Who Pays When Your Uber or Lyft Driver Causes a Serious Accident?
Are you a passenger who was injured while riding Uber?
Are you an Uber driver who was injured-on-the-job?
Are you a driver or pedestrian who was involved in an accident involving an Uber driver?
If you’ve been injured in a Pennsylvania Uber accident, you deserve compensation. But, getting fair compensation for an Uber accident isn’t easy. Our Uber accident lawyers are here to help.
Uber Insurance Requirements
Taxi cabs are licensed through the state. The drivers and the vehicles owners must meet all state and local insurance requirements. If there is an accident, liability for injuries is determined by laws specific to taxi cabs.
Uber and Lyft are not taxi cab services. The vehicles are owned and maintained by the drivers, not the company. And although Uber and Lyft carry insurance, the drivers are also required to carry personal vehicle insurance in order to guarantee that all accidents are covered. Yet, the rules determining liability are unclear. In many cases, the company insurance is secondary to the driver’s personal vehicle insurance. And in some cases, there is no insurance coverage at all.
Confusing Rules Make Uber Different from Other Pennsylvania Car Accidents
Like most big companies, Uber wants to make a profit. Paying for accident claims reduces profits, so Uber uses several “tricks” to avoid paying victims of Uber accidents.
- Uber considers itself a technology provider, much like your cable company or internet service provider. Since it is not a transportation company, Uber limits its responsibility for Uber accidents.
- Drivers are not Uber employees. All Uber drivers are hired as independent contractors. It is these contractors who are responsible for providing safe transportation.
You choose Uber because they promise a safe ride, but these tactics are designed transfer Uber’s responsibility for your safety to the driver. This makes it difficult for victims of Uber accidents to get compensation from the company. And it hurts Uber accident victims because many drivers have limited insurance coverage. This is unfair.
Help for Your Uber Accident Claim
If you are a passenger, driver or pedestrian who was injured in an accident involving Uber, you may be eligible for compensation from both the driver’s insurance company and from Uber’s additional policy. It’s not easy to get compensation, but Jon Ostroff and the team at Ostroff Injury Law have stood up to the big insurance companies for more than 20 years. We have the skills and experience needed to face Uber and get you the compensation you deserve.
When you are injured, you deserve fair compensation. If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving Uber, Lyft or another transportation network, contact Ostroff Law. Attorney Jon Ostroff will evaluate your case and explain your rights. Call 800-818-8148 to schedule your free consultation.