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If you or a loved one was injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need skilled, experienced legal representation by your side. Discussing your Uber or Lyft accident case with a lawyer can help you understand what your case might be worth and how much financial compensation you might be entitled to. Do not rely on Uber or Lyft, or the insurance company, to tell you what your case is worth.
Our Sebastian, Arkansas Uber/Lyft accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your losses. To learn more about your case in a free, confidential consultation, call Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law today at (479) 316-0438.
Suing Uber or Lyft After After Car Accident in Arkansas
After being involved in a car accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you may wonder who will be responsible for your injuries. Usually, if you are involved in a crash with other transportation services, such as taxis, you would typically file against the driver or the taxi company for any losses you may have faced during an accident. However, this is not always the case with Uber and Lyft.
These two ride-share companies rely on their drivers to provide their popular services, but the drivers working for Uber and Lyft are considered independent contractors. An independent contractor is a person who performs a service for a company without being a direct employee of such company. In short, Uber/Lyft drivers are not direct employees of the rideshare companies, which means you cannot typically file a claim directly against the rideshare companies for the negligence of their drivers.
Additionally, the State of Arkansas is an at-fault state, which means you can file a claim against the responsible parties after suffering a car crash. However, keep you are allowed to add no-fault personal injury protection coverage plans or “PIP” to your existing policy. Having this added coverage can potentially bar you from filing a lawsuit against the at-fault parties.
Available Compensation for an Uber/Lyft Accident
Both rideshare companies offer a $1 million insurance policy that covers any person involved in an accident, including the driver, passenger(s), or other injured drivers and pedestrians. However, this policy only kicks in during specific circumstances.
If an Uber/Lyft driver is logged out his or her rideshare company’s app, and gets involved in an accident, Uber or Lyft’s insurance will not cover the accident. In this case, the driver’ own insurance will cover the accident.
If the driver was actively using the app but had not accepted a rider when the accident took place, Uber and Lyft step in to supplement the driver’s existing insurance coverage if it is not enough to cover all the expenses related to the crash. This can help victims of an Uber or Lyft accident who were pedestrians or occupants of another vehicle.
Finally, the $1million insurance coverage will kick in if the driver was actively using the application and on the way to pick up a rider or actively transporting a rider to their destination. Any accident taking place from the moment a ride is accepted to the moment the client is dropped at their destination is covered by the rideshare company’s $1 million policy.
What to Do After an Uber/Lyft Accident
While being involved in a crash can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience, there are specific things you should do, especially after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver. If you are physically able, put yourself and any other victim(s) in a safe spot away from the crash scene. Make sure to call 9-1-1 to get emergency assistance.
It is of utmost importance to check for any health complications that may put you at risk of suffering a severe or life-threatening injury. When you call the police, make sure to ask for an ambulance as well to get evaluated at the scene.
The resulting report made by the investigating officer can help you in future proceedings, so it is wise to ask for a copy of the report. Additionally, make sure to gather all the necessary information from all involved parties. This includes their names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance policy information. Finally, make sure to contact a skilled, experienced Uber/Lyft accident lawyer who can help you obtain compensation for your damages.
Sebastian, AR Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney Offering Free Consultations
Going through a car accident is never an experience you quickly forget. Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, understands the frustration and challenges that arise as a consequence of a crash. If you or a loved one was injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, we may be able to help. Call our Sebastian Uber/Lyft accident lawyer today for a free, confidential consultation. To learn more about how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your losses, call our law offices today at (479) 316-0438.