The roads in Alexandria are filled with Uber and Lyft drivers who are helping their passengers get around the city. These drivers may get paid for their services, but they are just like every other driver on the road, which means they are just as likely to get into car accidents.
If you are involved in a rideshare accident—regardless of whether you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle or another road user—you could be entitled to compensation. Contact the Alexandria rideshare accident attorneys at Malloy Law Offices now to learn about your legal options.
Just like car accidents, rideshare accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers can occur for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
All of these factors can cause rideshare accidents, but distracted driving may account for the most collisions. This is because Uber and Lyft drivers often take their eyes and attention off of the road in order to read directions, chat with their passengers, or confirm passenger pick-ups in the ridesharing app.
Many passengers who are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft aren’t sure what to do or who they can hold liable for their injuries. If you are a passenger, it’s important to know that ridesharing companies have $1 million insurance policies that will cover accidents that take place while you are in the vehicle. This coverage applies to any accident that occurs from the time the driver accepts your ride request until the moment you reach your final destination. You should be compensated under this insurance policy if you are injured while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle.
An Uber or Lyft driver may collide with another car, pedestrian, motorcycle, or bicyclist on the road. If you are hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, it’s important to understand how the insurance coverage will work in this situation.
Several questions must be answered to determine which insurance policy should cover the crash:
If you are hit by a driver who was not working, the rideshare company’s insurance policies will not be involved in your claim. The Uber or Lyft driver’s personal auto insurance should cover this accident.
If the driver was working, the rideshare accident should be covered under one of the ridesharing company’s insurance policies. The $1 million liability insurance policy will cover accidents that occurred between the time that a ride request was accepted and the time that the passenger was dropped off at their final destination. So if you were injured while the driver had a passenger in the car or was driving to pick up a passenger, you should be compensated under this policy.
The rideshare company should also cover accidents that take place when a driver is working, but has not yet received a ride request. For these accidents, the company provides up to $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person, $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident, and $25,000 in property damage coverage per accident.
Ridesharing accidents are complex primarily due to the insurance issues and number of parties involved. Determining who is liable for the accident—and who should compensate you for your injuries—is not easy. Don’t face these challenges alone. If you’ve been injured, let the ridesharing lawyers at Malloy Law Offices, LLC fight to maximize your compensation. We aren’t afraid of aggressively negotiating with insurance companies or the large corporations they represent. Our only concern is protecting your best interests. We will work tirelessly to ensure you are fully compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Recovering compensation for your injuries isn’t easy, which is why you should turn to the trusted Alexandria rideshare accident attorneys at Malloy Law Offices, LLC. For over 15 years, our attorneys have helped the injured obtain the compensation they deserve. Now, let us seek justice on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation, call 703-214-4752 or submit your information using the form on this website.