Milwaukee Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Rideshare Accidents Seek Fair & Just Compensation
As more and more people rely on Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies to get around, the risk of being involved in an accident with one of these drivers has simultaneously increased. Rideshare drivers are not technically professional drivers; there are no required trainings or safety certifications for someone to work for one of these companies. Rideshare drivers may cause accidents when they are distracted looking for a passenger, driving in an unfamiliar area, or reacting to changing road conditions.
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident—whether as the passenger of the Uber/Lyft, the driver of another vehicle, or as a bicyclist or pedestrian—you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The amount of compensation you may be able to receive will depend heavily on the circumstances surrounding the accident and, in any case, these claims tend to be very complex. We encourage you to reach out to our Milwaukee Uber and Lyft accident lawyers to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
Who Pays for an Uber/Lyft Accident?
Like any car accident case, Uber and Lyft accident claims depend on liability. Determining who is liable for the accident will determine who you should file a claim against, as well as how much compensation you may be entitled to receive. Note that liability is not the same as fault; liability is a legal issue regarding who is responsible for compensating personal injury victims. Because neither Uber nor Lyft classify their drivers as “employees,” they are not technically liable when their drivers cause accidents.
However, both Uber and Lyft do offer insurance coverage for accidents.
Uber and Lyft offer the following coverage in the following situations:
- If the rideshare driver does not have the app turned on and has not accepted a ride, the rideshare company is not liable. To recover compensation, you will need to file a claim with your own insurance provider or with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, just like any other type of car accident claim.
- If the rideshare driver has the app turned on but have not yet accepted a ride, Uber/Lyft will cover up to $50,000 per person in bodily injury coverage, up to $100,000 per accident in bodily injury coverage, and up to $25,000 per accident in property damage (this does not include damage to the rideshare driver’s vehicle).
- If the rideshare driver has the app turned on and has accepted a ride or has a passenger in the vehicle, Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in liability coverage.
This coverage only kicks in once the driver’s own auto insurance coverage has been exhausted. So, after an accident, you will first need to seek compensation through the Uber/Lyft driver’s own auto insurance policy and, once this coverage has reached its limit, you may seek additional compensation through Uber/Lyft’s policy.
Can I Sue if I was in an Accident with an Uber or Lyft Driver?
As the victim of this accident, whether you are the passenger or another driver, you can sue Uber or Lyft. There are a number of legal routes to pursue, however, which is why you should work with an attorney to determine the best possible route for your particular case. Our firm can analyze your case and help you seek a maximum settlement that covers the cost of your injuries and other damages suffered.
How Our Firm Can Help
After an accident, your focus should be on getting proper medical treatment and taking care of yourself so that you can recover and move forward with your life. You shouldn’t have to worry about how you are going to pay for your medical bills and other expenses or about proving who is responsible for your damages.
Here at Dunk Law Firm, we can help you with all of the legal aspects of your situation. Our Milwaukee Uber and Lyft accident attorneys have more than 16 years of experience in complex car accident cases, including those involving rideshares. We know how to prove liability and recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. Our team truly cares about our clients and about helping members of our community who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves facing immense physical, emotional, and financial challenges.
If you have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one in a ridesharing accident, you may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Put a trusted legal team on your side. Call (414) 206-1295 to get started with a free consultation and case review with our Lyft and Uber accident lawyers in Milwaukee.
Rideshare Accident Statistics:
Is it true that rideshare accidents are becoming more and more common as these types of services become more popular? Here's what the statistics say:
- Between 2017-2018 Uber reported that they had 97 fatal crashes, with 107 total deaths; these statistics did not include non-fatal crash stats
While obviously there are still risks to riding with drivers who may be inexperienced or unfamiliar with driving in certain areas of the city, that's not to say that rideshare companies don't provide safe transportation alternatives for people who have been drinking, or may be too tired or distracted to drive. Overall, statistics indicate that rideshares account for a very small amount of fatal accidents in the U.S. each year.
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