Ridesharing applications have revolutionized the ways in which we get around today in Louisiana. Ridesharing refers to a vehicle service in which drivers are paired with customers in need of a ride, and the drivers chauffeur their customers in their private vehicles. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have spiked in popularity in the last few years and have rapidly taken over the transportation industry with the ridesharing industry being estimated at nearly $61 billion. For instance, Uber alone has over 3.8 million drivers while Lyft has about 1.4 million drivers in their global network. 

Because of the influx of ridesharing users and more drivers on the roads in large cities, it is not uncommon for accidents to occur involving these drivers and their passengers. Due to the fact that drivers are not classified as employees but rather as independent contractors, many of these companies make attempts to avoid liability when an accident occurs. Because of this, it is important to have an attorney with experience handling ridesharing cases to assist you with your claim and assure your rights are protected. So, here are some steps to take when reporting an Uber/Lyft-involved accident.

Steps to Take After an Uber/Lyft-Involved Accident

The moments following an accident as a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle can be very confusing. However, the following steps can be taken to assure that you, the driver, and other drivers are safe and the proper information and documentation is collected at the scene. This information can be used by an attorney to support your claim if you are injured in the accident. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rideshare Insurance Requirements

When a person is injured in an accident as a ridesharing passenger, different types of insurance coverage may apply. When you are injured in an accident in Louisiana involving a rideshare driver, you can seek compensation from the rideshare driver’s personal auto insurance policy, the rideshare company’s third-party liability insurance policy, the other driver’s personal auto insurance policy, or from your own policy providing uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.  

However, important to note is that the coverage which is provided by a rideshare company’s third-party liability insurance policy usually will depend upon the point the driver is at in completing a ride. For example, Uber’s insurance coverage is as follows:

The Importance of Using Caution When Discussing Rideshare Accident Claims

One tricky aspect of accidents involving rideshare drivers is establishing liability and discussing your claim with an insurance company. If you end up contacting the insurance company and making a statement before speaking with an attorney, it is vital that you use caution. When there are multiple insurance companies involved in an accident, they will attempt to place the blame on the other drivers or their insurance companies. Additionally, they will try to provide as little compensation as possible for your claim. Hiring an attorney, having access to their knowledge regarding these types of claims, and having them handle these types of communications can help you steer clear of any of these potential issues. 

Our attorneys at Cueria Law LLC have valuable experience with these types of claims. If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle like an Uber or Lyft, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney. The laws and insurance practices that apply to these situations differ from those of a normal auto accident. Call our experienced and dedicated team of attorneys at the Cueria Law Firm for a free consultation today!

 

Our attorneys have helped hundreds of injury victims get the fair compensation they deserve so they can get back to their lives and their families. Call Cueria Law Firm at (504)-525-5211 today!