Orangeburg, SC Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
Uber/Lyft crashes can be confusing when it comes time to get compensation. You might think that you file a claim with Uber or Lyft if their driver injured you, but these companies often try to distance themselves from accidents in a way that makes it difficult to sue them. Instead, you will usually file an insurance claim with the driver or sue them directly in court. However, these rideshare companies also have insurance that can help cover the crash.
When trying to get compensation for any accident, it is important to work with a lawyer. Our attorneys understand the ins and outs of these insurance and court systems and can fight to get you compensation at the full value for your injuries.
Call Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers today at (803) 451-4000 for a free review of your case with our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys.
Determining Fault in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Orangeburg, SC
When an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in a crash, there are a lot of details to work out to determine who will be at fault. Additionally, fault – and ultimately the question of who pays compensation – will be determined in part by what part you played in the accident.
You Are a Driver
If you were the driver of another car hit by an Uber/Lyft driver, then the Uber/Lyft driver might be the one you hold responsible for the crash. In these cases, the claim works much like any other car accident case, with trying to hold that other driver responsible. In some cases, the driver will allege that you were partly or fully responsible, and a court might ultimately decide that you and the other driver share fault. You can still get compensation from the other driver for their share of fault as long as you were 50% liable or less.
You Are an Uber/Lyft Passenger
If you were riding in an Uber or Lyft when the crash happened, our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can assist you in filing a claim against one, both, or all drivers involved in the crash. As a passenger, you cannot be liable for the accident, and the drivers will be responsible instead.
In many cases, the rideshare driver will be responsible, but they could also be considered a victim. Ultimately, through a thorough investigation of your accident and its circumstances, we can determine which driver or drivers were at fault and hold them each responsible for their fair share of the damages. This might mean filing insurance claims with multiple drivers, but Uber/Lyft’s insurance policy should cover the accident whenever a rider is in the rideshare car. This could cover all or at least most of your damages.
You Are Another Passenger
If you were injured while riding as a passenger in another car, you still would not be liable because you were a passenger. Like with an Uber passenger, you can hold all drivers responsible for their fair share of the crash. However, if the Uber/Lyft driver was not on duty when they hit you, or they were not either carrying a passenger or on the way to pick up a passenger, then Uber/Lyft’s highest insurance policy might not kick in to cover the accident. Even so, the driver must still carry insurance to cover injuries they cause while working as an Uber or Lyft driver.
You Are a Pedestrian or Cyclist
If you were outside all cars when you were hit, then there will be questions of whether you did contribute to the accident. If you were jaywalking as a pedestrian or breaking the law while riding a bike, you could be held partially liable for the accident. If not, then we can help hold either the Uber/Lyft driver or another driver fully responsible. Some crashes are also caused by a combination of multiple drivers’ mistakes, in which case we can hold each driver liable for their fair share of damages.
You Are an Uber/Lyft Driver
Not every crash involving a rideshare driver is caused by the driver. Our attorneys also represent injured rideshare drivers in cases against other drivers who injured them. While your rideshare insurance and the insurance for the company you work with might partly cover your accident, most of the compensation will likely come from the other driver’s insurance.
Suing vs. Insurance Claims for Injuries in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Orangeburg, SC
When you are hurt in a car crash, insurance should cover your injuries. All drivers are required to carry insurance, especially rideshare drivers. Uber and Lyft drivers should have additional insurance beyond what the law requires of non-commercial drivers, plus the rideshare companies themselves have additional supplemental insurance that covers crashes their driver’s insurance falls short on. There is even a $1 million policy that should kick in in any accident where the driver was picking up a rider or already had a rider in their car.
However, just because there is insurance does not mean the insurance company will pay. With many overlapping policies, it is often difficult to determine which company to file a claim with, and our lawyers will be able to help you determine the order in which to file your claims. We can also help you determine when a lawsuit might be the way to go instead of relying on insurance.
If the insurance companies refuse to pay at the full value you deserve, we can take them and their drivers to court and fight the case in a lawsuit for you.
Call Our Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys in Orangeburg, SC Today
Call (803) 451-4000 for a free case assessment with the Uber and Lyft accident attorneys from Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers today.
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