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In Chicago and other major cities throughout the United States, residents and visitors alike rely on rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to get around. From being dropped off at the airport or at home after a night of drinking, a user can simply request a ride from an app on their cell phone. However, Uber and Lyft drivers also experience car accidents just like any other motorist.
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Illinois, our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Leonard Law Group can help you recover financial compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. We know what it takes to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions and maximize the award you deserve.
For more than two decades, we have helped our clients obtain over $500 million in awards, verdicts, and settlements. Call (312) 487-2513 now to set up a free consultation, or get a free second opinion!
Liability in an Uber or Lyft Accident
When a person suffers an injury in a rideshare accident, he/she must determine who is liable and damages involved—just like any other car accident case.
If you were struck by an Uber/Lyft vehicle while driving your personal car, you could hold the driver responsible for any injuries and damages you sustained. However, if the driver doesn’t have adequate insurance coverage, it is possible to file a claim with the ridesharing company.
If you were a passenger of a rideshare vehicle when the accident occurred, Uber and Lyft can cover your injuries if the rideshare driver is at fault. They offer $1 million in coverage per accident.
If a third-party vehicle is at fault, then you must pursue a claim against that driver. If they’re uninsured or underinsured, Uber and Lyft offer $1 million for insurance and underinsured motorist coverage.
How Do You Report a Rideshare Accident?
First, make sure everyone is okay after an accident by seeking medical help. You may also notify the police to make an official report. After everyone is safe, report the accident to Uber or Lyft within the app. You will then have an incident report emailed to you. Keep this, as it can be used by your attorney later. You may also report the accident to your own insurance company, so all agencies involved can investigate the accident. You should then get a response within two or three business days.
Remember, do not accept any offers or sign any paperwork before having your attorney look over its terms. At Leonard Law Group, we will always fight for the full and fair compensation you need to recover.
How Often Do Uber/Lyft Drivers Get into Accidents?
Both Uber and Lyft are notoriously tight lipped about their accident statistics, but there is some information we can get from a safety report that Uber released in December 2019. This report outlined fatal accident statistics from 20127 and 2018. Using this, a study conducted by Rice University and the University of Chicago correlated a 2 - 3% rise in fatal car accidents with the launch of a ridesharing service in any given metropolitan area.
In general, professional drivers are more likely to speed, drive with tired, or perform other reckless behaviors because of the pressure they face to pick up and drop off more passengers. They also spend a larger time on the road over an average driver, leading to more opportunities for accidents.
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