Can I Sue if I am Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Pennsylvania?

Though many of us now recognize Uber and Lyft’s ridesharing services as a safe and cost-efficient means of transportation, this is not always the case. If you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you most likely now require financial compensation to help you get back on your feet again. Fortunately, our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys can help you do so. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most frequent causes of car accidents?

Uber/Lyft accidents are caused by several different factors, though the most common cause, unsurprisingly, is driver negligence. Some of the most common causes of Uber/Lyft accidents in Pennsylvania can include texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while drowsy or fatigued, and speeding.

How do I know if I qualify for compensation after an accident?

The key to winning a personal injury lawsuit after an auto accident is proving you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. This may sound fairly straightforward, however, it is always best to retain the legal assistance of an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. Our firm will work to effectively uncover various types of evidence that we can use to prove your claim.

How does Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage work?

Uber/Lyft has a liability coverage system in place outlining the financial assistance they owe to those who have been injured in Uber/Lyft accidents. The ridesharing services’ liability coverage is as follows:

  • Period 0: Period 0 is when the Uber/Lyft driver has not yet logged into the rideshare app and was involved in an accident. When this happens, Uber/Lyft will not provide coverage.
  • Period 1: This is when the Uber/Lyft driver is logged in to the app but has not yet accepted a ride at the time of the accident. At this time, the company will provide liability coverage of up to $50,000 per person injured in the accident, $100,000 total injury liability per accident, and $25,000 property damage liability.
  • Period 2: This is when the driver gets in an accident after accepting a trip and is en route to the passenger’s location. In this situation, Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage increases to $1 million.
  • Period 3: If the passenger is in the rideshare car at the time of the accident occurring, Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage is up to $1 million, as well as additional limited coverage for any damage to the driver’s car and the uninsured motorists’ coverage.

Uber and Lyft Have Made Recent Changes

You should note that in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Uber/Lyft has announced various changes to their policies regarding rider and driver safety that will last through the end of June. Until the end of next month, both riders and drivers are required to wear masks. Drivers will have to take a selfie to confirm their face is covered. If they do not, they will not be allowed to drive. If your driver arrives without a mask, you do not have to get in the car, and you may report the driver.

For any additional questions regarding Uber or Lyft accident claims, reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today.

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