Uber and Lyft are commonly used all across the United States, whether it be for leisure or for business. Many people often think that if an accident occurs, obtaining compensation will be a simple and easy process. That is not typically the case as liability amongst these companies is complex. These companies will try to shift the blame from one party to another so they do not have to come out of pocket. This is one of the reasons why it is important to have a Courtland, VA Uber & Lyft accident attorney on your side. Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. has experience handling cases just like yours.
Rideshare drivers are no different than other drivers on the road and it is fairly easy to become a rideshare driver. A driver is a person who has become an independent contractor. This job does not require any additional driving training. When you get into rideshare you are trusting another person to get you safely from one place to another. For the last reporting year, there were more than 128, 000 vehicle crashes according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. An accident can happen at any time and you should not be left to deal with the consequences because of someone else’s negligence.
Similar to other car accidents, Uber and Lyft accidents will have the same kind of injuries. These injuries include:
Some of these injuries can be treated and recovered after very minimal physical therapy or other medical treatment. Other injuries may require lifelong care. Many victims are concerned with who will be paying for all of these medical expenses. Without the help of Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. The answer to this question may be you. The rideshare company and their insurance company may try to deny your claim or shift the blame onto the driver and their insurance company.
Navigating rideshare insurance can be difficult as there are several loopholes that Uber and Lyft have implemented to pay the least amount possible when an accident happens. The first thing to consider is that if a driver is involved in a crash and they are not signed into the app, they are considered to be on personal time and their insurance carrier will be held liable.
If the driver is signed into the app but there is not a passenger on board, their personal insurance company will step in but Uber and Lyft will have supplemental insurance if there are any issues with their personal insurance carrier. When a driver is signed into the app and there is a passenger on board, there is a $1 million liability insurance policy in place by both rideshare companies, to cover damages and expenses.
I hired Mr. Bruch on my reckless driving case, my second one in two months. Being out of the state I was planning on coming back because I expected to go to jail. When Mr. Bruch texted me as told me he got my reckless driving 86 in a 60 reduced to 9 miles over…