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York, PA Uber & Lyft Injury Lawyers

Skilled representation for rideshare passengers and drivers in York County

Rideshare services are a wonderful way to schedule trips to go to doctor’s appointments, shop, meet with friends, or explore York and other regional communities. Many young drivers from college towns provide Uber and Lyft rides so they can earn some extra money. Likewise, many students use rideshare services because they don’t have a car. For many workers, rideshare rides offer a good way to provide a living.

Unfortunately, rideshare accidents happen just as often as any type of passenger vehicle accident. When accidents do occur, there are numerous questions about the rights of both injured passengers and injured drivers – starting with which insurance companies pay the medical bills. At KBG Injury Law, our Uber and Lyft car accident lawyers understand the unique issues involved in rideshare accident cases. We work with investigators to examine how the accident happened, and who is responsible. We understand which insurance coverage applies. Our lawyers have a track record of negotiating strong settlements and obtaining just verdicts in car accident cases.

What types of injuries are caused by Uber and Lyft accidents in York, PA?

Rideshare accident victims are likely to suffer the same types of accidents as any car passengers or drivers. Common injuries include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage and paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limb/amputation
  • Soft tissue injuries including whiplash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Bruises, cuts, and lacerations
  • Many other injuries due to forceful blows or wrenching body movements

What are the rights of passengers who are injured by an Uber or Lyft driver in York, PA?

Passengers have the right to hold the drivers and anyone else who caused the accident responsible. In some cases, the driver and the rideshare company may be responsible. In other cases, another driver may be the person responsible.

Uber and Lyft claims are complicated because while they are like car accidents, there are major differences.

  • Liability of the driver. Drivers are generally liable for any accident they cause due to speeding, running red lights, driving while fatigued, driving while intoxicated, or driving while distracted. Uber and Lyft drivers are especially likely to drive while they are distracted because they constantly are using their GPS systems to find the directions to the places passengers want to go. Drivers may also be more likely to text while driving or use their smartphone to respond to calls for other rides, because their livelihood depends on taking as many rides as possible.
  • Liability of Uber or Lyft. Rideshare companies are generally liable for the negligent acts of their employees. Our York rideshare lawyers understand when drivers qualify as employees, and when they are considered independent contractors. Uber and Lyft may also be liable for negligent acts of independent contractors if they fail to vet the contractor (examine their driving record, for example) or fail to discharge a worker who has traffic violations or DUI convictions.

Which insurance policy applies when a passenger is injured in an Uber or Lyft accident?

This is often the most critical part of any personal injury claim involving Uber or Lyft. There are different insurance policies that may pay compensation for a passenger’s injuries and damages, including the cost of medical care, all the wages the victim loses because of his/her injuries, and the victim’s pain and suffering. The passenger’s own insurance company, the insurer of a resident relative, or Lyft / Uber’s own insurance policy may pay an injured passenger’s medical expenses. The injured passenger may collection compensation from Lyft / Uber through its liability insurance policy. And, if that coverage is not sufficient to fully compensate the injured passenger, then it is possible that the passenger may be able to collect additional compensation from his or her own UM/UIM coverage.

The insurance issues can be extremely complicated. Don’t try to handle them on your own. Our skilled Uber and Lyft accident lawyers will explain which insurance policy applies in your case.

How much coverage do Uber and Lyft offer to injured passengers?

Both Uber and Lyft carry $1,000,000 in liability insurance to cover crashes where passengers are injured. This only applies if the passenger is entering the car, in a car, or exiting a car.

Which insurance policy applies when a driver is injured in an Uber or Lyft accident?

Uber and Lyft drivers can file claims against any other drivers who cause an accident. Whether a driver is looking for rides (the app is on but there is no passenger), has accepted a ride (is on the way to pick up a passenger), or is transporting a passenger, a driver can file a personal injury claim against another driver under two basic conditions. The driver has tort coverage or has suffered a serious injury, and the other driver was negligent.

  • If another driver is responsible. The rideshare driver, after using the PIP benefits, will seek damages from the insurance carrier for the other driver. If the other driver doesn’t have insurance coverage or has limited coverage, the driver will seek compensation from his/her own UM/UIM carrier. In addition to payment for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering – the Uber/Lyft driver can seek payment from the other driver for the damage to the Uber/Lyft driver’s car.
  • If the Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident that is his/her fault. In this case, the Uber/Lyft driver can seek payment for his/her medical bills and lost wages through the PIP policy. The driver can also request that his own health insurance policy pay his/her medical bills.

If the driver has collision coverage on his/her vehicle, then the rideshare driver can seek payment for the damage to the vehicle from the collision carrier. Normally rideshare drivers have two insurance policies – one for when they drive for themselves, and another for when they are transporting passengers.

Do you have an Uber/Lyft injury lawyer near me?

KBG Injury Law is located at 110 North George Street. We are right in the heart of York, near Interstate 83 and Routes 30, 74 and 462. We also have offices throughout South Central Pennsylvania.

Get experienced help from a York, PA Uber & Lyft injury lawyer now

Rideshare cases are complicated. Your right to a recovery depends on who caused the accident, and which insurance policy covers your claim. Never try to settle a rideshare claim or any accident claim on your own. At KBG Injury Law, our seasoned car accident lawyers will work quickly to determine who is at fault and which insurance policy applies. We’ll work with your doctor to fully assess your injuries, verity all your medical bills, and show all the ways your injuries are making your life difficult.

Call us today – initial consultations are free. You can reach us at 717-848-3838 or by filling out our contact form. We represent Uber and Lyft accident victims and families in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Hanover, and Gettysburg.