Ride sharing lawsuits have increased exponentially in the last few years. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become more popular than ever. So, the question is; When do I have a case against one of those companies? Obviously, the easiest and most often case is when you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle that is being driven by an apparent agent of those companies who gets into an at fault accident. If the driver is the cause of the rideshare accident and you are injured, you have a viable cause of action against the Uber, Lyft or other company for the injuries you sustained. Not only are you able to recover money for your injuries you are also entitled to past and future pain and suffering, Past and future medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, past and future lost wages as well as other damages.
A lesser known viable lawsuit or claim against a ride sharing company including Uber or Lyft occurs when one of their vehicles are on the way to a pick-up a passenger. If the vehicle is in route to a pick-up and causes an accident the injured person has the same cause of action. A third instant would be if you are in a ride sharing vehicle such as Lyft or Uber and another driver in a different car caused the accident vehicle you could have a lawsuit against the other driver and the ride sharing company. You can make a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits of the rideshare company. If the owner of the at fault vehicle which caused the accident failed to carry any liability insurance or not enough insurance coverage, you can sue the ride share company for their insurance benefits.
There are different layers of insurance carried by Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies. If you are a passenger in their vehicle you would be entitled to the most coverage available. You should check the various coverage available through an experienced attorney in this field such as Ken M. Frankel PA. It is important for the law firm to know where to look for proper compensation for their clients. Experience certainly helps!