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What can be more complicated about these types of car accident claims is determining liability. If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you’re likely wondering whether the rideshare company can be held responsible for your damages. 

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Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona

Perhaps the most complicated part of rideshare injury claims is determining liability. Though some may assume the rideshare company will assume blame because they’ve employed their drivers, it’s important to note the distinction of rideshare drivers as independent contractors. By classifying drivers as contractors and not as employees, rideshare companies can evade responsibility when their drivers are on the clock and cause accidents. In many cases, drivers will be held personally responsible for accidents they cause and have to access their insurance.

However, both Uber and Lyft have $1 million insurance policies that can cover the damages of drivers and passengers injured in accidents, which may include medical expenses, deaths, and property damage.

There are three main situations you may find yourself in after an accident that will establish whether you’re able to access this coverage:

  • The rideshare driver was not on the job: If the app was off at the time of the car accident, then the rideshare company is not involved in the accident at all—the at-fault driver will access their insurance to cover the costs of your damages.
  • The rideshare driver was accepting a ride: If the app was on and the driver was not transporting a passenger but was waiting or accepting a request, victims may receive $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 per accident for property damage from Uber or Lyft.
  • The rideshare driver was carrying a passenger: If the driver was transporting passengers at the time of the crash, Uber or Lyft may extend coverage—at least $1 million per accident.

Navigating such an accident is extremely complex when you have to consider the various factors that took place in the crash. Only an experienced team of personal injury lawyers with a successful track record—like ours—can be trusted to know how to maximize your claim’s value.