When someone uses a ride-hailing or ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft, the assumption is that they will arrive at their destination safely, thanks to a professional, sober driver. However, accidents and inebriated drivers do occur, and it may be difficult for a passenger to receive compensation from their car insurance carrier.
Filing a personal injury claim against a ride-hailing company can be tricky. For instance, if the Uber driver is involved in an accident with another driver, the Uber driver may claim that the other driver is at fault or vice versa. This situation happens frequently, and it may prove difficult for the passenger to receive compensation when both drivers maintain the other party is guilty.
Ride-share companies have been fined numerous times over safety issues. For instance, the California Public Utilities fined Uber twice, once for $750,000 over driving under the influence claims and the other time for over $7.5 million for not reporting safety data.
Uber also paid a settlement of over $215 million for safety violations over a five-year span, from 2014 to 2019. That settlement also covered breaches of privacy.
Lyft, too, has been the subject of litigation. The district attorneys of the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles accepted a $500,000 settlement with the company over claims it lied about driver screening.
There have been several instances of Uber and Lyft drivers who were approved despite having prior criminal convictions and moving violations that resulted in suspended driver’s licenses.
Traffic accidents, of course, can happen to even the most cautious, sober drivers. Personal injuries that ride-hailing app users undergo may be an even more stressful event than one involving a person’s own car.
That’s because the individual driver’s car insurance company may take care of the claim.
However, when an accident involving an Uber or Lyft occurs, filing a claim can be confusing. Does the person sue the Uber/Lyft driver, or the company itself? And what if there’s a third party involved in the accident?
The best way to find the appropriate party and get the compensation you deserve is to hire a personal injury attorney. If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft accident, the best place to find a personal injury attorney is Attorney at Law.
At AAL, we match you with the best personal injury attorney in your area. Our partners have the resources, legal expertise, and experience to navigate you through the highly complex and contentious field of personal injury law. In addition to a proven track record, our partners also excel in client care.
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