Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become very popular in the last decade. People love the convenience of being able to call for transportation that doesn’t cost them a fortune. However, Uber and Lyft drivers are human and sometimes they get into accidents.
If you think about it, rideshares are not necessarily the safest way to travel. At best, your driver is distracted. They have to keep an eye on the GPS for your destination while fielding texts for their next passenger. A distracted driver is dangerous and the odds of them getting into an accident are pretty high.
What if you are injured in a rideshare accident?
Depending on the driver’s situation at the time of the accident, you do have options.
- If you are a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, you can file a claim against Uber or Lyft. These companies generally carry accident insurance policies and as an injured passenger, you are entitled to compensation.
- If your car is struck by a rideshare driver, you can file a claim against the company.
- If you are a pedestrian who is struck by a rideshare driver, you can file a claim against the company.
The above scenarios assume that the rideshare driver is on the clock at the time of the accident. If the driver is off the clock when the accident occurs, you would have to file a claim against the driver’s insurance. If the accident occurs while the driver is on the clock but between fares, both Uber and the driver bear responsibility.
When a rideshare accident happens there’s no way to know what the driver’s status is at the time. Therefore, it is in your best interest to seek assistance when filing the claim.