Lyft and Uber Accidents
Our experienced attorneys fight for the injured
The ridesharing apps Lyft and Uber are widely used throughout North Carolina. But what happens if you were hurt in a car accident caused by one of their drivers? Recovering the financial compensation you deserve can be complicated. That’s why you need an experienced car accident attorney to guide you through the legal process.
Brent Adams & Associates have been fighting for the injured since 1973. We don’t like it when insurance companies try to push victims into taking less money. Some people don’t even realize they have the option of fighting back. They figure that insurance company lawyers will always win. Our attorneys level the playing field and fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
How do Lyft and Uber accidents happen? Sometimes drivers were speeding or operating recklessly. A driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drug. Some drivers get behind the wheel when they are too tired. Others were texting or checking the app while driver, taking their eyes of the road.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, you deserve financial compensation. But who is responsible for paying it?
Strong cases built on facts
Drivers for these companies are considered to be independent contractors. They are required to carry their own insurance policies. Lyft and Uber also provide a certain amount of insurance for their drivers. So which policy was in effect at the time for your crash? It depends on the status of the driver at the time.
There are “periods” that determine which policy was in effect:
- Period 1 – The driver is logged into the app and is waiting for a ride request.
- Period 2 – The driver has accepted a ride request and is on the way to pick up a passenger.
- Period 3 – The driver is carrying a passenger.
Our attorneys can help determine which period applies to your situation and which policy or policies are responsible for coverage.
Whether you are dealing with the driver’s insurance company, or the insurance company representing Lyft or Uber, you will face challenges and obstacles when trying to recover compensation. Insurance companies have one thing in common – they like to pay as little as possible.
There are many tactics insurance companies use to limit compensation. They’ll question the seriousness of your injuries or seek medical records to try to prove they were pre-existing. They’ll dispute the status of the driver. Or they may try to claim you were partially responsible for the accident, which could prevent you from recovering compensation.
Another common tactic is to offer you settlement soon after the crash. That doesn’t sound like a bad thing, and you may be tempted to accept as your medical expenses add up. The problem is that their offer will fall far short of covering the damages you suffered. It’s just another way for them to save money.
We fight for maximum compensation
Our attorneys know the tactics insurance companies use and help you fight back. Our legal team investigate your ridesharing accident to get the facts. We gather evidence, including data kept by Lyft or Uber about the driver’s activities. We carefully review all documentation and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult experts.
We build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. Then we pursue all options for recovering maximum compensation. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses to treat your injuries, lost wages if you couldn’t work and other damages such as pain and suffering.
Our attorneys are often able to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. If the insurance company won’t negotiate, we’re not afraid to take them to court, where we have a record of getting results. No wonder insurance companies hate us.