Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
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In recent years, ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in Michigan. While these services can be convenient, their drivers can also be involved in car accidents that leave people seriously injured.
If you were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver or injured in a car accident while riding in a ride-share vehicle, you need to know your legal rights. We can help. The car accident attorneys at Fraser & Souweidane, PC have the experience you need to help you move your case forward.
Legal implications of a ride-share accident
Because ride-share services are relatively new, their legal status is complex and somewhat poorly defined. Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors rather than employees of the ride-share companies, which means it can be difficult to hold Uber or Lyft liable for accidents they cause.
In general, an accident involving a ride-share driver who is not currently acting in a ride-share capacity is covered by the driver’s personal auto insurance, just like any other accident. When a ride-share driver is available for fares via the Uber or Lyft app but is not actually transporting or picking up a passenger, then the insurance situation becomes more nebulous. The driver’s personal auto insurance may cover an accident, but if it does not, the ride-share companies carry contingent liability coverage that may kick in. Finally, if an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in a crash while actually transporting a passenger, the ride-share companies provide liability coverage worth at least $1 million.
The upshot in these situations is that more coverage may be available to pay for your accident-related expenses. The downside is that proving a ride-share driver’s status at the time of the accident introduces another layer of complexity to your claim – and as in any accident, the insurance company will use every advantage they can to limit your recovery.
An experienced lawyer will investigate on your behalf
When you contact Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, we’ll go right to work to make sure your rights are protected. Our attorneys will carefully investigate your case. We’ll talk to witnesses, examine the crash scene and recover whatever records we can in order to get to the bottom of what happened. And we’ll explore every possible avenue of compensation so that we can fight for a full and fair recovery for you.
If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, take your case seriously right from the start. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.