Ride-share services such as those offered by Uber, UberX, Lyft or Sidecar have become quite popular in Seattle and nationwide in recent years, and they represent one of the fastest growing markets in the transportation industry. After all, who wouldn't like the option of ordering a private car at the push of a button?
Despite their popularity, however, these companies, often referred to as transportation network companies, have come under fire for the way in which they handle — or mishandle — insurance claims if one of their vehicles becomes involved in an accident while on duty.
Seattle Lawyers for Ride-Share Accident Claims
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft or Sidecar vehicle, the Law Offices of Matthew D. Dubin will stand up for your right to compensation. We will not let your case get lost in the legal shuffle. With more than 25 years of experience, our Seattle personal injury lawyers know how to take the fight to the insurance companies and get results for you.
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Making a Claim Following an Uber or Lyft Accident
When you are injured in a car accident, you can make a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company. Unlike taxicab or livery services, drivers for Uber, Lyft or Sidecar often use their own personal vehicles for the service. This means that if you were involved in a ride-share accident, you must make a claim with the driver's personal auto insurance policy, which may or may not include coverage for injuries resulting from "commercial activities."
Transportation network companies often tout the excessive amounts of coverage they carry on behalf of their drivers (sometimes up to $1 million!), but getting a hold of that money often means first being denied coverage from the driver's policy, and then filing another claim with the parent company. In the meantime, you are stuck with sometimes exorbitant medical expenses and extended time off for recovery, which only adds to the stress of an already stressful situation.
Minding the Insurance Gap
Complicating matters is the question of when the company's insurance kicks in. Under Seattle legislation passed in July 2014, ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft must match the insurance coverage required by law for taxicabs, which is $300,000. However, there is still some question as to whether this coverage applies if a driver is "between fares" when the accident occurs.
With our firm, there is no question of whether or not you deserve compensation. Whether you were struck by an Uber vehicle while walking or riding your bicycle, or you were a paying customer involved in a car accident, we will do what it takes to obtain the compensation you are entitled to. This could mean involving experts to assist us with investigation into your claim and those who can quantify the medical complications you may now face. Our Seattle accident attorneys are no strangers to fighting for your rights in court if it means obtaining the coverage you deserve after a serious accident.
Contact a Ride-Share Accident Attorney in Seattle Today!
Call us for a free consultation at 206-462-4428 to discuss your particular case with one of Seattle personal injury lawyers. As your advocate, we are dedicated to your needs and capable of recovering full compensation for your personal injury claim. We also work on a "no recovery, no fee" policy, meaning there are no attorney fees unless we recover for you.