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Rideshare Services Are Convenient, But Come With Risks

Companies such as Uber & Lyft have pioneered the ridesharing industry over the last 10 years and have become an extremely popular way to get around town. They give you a safe way to travel if you are intoxicated and have helped keep millions of drunk drivers off the roads, but they are not immune from getting into accidents just like any other can. Whether you’ve been in an Uber/Lyft vehicle and gotten injured in an accident or were hit by a rideshare driver, our Colorado Springs rideshare accident attorneys are here to help you get compensation for your injuries so you can get back to life before the accident.

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What Should I Do As A Passenger Involved In An Uber Or Lyft Accident?

The most important thing to do after getting into an accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft is to get yourself to safety first and foremost. If you are on the side of the highway, make sure you get away from the car (safely) and away from traffic. Stopped cars on the highway can cause other drivers to stop unexpectedly and this causes accidents as well as cars swerving to miss the stopped cars so always get yourself as far from the road as you can to avoid getting hit after the accident has happened.

The next thing you should do is Check yourself for injuries. If you are hurt or have any sort of pain, make sure to move slowly so you don’t make your injuries any worse. Contact the police and an ambulance if you or anyone else was hurt so you can get medical attention right away. Have the police come out and direct traffic away from the accident and document the scene of the accident.
You should also take your own documentation of the accident scene such as pictures and videos of the entire scene, including skid marks, crashed vehicles, the roads where the accident happened as well as injuries, if you are able to do so. All of this will help your Colorado Springs rideshare accident attorney put together a solid case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Always make sure to get the rideshare driver’s information as well such as their drivers license, insurance and Uber/Lyft account info so you know who was driving at the time of the accident.
Next, contact a rideshare accident attorney such as Rector Stuzynski LLC for help with your case. The sooner you get a team working on your case, the sooner you can get a settlement. It also helps your lawyer to have fresh evidence and testimony before the witnesses start to forget exactly what happened so don’t delay when talking to an attorney. We have dealt with all types of motor vehicle accidents over the years and with countless wins for our clients, you can be sure that your claim is in good hands with our team of experienced accident lawyers.

A Rideshare Driver Hit Me, What Should I Do?

Whether you are a pedestrian, motorcycle rider, truck driver or driving a car when getting hit by an Uber/Lyft driver, you should follow the same steps as outlined above. Get to safety first to avoid any further injuries, then call the authorities/medical help, document the accident and gather evidence and lastly contact an attorney.

Getting In An Accident While Driving for Uber/Lyft

Driving for Uber/Lyft can be lucrative for anyone needing some extra income, but it also comes with the risk of getting into an accident which can be very costly in the long run. The laws surrounding Uber/Lyft accidents as a driver have been changed many times due to the rideshare companies trying to classify drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, so it is crucial that you hire an attorney that is familiar with these types of accidents and the rideshare companies policies so you can get the best results from your claims. You can hold Uber/Lyft accountable for accidents while driving for them, but there are a lot of details that have to be considered before an accurate outcome of your claim can be given so make sure to reach out to our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

What Type Of Insurance Coverage Do I Have As A Rideshare Driver?

The insurance limits for rideshare drivers are divided up into 4 different periods that have different amounts of coverage based on what period the driver is in when the accident happened. Let’s take a look at these periods in detail.

Offline: If the rideshare driver is logged off of the rideshare app and not in the process of waiting for a ride to come through and haven’t yet accepted a ride, then there is no coverage from Uber/Lyft. The only coverage you have at this point is whatever your personal auto insurance coverage provides, just like any other time you are driving your vehicle.

Period 1: The first period is when you are logged in to your rideshare app, waiting on a ride to come through and are involved in an accident. The rideshare companies have insurance coverage for these situations.
Period 2: When a driver accepts a trip on their app and has not yet picked up the passenger, this is considered Period 2 for both Uber and Lyft.
Period 3: Once the rideshare driver has picked up a passenger then they are in period 3 and will receive insurance coverage from the rideshare company’s insurance provider that may be different from those offered during Periods 1 and 2.
Insurance companies love to deny claims or lowball their compensation offers to injured individuals, so always make sure you have an expert Rideshare accident lawyer on your side when going through the claims process.

What Compensation Can I Receive For My Injuries?

After an accident, there are two main types of compensation available to accident victims. These are known as Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages. To put it simply, economic damages mean any costs associated with the accident that have an exact value to them such as medical expenses, property damage, rehabilitation, lost wages and more. Since these have an exact cost associated with them, they are easy to calculate the amount that is owed.

Non-economic damages are not so simple to calculate because they don’t have an exact number attached to them. This covers things such as emotional distress, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and more. Since these things don’t have a set amount of value, they are usually calculated using a multiplier of the economic damages based on how severe the injuries were. The worse the injuries sustained, the higher the multiplier. You can find out more about how pain and suffering compensation is calculated in this article.

It is important to note that compensation will be divided by the percent that you were liable for the accident though. Meaning if you were 20% at fault for the accident happening, but the other 80% was the other driver’s fault then your compensation package would be reduced by 20%. If you are more than 50% liable for the accident, then you would lose all compensation.

How Can We Determine Liability?

Each accident has a different set of circumstances surrounding the event that bring on their own set of challenges when trying to determine liability. Going back to the insurance coverages provided by Uber/Lyft earlier, we know that if the driver of the rideshare vehicle was on their app and waiting for a ride, on their way to pick up a passenger or giving a ride to a passenger when getting into the accident, then Uber/Lyft will provide coverage through their insurance company. However, if the person that caused the accident was not the rideshare driver, then they will be liable for the costs associated with the accident(or their insurance provider).

Why You Need An Attorney

Navigating a rideshare accident claim is no easy task. Unless you are an attorney yourself that is extremely familiar with the laws surrounding these types of accidents, you should always consult with an attorney before moving forward with your claim. Especially when it involves Uber/Lyft insurance policies because the rideshare companies are always changing how they handle these situations so they are less liable. Also, each state updates their laws regarding these kinds of accidents with rideshare companies so it is a constantly changing environment that needs to be monitored closely to have a complete understanding of the situation.
There are other factors that complicate these types of cases as well.  Depending upon who was at fault for the accident, there may be multiple different insurance policies involved in the claim, including an injured party’s own insurance, if they have first-party coverages such as MedPay or UIM/UM insurance.  As in any car accident, a thorough investigation of insurance coverage is a must in these situations, as this can mean the difference between full compensation and not getting enough to cover necessary medical bills.
When you work with a rideshare accident attorney in Colorado Springs, you are giving yourself the best possible chance at getting maximum compensation for your injuries. This means faster recovery time, less financial stress and getting back to normal life as quickly as possible. Don’t wait to speak with an attorney, reach out to our experts ate Rector Stuzynski LLC today for a free case consultation.

Contact Us For Help With Your Case

At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we deal with car accident claims every day. We have the knowledge and experience required to litigate Colorado Springs rideshare accident claims from start to finish and always put our clients first, so you know you’re getting the best representation possible. Our staff is compassionate, understanding and communicates with you every step of the way so you always know what the next step is and what to expect from your case. With decades of experience winning sizable compensation packages for our clients and over a hundred five star reviews, your claim is in good hands. Call today for a free case consultation or feel free to stop by our office in downtown Colorado Springs and speak with our lawyers in person.

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