Uber & Lyft Injury Lawyers in Harrisburg
Personal injury lawyers who understand the complexities of rideshare litigation
Lyft and Uber rideshare services are popular for both drivers and passengers. For drivers, it’s an easy way to earn extra cash or to earn a living. For riders, Uber and Lyft mean choosing the car you want when you need it – whether you don’t have a car or you just need to get around Harrisburg in a hurry. The convenience of rideshare services does have a major downside. Accidents are quite common. Passengers risk being injured by the rideshare driver or by other Harrisburg drivers. Rideshare drivers may also be injured by other drivers.
At KBG Injury Law, our Harrisburg injury lawyers have been fighting for injured drivers for 40 years. We are skilled at handling all types of car accidents which lead to injuries and losses. We fight to obtain all the compensation you deserve. Our clients recommend us, and insurance adjusters often settle with us, because of our impressive record of personal injury negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.
Why do rideshare accidents happen?
Uber and Lyft drivers are often focused on their next ride instead of their current ride. Many may be unfamiliar with the streets and highways where they’re driving passengers. This lack of focus can easily cause an accident. Rideshare drivers and other drivers may cause a car accident due to:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Speeding and other traffic violations
- Driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions
- Driving while intoxicated
- Defective car parts, such as brakes and airbags
Our Harrisburg personal injury lawyers work with investigators and the police to determine how the accident occurred and who is responsible. We conduct extensive discovery to show that the defendants should be held liable. We represent rideshare drivers, rideshare passengers, and anyone who is injured by a rideshare driver, including other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
What types of injuries do Uber and Lyft passengers and drivers suffer in accidents?
At KBG Injury Law, our Harrisburg Uber and Lyft lawyers understand how catastrophic and traumatic serious car accidents are. Many injuries change your life forever. In the worst accidents, a loved one dies. We represent individuals and their loved ones hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident who suffer:
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Amputation and loss of limb
- Broken bones
- Severe burn injuries
- Neck, back, and shoulder injuries
- Vision and hearing loss
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve, tissue, ligament, and muscle damage
- Wrongful death
Who is liable for my Harrisburg rideshare accident and injuries?
There are three parts to every car accident claim. The first part is determining who is liable. The second part is determining how much your case is worth. The third part is determining who pays your damages.
Liability. If a rideshare passenger is injured in a Harrisburg car accident, he/she can file a claim against the driver, the rideshare companies, and any other responsible drivers. If the accident is due to a defective car part, the passenger can file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective part. If an Uber or Lyft driver is injured in a car accident in Harrisburg, the driver can file a claim against a negligent driver or a manufacturer. If someone is injured due to the negligence of an Uber of Lyft driver, they can file a claim against the rideshare driver and the rideshare company.
Damages. The damages claim in Harrisburg is complicated. It depends on whether the victim can file a full tort claim or a limited tort claim. Victims can file a complaint for their medical bills, lost income, and property damage. Only victims who have full tort coverage or have a “serious bodily injury” can file for their pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages, such as loss of consortium. Families can file a wrongful death and survival claims against any responsible drivers or entities who cause a death.
- Driver coverage. Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have minimum liability requirements. They generally need to inform their liability carrier that they drive their car for a living. Pennsylvania’s minimum bodily injury damage amounts are $15,000 for any one injured person and $30,000 if there are multiple accident victims.
- Uber/Lyft coverage. Uber and Lyft are required to have liability insurance in much higher amounts. However, whether the insurance covers a victim is tricky. Generally, rideshare companies are liable for the negligence of their employees. They may also be liable for the negligence of any contractors they hire. Uber or Lyft can only be held responsible for an accident if the driver was on-duty at the time the accident occurred.
- Uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. If the insurance of the other responsible defendants (the rideshare driver, the rideshare company, or another driver) is not enough to pay for your damages, then you can seek payment from the rideshare company’s UM/UIM carrier and/or your own UM/UIM carrier.
Other sources of payment for medical bills include a victim’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and their own health insurance.
As you can see, liability, damage, and insurance issues revolving around Uber and Lyft claims are very complex. Don’t handle them on your own. You need an experienced Harrisburg car accident lawyer on your side to obtain the just compensation you deserve.
Is there an Uber or Lyft accident lawyer near me?
We have five offices in South Central Pennsylvania. Our Harrisburg office is conveniently located on the West Shore at 717 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA, near the Farmers Market and downtown Harrisburg.
Get the help you need now. Speak with a Harrisburg Uber/Lyft lawyer today
At KBG Injury Law, we explain your rights and pursue them throughout the claims process. Many rideshare accidents do settle, often for the insurance policy limits. When necessary, we’re ready to try your case before a jury. We guide you through each phase of the legal process and answer all your questions. To assert your rights with a lawyer who will relentlessly fight for you every step of the way, call us at 717-848-3838 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment. KBG Injury Law maintains offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Hanover, Gettysburg, and throughout South Central Pennsylvania.