Liability for accidents with ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft can be tricky. What may happen legally if you are involved in an accident in an Uber or Lyft vehicle depends on the circumstances, and who was at fault for the accident.
First, let’s assume the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident. In that case, you can sue the driver. However, it is possible the driver may only have a personal automobile insurance policy. That policy may not apply if a driver is engaged in driving for a business, including transporting passengers for a fee. Some states require ridesharing companies to carry insurance for death, personal injury, and property damage caused by the drivers. If your ridesharing company does not have such a policy, and you suffered damages in the accident, you may be able to sue the company itself.
If the Uber or Lyft driver was not at fault for the accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver of the other vehicle who was at fault for the accident. Hopefully, that driver has automobile insurance which will cover the costs of your injuries. If not, the ridesharing company you use may have uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or a Lyft vehicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation includes money for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Call the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.