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Vancouver Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers


Schauermann Thayer attorneysThough rideshares have become increasingly popular recently, many people are unaware of how they work. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft connect drivers with passengers through a Smartphone app. Passengers can request a ride and track the driver’s progress as they head to their location.

While this system is usually very efficient, it can also lead to accidents. Because rideshare drivers often work long hours and are often using the app while driving, they may be more likely to get into an accident than other drivers on the road. For these reasons, these accidents can be complex.

For example, the ride-sharing company may be liable if an Uber or Lyft driver gets into an accident while picking up a passenger. But if the driver gets into an accident while en route to a passenger, the responsibility may fall on the driver’s personal insurance policy.

This can make it difficult for injured accident victims to seek compensation. If you got into a rideshare accident in Vancouver, you should speak with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options. You can contact us today by filling out a contact form, or calling now (360) 695-4244 to schedule a free consultation.

Experienced Vancouver Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers

While Uber and Lyft accidents may be fairly new, our Vancouver car attorneys have decades of experience assisting injured accident victims. We know the complexities surrounding these injury cases and work quickly to obtain fair compensation for our clients.

If you’re involved in a Vancouver Uber or Lyft accident, you may need a lawyer from Schauermann Thayer on your side. We know you may be facing unimaginable medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. That’s why we work quickly to help you obtain the money you need.

Our Uber or Lyft accident lawyers can help you recover the compensation you deserve by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and building a solid case on your behalf. If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, don’t wait to get help.

Liability in Uber or Lyft Crashes

When you get into an Uber or Lyft, you trust the driver to get you to your destination safely. But what happens if there’s an accident? Who is liable?

Determining liability after a rideshare accident is tricky. There may be multiple parties liable depending on the details of the accident. Who is to blame depends mainly on your role and which party caused the collision.

  • Third-Party Liability. If another driver hits your Uber or Lyft and injures you, they will bear liability for the collision. Since you were a passenger of Uber or Lyft at the time of the crash, their policy might also kick in to cover unpaid expenses and damages.
  • Uber/Lyft Liability. If you are a passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian and the Uber driver was performing their duties at the time of the crash, then Uber/Lyft bears liability.
  • Uber/Lyft Driver Liability. If the Uber driver was off-duty or waiting for a paying customer, then Uber and Lyft are not responsible for these accidents. You must file a claim with the driver’s personal insurance policy in this scenario.

Why Does Liability Matter in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

Most personal insurance policies do not adequately cover all damages and expenses. In Washington, drivers only need to carry bodily injury liability of$25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. In contrast, Uber and Lyft have $1 million umbrella policies.

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As you might imagine, you may be able to collect more compensation if Uber and Lyft are liable for the accident and injuries you suffered.

As soon as a driver agrees to a trip with an Uber or Lyft customer, their $1 million liability coverage kicks in. If the driver is on the app but has not accepted a rider, Uber’s liability coverage may apply only if the driver does not have enough insurance. Then, their contingency policy only covers $50,000 injury or $100,000 total.

Common Uber and Lyft Accident Injuries

Uber or Lyft crashes cause horrific injuries to other motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, children, and all those who share the road. At Schauermann Thayer, we have helped Uber and Lyft accident victims rebuild their lives after suffering from serious injuries, such as:

  • Whiplash;
  • Back and neck injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Brain injuries;
  • Facial disfigurement and lacerations;
  • Amputations;
  • Burn injuries; and/or
  • Spinal cord injuries.

Contact Our Vancouver Uber/Lyft Accident Attorneys Today

If you or someone you love suffered an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident in Vancouver or anywhere in Washington, we are here to help. Contact a Vancouver car accident attorney from Schauermann Thayer to explore your legal options in a free consultation. You can contact us today by filling out a contact form, or calling now (360) 695-4244 to schedule a free consultation.