Can I Sue Uber or Lyft After a Car Accident?
You’re driving home from work one day, obeying every rule of the road, and you get in an accident. The next thing you know, you’re talking to paramedics. The other driver is clearly at fault. They ran a stop sign and barreled into your car.
When you look at their vehicle, you notice a corporate logo on the door and part of you thinks that you might have a personal injury claim against that company.
That’s how things would play out in a crash involving most businesses. But what if you’re in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver? That’s a very different story. Lyft and Uber may be worth billions of dollars, but their drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That means these companies can deny liability in accidents. It’s much harder for plaintiffs to make a case against a company for the actions of a contractor.
That doesn’t mean you can’t be heard.
What if I’m injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle?
Right after the accident, you should:
• Dial 911
• Take pictures of the wreck
• Get names and contact info for any witnesses
• Get the name of the driver, assuming it’s not already in your phone
• Take screenshots of the ride info and receipt
• Talk to an attorney if you’ve been hurt and incurred medical expenses
Accident report apps for iOS and Android make this entire process a lot simpler and less stressful. You can use the app to take pictures and file a report directly to your personal injury lawyer. The King Firm developed an app to make car accidents as stress-free as possible for our clients.
If your ride-sharing driver is at fault for the accident, they’ll be covered under a $1 million insurance policy used by both Lyft and Uber. This is because many drivers won’t be able to pay a passenger’s medical bills on their own. If you file a lawsuit, you’d be suing the at-fault driver, and not the company. That would mean serving them with the suit and serving the insurance company.
Your attorney would send evidence preservation letters to the drivers and the ride-share companies to make certain they hold on to information connected to your ride. In some states, the companies can be sued for failing to keep that data.
You would be able to sue Lyft or Uber if they had failed to conduct a proper background check, and the driver did something to intentionally injure you. But for the standard car accident, you’d be suing the driver, just as you would in any other accident.
No matter the circumstances of your accident, if you’ve been injured and aren’t at fault, you need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side.
Accidents are scary and confusing, and the King Firm has spent years fighting for the rights of people like you, making sure they achieve the best possible outcome. We’ve obtained millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Contact us today if you’ve been hurt in an accident and need someone to speak for you.