Uber/Lyft Accidents in Washington D.C. | What You Should Know

Though Uber/Lyft are becoming more and more popular means of transportation in today’s day and age, these ridesharing services do not come without risk, and if you’ve been injured in an Uber/Lyft auto accident, it is critical that you continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to learn more about Uber/Lyft accidents and how we can help you through the legal process ahead.

How do Uber/Lyft accidents happen?

Uber/Lyft accidents can happen for several reasons, though much like other auto accidents, they are frequently the result of negligence. Some of the most common causes of Uber/Lyft accidents include texting while driving, using a GPS while driving, driving while under the influence, speeding, and ignoring all other rules and regulations of the road. That being said, there are times where these accidents are caused by Uber/Lyft drivers, and there are other times where they are caused by other drivers. Our firm can assess the circumstances of your case and determine the liable party.

Does Uber/Lyft have liability coverage?

Uber and Lyft do have a liability coverage system in place. That system is as follows:

  • Period 0: Period 0 is when the Uber/Lyft driver gets into an accident before logging into the app. Uber/Lyft will not provide liability in this case.
  • Period 1: Period 1 is when an Uber/Lyft driver crashed while logged in to the app but before accepting a ride. In Period 1, Uber/Lyft 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: Period 2 is when an Uber/Lyft crashed while en route to pick up a rider after accepting his or her trip. In Period 2, Uber/Lyft’s liability coverage increases to $1 million.
  • Period 3: This is when an Uber/Lyft driver crashed while a passenger is in his or her car. In Period 3, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage up to $1 million, additional limited coverage for any damage to the driver’s car and uninsured motorists’ coverage.

How long will I have to sue for an injury in an Uber/Lyft accident in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured in an accident in Washington D.C., you must file your personal injury claim within three years of the date of your accident, in accordance with D.C.’s statute of limitations. Waiting any longer than three years will most likely relinquish your right to sue. We can help you today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.