Have you ever wondered what happens if you’re Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident? No one is every prepared for these circumstances. Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC today!
In our office in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, we’ve seen an explosion of personal injury claims that are injured in rideshares as a passenger in a Lyft or Uber. Not just the passengers but also Uber and Lyft drivers. These can be complicated cases for a few reasons. First of all, if you’re a driver for a ridesharing company and somebody gets injured in an accident. Well, it’s not a worker’s comp case because you’re not an employee of a Lyft or Uber.
You’ll find that you can’t just call up your consumer insurance that you bought when you bought your car. Additionally, you can’t make a claim because as soon as they find out you are an Uber or Lyft driver, they’re going to deny your claim. So they’re not going to cover you. They’re not going to cover passengers injured in your car. So, when you’re signing up to become a driver for Uber or Lyft, you need to make sure that you’re also registering for their insurance. This is because what’s happened over the years, is that your consumer policy of insurance, your personal Geico, State Farm, or Allstate insurance is not going to cover you.
They will explicitly disclaim coverage if you are driving for Uber or Lyft. When you went and bought your Geico insurance, they didn’t agree to cover you in case you turn your car into a taxi. Similarly, if you are a passenger and you are riding in an Uber or Lyft and another car strikes and you get injured, very often you can’t just make a claim against the driver’s insurance. You have to make a claim against the insurance through a ridesharing company. You’ll see insurance companies that are not normal insurance companies that somebody would encounter like James River insurance. I guarantee no one is buying James river insurance for their personal consumer insurance. It’s a unique type of insurance that exists for rideshare drivers and dealing with a James River or some type of ride share insurance policy can be tricky.
The policy limits are usually bigger but you’ll find it that it’ll be more difficult to get your case resolved. You need to be able to navigate the claims process that’s in place with Uber and Lyft. If you find yourself an accident victim, you were injured, or a passenger in a Lyft or an Uber, or you’re an Uber or Lyft driver just trying to make some money with your side gig and you get into an accident it’s not your fault you’re injured, you should call a lawyer if you’re unsure of what to do. If you’re having trouble knowing who to contact, we handle these cases and you can call us. Even if you don’t call us, it’s a good idea to consult a lawyer.
Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, our attorneys see these cases frequently. Our office is located right outside of Washington, D.C. So, there is no surprise that these ridesharing companies are very popular in this area. To see more on how our lawyers handles these scenarios, click here. Call (888) 607-8690 for a free consultation.