Uber and Lyft have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as more and more people turn to ridesharing services for their transportation needs. However, this increase in use has also led to an increase in accidents involving Uber and Lyft vehicles. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may be wondering what your legal options are. You can learn more about this and other personal injury scenarios here.
Accidents involving ridesharing services can be legally complex for a number of reasons. If the injured party is the rideshare driver themselves, they’re ineligible for workers compensation because they’re not an employee. The driver will also find their insurance company is not receptive to any claim they file, regardless of who as at fault. The kind of consumer insurance policy you’re required to buy when purchasing a car will not cover any accident that occurs while operating the vehicle as a rideshare. Worse yet; your consumer insurance policy will also not cover any injuries sustained by passengers.
This may seem unfair but it’s important to understand what exactly you’re purchasing when you buy insurance. When an insurance company agrees to cover damage to your car, it’s for your own personal use. Operating the vehicle in a for-profit capacity falls outside of this “personal use.”
A rideshare accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and options if you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Malloy Law Offices are the DMV rideshare accident specialists. Our experienced attorneys can help you pursue the full amount of damages that you are entitled to under the law. Don’t wait to get the legal help you need after an Uber or Lyft accident. Contact a rideshare accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.