ridesharing accident

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular as a quick and easy way to get around town. The service allows users to request a ride through the company’s iPhone or Android app, and a driver who is close by will then pick them up. Use of Uber and Lyft has skyrocketed as the service is generally much faster than calling a cab. However, the chance of getting in a car accident does not decrease while in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. The aftermath of such an accident can create complex and confusing legal issues leaving those injured with frustrating questions and a pile of mounting expenses. An experienced attorney can help sort through these obstacles after a Providence car accident involving Uber or Lyft.

Why are Accidents Involving Uber or Lyft Different From Other Car Accidents?

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Uber and Lyft classify their drivers as “independent contractors” instead of employees in an effort to keep overhead costs low and deny responsibility when drivers are involved in accidents. Ridesharing companies consider themselves to be technology providers instead of transportation companies, which allows more blame to be placed on drivers. However, the driver’s personal insurance may deny coverage as the car is being used for work. These circumstances often raise questions about insurance coverage for an accident.

Generally, the compensation you can receive after an Uber or Lyft accident is the same as any other accident. However, the level of coverage will depend on the situation. Ridesharing services require their drivers to carry insurance. Thus, if the driver is at fault for the accident, injured parties may file claims against the driver’s personal policy. Uber and Lyft also maintain insurance, and if an accident occurs while a driver is on duty, injured parties may receive compensation from the company’s insurance policy also.

Steps to Take After an Accident Involving Uber or Lyft:

medical attention given to ridesharing accident victimFirst, make sure you seek emergency medical attention if needed. It is also important to document as much as you can about what happened in the accident. Try to write down a sequence of events. Also, take pictures of the scene of the accident if possible. Speak to any surrounding witnesses who may have seen the accident. Obtain documentation of the accident and any medical treatment you have received or are receiving. It is also best to speak with an experienced lawyer as the ridesharing company’s insurer is most likely more interested in denying your claim then helping to cover your expenses.

Contact an Experienced Providence Car Accident Lawyer

Providence Car Accident Lawyer meeting ridesharing victimIf you or someone you know has been injured in a Providence car accident, contact one of our experienced Providence car accident lawyers located at 390 Broadway, Providence RI 02909. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-831-8600 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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