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Uber and Lyft are supposed to be safer alternatives than driving while intoxicated after a night out, and a simpler alternative to calling a taxi. However, many Uber and Lyft drivers have little oversight and may become lazy, tired, distracted, and dangerous after hours on the road. If you were injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver or while you were a passenger in an Uber, call Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, today.
Our Bentonville Uber and Lyft accident attorney may be able to help you file a claim against the driver and Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy to get you the coverage you need for damages. Damages from a serious car accident can include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages, which can all be compensated through an Uber accident lawsuit. To schedule a free, confidential consultation on your case, contact our law offices at (479) 439-1843.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft for a Car Accident
Uber and Lyft drivers use the apps from these companies to find passengers and accept payment. However, these drivers do not work for Uber or Lyft; they are technically self-employed. Typically, when commercial drivers like truck drivers and taxi drivers cause an accident, you can sue both the driver and their employee. Since Uber and Lyft do not hire these drivers, you cannot sue the company directly. However, you can sue the driver, and Uber and Lyft’s insurance policy will typically pay for damages.
When you are injured in a car accident by a driver’s negligence, you can always sue the driver directly. All drivers in Arkansas are required to carry auto insurance to cover victims in case they cause an accident. Additionally, you may be entitled to additional damages if you sue them in court, which could be paid by the insurance company or through other methods.
Uber and Lyft each provide their drivers with extra insurance to cover injuries during an accident. These companies have an interest in making sure that victims get coverage, since their business is based on ensuring safe travels for passengers and other drivers on the road.
If you were injured as an Uber or Lyft driver, another driver, a pedestrian, or an Uber or Lyft passenger, you may be able to claim damages against the rideshare company’s insurance policy. These policies cover substantial damages, which can help you ensure your damages are fully covered.
How Much Do Uber and Lyft Pay for Accidents in Arkansas?
The damages you are entitled to in your case depend heavily on the specifics of your case. After a car accident, you may face medical expenses, you may be unable to work, and you may face substantial pain and suffering. The damages you can claim in a lawsuit consist of any damages you face as a consequence of the accident, which typically includes 100% of the damages from these medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Talk to an attorney about how much your case should be worth.
As for what Uber and Lyft cover, this depends on when the accident occurred. Uber and Lyft have 2 potential insurance policies that cover damages after a serious accident. Whether these policies apply and which policy applies depends on when the accident occurred:
- If you were hit by an off-duty Uber or Lyft driver, the driver’s personal insurance policy would cover the crash, just like any other car accident case.
- If you were hit while the Uber or Lyft driver was logged-in to the app, but before they accepted a ride, the rideshare company’s supplemental insurance policy will cover the crash. This policy typically covers up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for injuries and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
- If you were hit any time between when the driver accepts a ride and drops off a passenger, or if you were injured as a passenger, the $1,000,000 insurance policy takes over. This policy covers up to $1 million per accident.
Uber and Lyft’s $1 million insurance policies seem like they cover broader damages than is typical of insurance policies, but these types of policies are also common for taxi companies and are somewhat standard in the industry. Regardless, this means that your injuries and bills could be covered, even if they cost multiple thousands of dollars.
Just because the insurance policy can cover your injuries does not mean that you should accept an insurance settlement. When you accept payment from an insurance company, your damages may be covered only in part, and pain and suffering damages are usually not available. If you take your case to court, a judge and jury have the authority to order full damages to cover your needs.
Call Today for a Free Consultation on Your Bentonville Uber Accident
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft car, or if you lost a loved one to an Uber or Lyft accident, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, today. Our Bentonville Uber and Lyft accident lawyer offers free consultations to help you understand your case and how much you might be entitled to in damages. For help with your case, contact our law offices today at (479) 439-1843 to schedule your free legal consultation.
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