Uber & Lyft Accidents

Phoenix Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have rapidly taken over the role of traditional taxis. With the rise in the popularity of ride-hailing services, the likelihood of accidents also increases, and ridesharing has been widely perceived as a secure option for transportation for those who have consumed alcohol. It's important to note that ride-hailing drivers are just as prone to making mistakes on the road as any other driver, such as speeding, driving while tired, and even driving under the influence.

In the event of an Uber or Lyft accident in Phoenix, it is critical to seek the assistance of a lawyer immediately. At Wyatt Injury Law, our team will assign an experienced attorney to collaborate with you in pursuing compensation for any damages. We provide a complimentary consultation to thoroughly review your case, allowing us to present all available legal options.

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Uber and Lyft Accident Liability and Insurance Coverage

In most vehicle accident cases, the driver who caused the accident is responsible for covering the damages. Nevertheless, a rideshare accident presents a unique situation if the driver was working when the collision occurred and was not at fault. In such instances, the employer may be held accountable for the damages.

Since accidents involve complex calculations to determine each party's degree of fault, numerous insurance companies may be interested in the settlement process. If a rideshare driver, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, is found to be at fault, they will be liable for any damages incurred. In this scenario, you must file a claim with the driver's insurance provider.

Uber or Lyft Driver: To work for Uber and Lyft, drivers must have insurance coverage. If a rideshare driver is at fault for an accident, their personal insurance policy will be the primary source for compensating victims. The state of Arizona has outlined the minimum liability insurance limits, which are as follows:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per aggregate accident
  • $15,000 for property damage liability

Non-Rideshare Driver: If a driver causes an accident outside of the rideshare context, they would be held accountable for any resulting damages.

Third-Party: There are instances where third parties may be responsible for a car accident, such as if unsafe construction areas were present, making the City of Phoenix accountable, or if there were defects in the vehicle, which may hold the car manufacturer at fault.

Rideshare Company: Uber and Lyft are covered by insurance policies with roughly $1 million limits. These policies may become effective when a rideshare driver signs in to the Uber or Lyft app and becomes available to receive ride requests. The policy limits differ depending on the following situations:

  • If the driver is signed into the app but has yet to accept a ride request, the coverage limit is 50/100/25. 
  • If the driver is signed in and carrying a passenger, the coverage limit increases to $1 million.

To properly determine liability in a Phoenix Uber or Lyft accident, it's essential to consult with an experienced attorney. The investigative process involves collecting evidence and witness testimony to establish negligence and build a robust case. If multiple parties are found responsible for the accident, they will be accountable for damages proportionate to their level of fault. In such cases, you may be eligible for compensation from any party found to be at fault.

Compensation and Recovering Damages

If you have sustained injuries in an Arizona Uber or Lyft accident, you may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation. While compensation can't reverse the harm caused, victims of Uber or Lyft accidents are entitled to seek damages from the party responsible for their pain and suffering. The amount of compensation is typically determined through a court ruling or settlement negotiations, often based on similar cases.

Treating injuries can be lengthy, including long-term expenses such as rehabilitation and therapy. The costs can be high when auto accidents occur due to someone else's negligence. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers in Phoenix, AZ, aim to help victims obtain total compensation to cover all related costs.

Compensation may cover the following damages:

  • Medical Treatment Costs: This includes both current and future medical expenses, such as surgeries, hospital stays, and medication costs.
  • Rehabilitation Expenses: Ongoing rehabilitation is often necessary for burn injuries, and these expenses can accumulate over time.
  • Lost Wages: Burn injuries may prevent you from working, leading to lost income during recovery.
  • Diminished Earning Capacity: A burn injury may affect your ability to perform your job or require a less physically demanding role, resulting in reduced income.
  • Disfigurement: Permanent scarring or disfigurement may cause emotional distress and impact self-esteem.
  • Emotional Trauma: Burn injuries can lead to mental health issues, requiring counseling or other forms of treatment.
  • Long-term Needs: Home modifications or assistive devices may be necessary for long-term care related to the burn injury.

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Contact A Phoenix Uber or Lyft Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident, it's imperative to contact our legal team as soon as possible. At Wyatt Injury Law in Arizona, our skilled personal injury lawyers are devoted to building a solid case to help you receive the compensation you deserve after suffering life-altering injuries.

We are determined to secure just compensation for all damages resulting from your car accident, including medical expenses, lost income, physical pain, and emotional distress. To schedule a free and confidential evaluation of your case, please contact our Phoenix office today.

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