Raleigh Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney
Both Uber and Lyft offer affordable rides in Raleigh, North Carolina through rideshare transportation services. Rideshare has transformed the way people – especially millennials – get around, almost shutting out its competitors in the taxicab industry. However, many riders underestimate the potential risks of getting into an Uber or Lyft.
Rideshare drivers can get into accidents just like any other drivers, resulting in injuries to passengers and third parties. In fact, many argue that rideshare drivers are more prone to accidents due to cell phone use behind the wheel. Contact an attorney from Riddle & Brantley after an Uber or Lyft accident in Raleigh. We can help you understand your rights.
Injured as a Passenger?
The at-fault party will either be the Uber/Lyft driver, the other driver, or a third party such as the city for a dangerous roadway. Once it is determined who caused the crash, you will seek damage recovery through this person’s insurance company.
Uber and Lyft both may have million-dollar policies that protect passengers in the event of accidents during rides. Different coverages will apply to an accident according to the phase of the ride. Uber or Lyft will cover your damages as a passenger every time. This is because both insurance policies cover passenger medical bills and property damages while a ride is underway. Whether the Uber/Lyft driver caused your accident or not, you will take your claim up with the company itself.
The first step is calling the police if anyone suffered injuries or expensive property damage. Call 911 and report the crash if your driver doesn’t do so. Then, tell your side of the story to police when they arrive. Next, get medical attention if you have any injuries. Once you’re able, log into the Uber or Lyft app and follow the directions for reporting an accident. The rideshare company’s insurance agents will follow up with you shortly.
Injured Outside of an Uber or Lyft Vehicle?
Your claim might look a little different if an Uber or Lyft driver crashed into you. If the driver was on duty and logged into the app at the time of the crash and he or she caused your accident, the rideshare company will most likely pay for your damages. If the driver was not logged into the app at the time of the wreck, however, your only source of recovery will likely be through the individual driver’s insurance company.
Of course, a third party may at least share liability for your collision with an Uber or Lyft vehicle. For example, you might be able to hold an auto part manufacturer partially responsible for a pair of bad brakes that contributed to the rideshare driver crashing into you. Help from an attorney can be the easiest way to get to the bottom of who caused your accident, why it happened, and who is liable for your damages.
Contact Experienced Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers Today
Uber and Lyft might be relatively new in Raleigh, but our lawyers understand your rights despite this. Riddle & Brantley have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients injured in all types of auto accidents. We know how to handle claims involving rideshare companies and their drivers. Contact our Raleigh accident attorneys for your free consultation today.