What Should I do if I was Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Washington D.C.?

The Washington D.C. area has seen a drastic spike in the use of Uber or Lyft services in the past few years. While many have come to depend on the ridesharing apps, the truth is, they are not always safe. If you were injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, you need an experienced Uber/Lyft accident attorney on your side. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What causes car accidents in Washington D.C.?

Car accidents are caused by several different factors, though the most common include speeding, driving under the influence, texting while driving, and driving while fatigued. Washington D.C. is a very busy city, and distracted motorists are everywhere. If you were injured because of one, there is a very good chance you will be entitled to compensation.

Do I qualify for compensation after an accident?

To qualify for financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. However, this is oftentimes easier said than done, so you must ensure you hire an experienced attorney who knows how to win an Uber/Lyft lawsuit. Your attorney will have to effectively gather and present evidence, including surveillance footage, pictures of the accident, witness statements, police reports, medical documents, and more.

How will Uber or Lyft’s liability coverage help me?

Uber and Lyft now have what is known as liability coverage, meaning they will provide financial assistance to those injured in Uber or Lyft-related accidents. Uber and Lyft’s liability coverage is as follows:

  • Period 0: When the Uber/Lyft driver is not logged into the rideshare app, the ridesharing app does not provide coverage.
  • Period 1: If the driver is logged in but has not accepted a ride and causes an accident, the company will provide liability coverage–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: If the driver has accepted a trip and is en route to the passenger’s location and causes an accident, the liability coverage increases to $1 million.
  • Period 3: If the passenger is in the rideshare car, liability coverage is up to $1 million, plus limited coverage for any damage to the driver’s car and the uninsured motorists’ coverage.

You should also note that if your driver was not on the clock at the time the accident occurred, then his or her insurance company will most likely pay the damages owed to you.

Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm

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.