligent driver who failed to update the app, “accepting a fare,” or of the app is turned off during the drive for any reason, the passenger may lose all coverage by the rideshare company. While the company requires every driver to have their own personal insurance policy, sometimes these may not be enough to cover medical bills, physical damage, and pain and suffering. The best thing to do is contact a Seattle personal injury attorney at Kornfeld Law who is familiar with Uber and Lyft accidents and has the resources to handle your case appropriately.
Common Rideshare Vehicle Accident Injuries
Like with most car accidents, passengers and drivers can sustain any number of injuries, depending on the circumstance of the accident. In rideshare vehicles, the passengers typically ride in the backseat, so common injuries include damage sustained from collision with the back of the front seats, or contact with either of the side doors. Common injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries, especially whiplash
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Knee or leg damage
- Sprains or broken bones, especially in the arms or wrists
Seek compensation for your damages and connect with one of our offices in either Seattle, Kirkland, or Everett. Contact Kornfeld Law and speak with our legal team about your next step.