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Uber & Lyft Accidents

Uber & Lyft Accidents Attorney in Seattle

Get the Compensation You Deserve

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.

Attorney Rob Kornfeld has a firm understanding of auto accident laws, and he has the experience necessary to adequately represent injured clients. With over 38 years of experience, Attorney Rob Kornfeld understands how difficult it can be to handle the legalities of a crash when you are still recovering from injuries. At Kornfeld Law, our legal team will handle the legalities of your case so that you can focus on what’s important—getting back on your feet.

Call (425) 657-5255 today for a free consultation, or email Rob at for a quick answer to your legal questions.

Uber and Lyft Insurance Policy Analysis

Two of the most commonly used rideshare companies, Lyft and Uber, treat their drivers in a way that allows the company 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, which isn’t much, in most incidents, but this coverage only extends so far. According to their insurance policies, coverage only extends to the driver and subsequent passengers when the 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.” 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 creates a serious problem because if a passenger has a negligent driver who failed to update the app or if the app is turned off during the drive for any reason, the passenger may lose all coverage from the ride-share company. While the company requires every driver to have their own personal insurance policy, sometimes the policy may not be enough to cover medical bills, physical damage, and pain and suffering.

In order to obtain the compensation you need after a crash, you need to consider your legal options. Attorney Rob Kornfeld can work closely with you to identify the liable party and pursue maximum compensation for the resulting damages. Ride-share accidents can be severely damaging and life-altering, which is why you need to act fast to ensure you receive the damages you need and deserve.

What Makes Our Firm Unique

  • 40+ Years of
    Proven Legal Experience
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    Justice for Each Client
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    We Win Your Case

Common Injuries and Your Rights

As with most car accidents, passengers and drivers in ride-share crashes can sustain serious injuries. In ride-share vehicles, the passengers typically ride in the backseat. From this vantage point, passengers could collide with one another, or they might strike the door, window, the seat in front of them, or the center divider.

Common types of car accident injuries include:

  • Neck and back injuries, especially whiplash
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Knee, hip or leg injuries
  • Sprains or broken bones, especially in the arms or wrists
  • Wrongful death

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident involving Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare service, you need to act quickly to recover compensation for the damages you suffered. Car accidents can be extremely damaging, and the lasting harm can be extremely difficult to contend with. These types of incidents can result in major medical expenses, ongoing medical care, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. If you were harmed due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to pursue justice and compensation.

Addressing Uber and Lyft Accidents in Seattle: Local Resources & Support

Seattle's bustling streets and heavy traffic can, unfortunately, lead to Uber and Lyft accidents. As a local resident, you may be familiar with the challenges of navigating through areas like Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, and the busy I-5 corridor. These high-traffic zones are often hotspots for rideshare accidents, making it crucial to understand your rights and the resources available to you.

Navigating Uber and Lyft Accidents in Seattle

In the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft accident, dealing with the complexities of insurance claims and legal proceedings can be overwhelming. As such, it is one of the most significant pain points for Seattle residents. At Kornfeld Law, we understand the unique challenges faced by our community. Our team is well-versed in local laws and regulations, and we are committed to helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.

You may also still be suffering from injuries, making it difficult to handle the legal aspects of your case. Our team can take on your case on your behalf, allowing you to rest and heal while we work diligently to pursue the compensation you need.

Whether the accident occurred on the busy streets of Seattle or in neighboring areas like Kirkland, Bellevue, or Everett, our firm can provide quality legal assistance. We are familiar with the local courts and have a deep understanding of the specific challenges that come with Uber and Lyft accidents in our region. Let us handle the legal complexities so you can focus on recovery and moving forward.

Contact Our Firm Today

Our experienced Seattle rideshare accident attorneys, particularly Rob Kornfeld, understands what it’s like to suffer the repercussions of a major car accident. That’s why he is passionate about helping the injured fight for their rights and a fair financial recovery. Don’t let big rideshare companies and their insurers get away with overlooking or minimizing your damages in a crash. Let our firm help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Kornfeld Law to speak with our legal team. We accept injury and wrongful death cases in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle, Everett, and the Greater Washington State Area. Plus, we take out-of-state cases. Call (425) 657-5255 today for a free consultation, or email Rob at for a quick answer to your legal questions.

Understanding Rideshare Liability in Accidents

One of the first things to consider in a rideshare accident case is potential liability. You need to identify the liable party because they should be held responsible for your damages, including medical bills, future medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

If the driver was texting while the accident occurred, perhaps driver negligence was a factor. If the car malfunctioned or a part was faulty, the manufacturer may be to blame. In most situations, however, you need to evaluate the accountability of the rideshare company.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • $225,000 Age Discrimination

    Age Discrimination and Wrongful Termination: 62 Year old woman employed by insurance company for over 25 years years is replaced by younger and less skilled worker because of her age and her inability to be treated equally as younger workers. Our client claimed she was constructively discharged and was forced to quit. Settlement short of trial was for $225,000.

  • $2,825,000 Brain Injury

    John Doe v. Hospital and Doctor, (Superior Court – Confidentiality Settlement) Baby suffered from hypoxia and traumatic brain injury during birth caused by negligence of treating doctor and hospital nursing staff.

  • $2,500,000 Brain Injury

    Jane Doe v. Health Care Center (Superior Court – confidentiality settlement) Patient suffered from horrific headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred and double vision–was told she had the flu. Over several weeks no imaging studies were ordered of the patient’s brain to rule out an intracranial bleed or subarachnoid hemorrhage.

  • $300,000 Brain Injury

    Mild traumatic brain injury at a local Jr. High School where a student fell over an unguarded edge to the pavement five feet below.

  • $300,000 Brain Injury

    An ex Army veteran recovered $300,000 after suffering a mild traumatic brain injury in a car accident. There was no objective signs of injury but neuropsychological testing was abnormal.

  • $750,000 Brain Injury

    Pierce v. Reliance: A commercial truck driver suffered a brain injury and underwent spinal surgery with placement of steel rods in his back.

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