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Filing a Claim After an Uber or Lyft Accident

Bonita Springs Car Accident Attorneys

Transportation apps, Uber and Lyft, are increasing in their popularity around the world due to their convenience and affordable prices. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you may be wondering what kind of legal action you can take. Our Bonita Springs personal injury firm is here to help answers your questions and guide you through the process.

In October, 2016 Uber had reportedly serviced 40 million rides in one month. By 2017, Uber had claimed 77% of the ride-hailing market.

Lyft is a growing competitor, with an average of 14 million rides per month.

Although these ridesharing services are considered to be helpful and budget-friendly, there are no guarantees regarding safety. Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have a relatively clean background regarding traffic violations, but they do not undergo special driver training. They should not be considered more-competent drivers than any other average individual; the same risks for roadway accidents that exist with any other average driver apply when you take an Uber or Lyft journey.

What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident

If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding with an Uber or Lyft driver, and you believe that your injuries were caused by—or in-part caused by—the driver’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Both Uber and Lyft hire their drivers as independent contractors, which means that you will most likely not be able to file a claim against the company itself. Instead, the driver will be held responsible independently. However, both Uber and Lyft have a liability policy through James River Insurance that will cover injured passengers up to $1 million.

In order to stand the best chance at winning a case against an Uber or Lyft driver, you should preserve as much evidence of the accident as you are able.

You should take photos of the damage, write down names and contact information of any witnesses, save information about the Uber or Lyft driver you rode with, and save your receipt for the ride. Next, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you file a claim and begin taking legal action against the responsible party.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help.

Our personal injury firm in Bonita Springs is experienced with filing claims against negligent Uber and Lyft drivers. We can help you receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, wrongful death of a loved one, and other damages. David and Kristin Pittman offer personalized and compassionate legal service as they fiercely pursue compensation for your injury and loss.

With over 20 years of experience advocating for the injured, we are prepared to handle your car accident claim. Contact Pittman Law Firm, P.L. today and our attorneys will personally provide you with a free consultation.

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