Did You Suffer Injuries in an Accident Involving an Uber or Lyft Driver?
Unlike people who work as commercial drivers, such as truckers and cab drivers, drivers at Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies have no formal training. Basically, anyone with a car, insurance, and a good enough driving record is allowed to transport you and your family members on these short or long journeys.
This lack of training for Lyft and Uber drivers can have disastrous consequence. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident involving a rideshare driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call us to discuss your case with an Indianapolis car accident lawyer at (317) 969-8000.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Let’s face it, Lyft and Uber drivers are in a hurry. You can hardly blame them, as they are just trying to make a living under difficult circumstances. They need to get fares to get paid, and this frequently causes them to drive carelessly, like going faster than the speed limit and ignoring basic safety laws. Rideshare drivers are also more likely to be distracted because they are constantly checking their phones for new fares and directions.
Like everyone else on the road, rideshare drivers are vulnerable to the temptations of drugs and alcohol, which can seriously hamper a person’s ability to make good judgments and avoid accidents. Unlike regular taxi drivers who begin and end their shifts at a dispatching station, there’s no one around to check and see if Uber and Lyft drivers are sober when they report for work.
All in all, there are a lot of reasons to be skeptical about rideshare drivers and their ability to safely get you where you want to go.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
Uber and Lyft drivers must have their own insurance, but the big rideshare companies also provide insurance for people who are hurt in a collision caused by one of their drivers. You may be covered if you are a passenger in a car driven by a Lyft or Uber driver, or if you are a driver or pedestrian involved in an accident caused by a rideshare driver.
What the rideshare driver was doing at the time of the accident makes a big difference in the type of compensation you are entitled to receive.
Drivers in “passenger mode”: If Uber or Lyft drivers have already accepted a ride from a passenger, the rideshare company’s insurance may offer up to $1 million in coverage. This can also apply if you are a passenger being transported when the rideshare vehicle you are in is hit by an uninsured motorist.
Drivers in “driver mode”: If Uber or Lyft drivers are in “driver mode,” that means they are seeking passengers, but they have not yet accepted a fare. For passengers and other victims of rideshare drivers in “driver mode,” the liability coverage in Indiana may be lower.
We’re Here to Help Victims of Rideshare Accidents
If you suffered injuries in an accident due to the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, we’re here to help. In fact, Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys, L.L.C., even offers a free case review. We will consider your situation and recommend the best course of action to get compensation.
If you have suffered injuries in an Indianapolis rideshare accident, call us immediately for a free case evaluation at (317) 969-8000.
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