Depending on the specific circumstances involved in an accident, certain challenges can arise during the process of filing a personal injury claim. This holds especially true regarding crashes that involve rideshare services such as Uber & Lyft.
Uber & Lyft have grown rapidly in their popularity in recent years. In addition to being a new and novel form of convenient transportation, they have also introduced new legal issues. Through working with our experienced New Hampshire Uber accident attorneys, you can acquire the representation you need in order to navigate suchdetails and work toward the compensation you deserve.
Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services create certain legal issues with regard to victims seeking financial compensation for damages. Among these are issues involving liability and insurance coverage.
- Liability – Rideshare services tend to hire their drivers as independent contractors. This allows companies to dispute or even deny that their drivers may be liable. This holds especially true in instances where the driver is not traveling to pick up a customer, transporting a fare, or using the app in any way. By conducting a thorough investigation of the details of your crash, we can help determine whether or not the company of the driver can be held liable.
- Coverage – Rideshare companies vary in their policies regarding insurance coverage. Take Uber for example. They have a $1 million commercial policy covering riders and any other victims that might be injured as a result of the actions of their drivers. But this policy only applies when a driver is either taking a fare to a destination or on his or her way to pick up a passenger. Therefore, if an Uber driver who was on the job injured you in another vehicle or as a pedestrian, this policy may cover you. In addition, Uber has underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, meaning you may still be covered by this same policy regardless of who was at fault for the crash. You may still be required to seek compensation from the rideshare service’s contingent insurance policy or the driver’s personal insurance, however, in the event that the Uber driver was not actively transporting a fare. These policies will tend to have lower limits.
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft crash, either as a rideshare passenger or as another motorist involved in such a collision, our legal team can assist you in better understanding your rights and potential compensation that may be owed to you. In each case, we are committed to conducting a rigorous investigation and reviewing all relevant facts so we can pursue the highest possible amount of compensation.
Remember, insurance companies are in the business of making profits. That means they will make every effort to reduce your compensation, thereby increasing profits for themselves. Our New Hampshire Uber accident attorneys have experience in dealing with such situations. We will fight for your best interest. Contact us today.