If you are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, or if a rideshare driver hits you as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or another motorist, you can pursue compensation for your damages. You have the right to hold rideshare companies and their drivers responsible for the losses they caused.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we offer our clients compassionate care, thoughtful guidance, and immediate access. We can help you pursue compensation and protect your right to hold the rideshare parties liable for your injuries. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 865-546-1111 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Uber & Lyft lawyers in Johnson City.
We Will Investigate Your Uber or Lyft Rideshare Accident
Our Uber and Lyft lawyers can help determine whether a commercial company or a private driver is responsible for paying damages in Uber and Lyft vehicle crashes by conducting a thorough investigation of your rideshare accident case. A probe into the vehicle crash helps us establish fault and liability for a rideshare accident.
You may be entitled to make a claim if your Uber or Lyft was in a car accident, but you do not have to unravel the complexities of a rideshare accident alone. We can help you navigate this process to try to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Securing Evidence for Rideshare Accidents
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we secure evidence that shows how the rideshare driver’s negligence caused your accident and contributed to your injury as a passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist.
The evidence we secure may include:
- Police reports
- Video footage of the accident
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Photographs of damaged vehicles
- Photographs of your injuries
- Eyewitness statements about the accident
Collecting evidence to prove negligence helps strengthen your case and establish liability. In a fault state like Tennessee, the party responsible for causing a personal injury accident is liable for damages.
Rideshare Drivers Have Their Own Auto Insurance
Uber driver insurance policies and Lyft driver insurance policies each provide $1 million of liability coverage for accidents involving rideshare drivers, their passengers, uninsured motorists, and hit-and-run drivers.
Rideshare drivers are also required to have their own auto insurance that can cover accidents. A rideshare driver’s personal insurer takes over when the driver causes an accident while the Uber or Lyft app is not on or while they do not have a passenger.
Uber and Lyft Liability Insurance Covers Injury Accidents
In most states, Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors and not rideshare company employees. This means that the rideshare companies may not take responsibility for accidents when a driver’s rideshare app is off.
However, when the driver’s rideshare app is on, Uber and Lyft may be held responsible for their drivers’ actions.
When a rideshare driver causes an injury accident while a passenger is in the vehicle or when the driver hits a pedestrian or bicyclist, Uber and Lyft’s insurance covers the damages.
Insurance for Both Rideshare Drivers and Companies Apply in Some Cases
If the rideshare driver’s app is on and the driver is available to pick up a passenger, and an accident occurs, the driver’s insurer covers damages.
However, if the driver does not have enough liability insurance to pay for all of the damages, Uber and Lyft each have insurance policies that cover at least:
- $50,000 per person for bodily injury
- $100,000 per accident for bodily injury
- $25,000 per accident for property damage
Our investigation helps us to determine which insurance policies apply to your rideshare accident.
Disputing Fault for a Rideshare Accident
Complications can arise when insurers for Uber, Lyft, and the rideshare driver dispute fault for an accident. We know what to do if the other driver in a car accident denies liability. If necessary, we may file a claim against a third-party driver who caused the crash to fight for the recovery you deserve.
Insurers must resolve issues over fault before settling claims. Rest assured that our Uber and Lyft lawyers stay involved to represent your interests and recover compensation from all parties responsible for your losses.
Recoverable Damages in a Rideshare Accident
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we know how car accident settlements work. We will handle all aspects of the insurance claims process, from filing a claim to negotiating a full and fair settlement for your damages.
In a rideshare accident, you may be able to recover a variety of damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Prior to filing a claim, we will estimate the value of your case based on the type of damages you sustained in the rideshare accident.
Contact Our Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyers in Johnson City Today
You have one year under Tennessee’s statute of limitations to file an insurance claim or lawsuit in a rideshare accident case. Since your time is limited, the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin investigating your Uber or Lyft accident.
Call us now at 865-546-1111 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.