After a car accident, you want to know who will cover your medical bills and other expenses. Determining liability can be more complicated when a rideshare driver is involved. If you were recently in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you might be able to file a lawsuit against:
- The rideshare company
- The rideshare driver
- Another liable party
Liability in an Uber or Lyft Car Accident
The circumstances of your accident will determine who you can sue. This may include factors such as whose negligence caused the accident and whether the Uber or Lyft driver was logged-on to the rideshare app at the time of the accident. In some cases, accident victims may need to sue multiple parties.
Due to the nature of how rideshare companies operate—with drivers working as independent contractors—liability involving Uber or Lyft drivers can be difficult to navigate. Determining who can be held liable in a rideshare accident may depend on several factors. A rideshare accident lawyer from our law firm can help you figure out who is responsible for your injuries and what legal options you have to pursue compensation.
If You Were Injured as a Rideshare Passenger
If you were injured in an accident that occurred while you were being transported as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, and your rideshare driver was at fault, you may be covered by the ridesharing company’s insurance policy.
However, if another driver caused your accident, they may be at fault for your injuries, and your lawsuit may go against the other driver.
If You Were Injured as a Driver by a Rideshare Vehicle
If you were driving your own vehicle and were involved in an accident caused by a rideshare driver, liability may depend on whether the rideshare driver was working at the time of the accident.
- When a rideshare driver is logged-on to the app and waiting to be assigned a ride, both rideshare companies offer one type of insurance coverage if the driver’s personal insurance policy doesn’t cover the accident.
- When a rideshare driver is logged-on to the app and is en route to pick up a passenger or is transporting a passenger, both companies provide a different type of insurance coverage.
- When a rideshare driver is not logged-on to the app, the rideshare company offers no coverage, and the driver’s personal auto insurance policy must cover accidents they cause.
These layers of insurance coverage can be confusing to navigate, and this system can put accident victims in the middle of a dispute between multiple insurance providers.
If Another Party Caused the Accident
There can be other potentially liable parties in a rideshare accident as well. Consider:
- A multi-vehicle collision where another driver in their personal vehicle caused the accident
- An accident caused by a defective vehicle component
- An accident caused by a poorly maintained road
You don’t have to struggle to understand the legal issues surrounding a rideshare car accident on your own. A lawyer from our firm can help you navigate the legal aftermath of a rideshare accident and pursue compensation from all potentially liable parties.
For a free legal consultation, call (337) 777-7777
The Deadline To Sue in Louisiana
Another important factor in your ability to sue is how long it has been since the accident occurred. Per CC Art. 3492, you generally have just one year from the date of your accident to submit a personal injury lawsuit in Louisiana.
After this time limit expires, a judge may dismiss your lawsuit. Our firm can help you meet the filing deadlines in your case.
The Damages Available in a Car Accident Case
In a successful car accident case, you may be able to recover compensation for a variety of damages, such as:
- Your current and future medical bills
- The income you missed during your recovery
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
There may be other types of damages available in your case. A lawyer from our firm can help you identify your damages and collect evidence of their value to use in your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Get Help Today From Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we understand how the insurance policies of rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft can be confusing. The rideshare accident attorneys from our firm are prepared to handle these types of cases and are willing to take on any party who may be liable for your injuries, from an individual driver to a rideshare company.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers serves clients in Lafayette and other cities throughout Louisiana. To learn more about your options and if you can file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft for your car accident, call our client intake team today at (337) 777-7777. We offer free consultations to all potential clients.