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Hit by an Uber or Lyft: Who is Liable and What Are Your Rights?

July 19, 2023


In the bustling streets of Pennsylvania, the prevalence of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft has transformed the way people commute. However, with the increased popularity of these services, there's also been a rise in the number of accidents involving pedestrians. It's crucial to comprehend your rights and determine who might be responsible for the injuries you sustained if an Uber or Lyft vehicle struck you. In this article, we will explore the legal aspects of pedestrian injuries and car accidents involving ride-sharing companies, shedding light on your rights as a victim.

I. Rise of Ride-Sharing Services and the Potential for Accidents

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have become a convenient and cost-effective mode of transportation for countless people. However, the surge in their usage has led to an increase in accidents involving pedestrians. Drivers may get distracted, overlook traffic signals, or fail to exercise caution while driving in busy areas, leading to serious injuries or even fatalities for pedestrians.

II. Understanding Liability in Uber and Lyft Accidents

Determining liability in ride-sharing accidents can be complex due to the involvement of multiple parties. The primary factors to consider are:

  • The Driver's Liability: If the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault for the accident, their insurance may come into play. Both Uber and Lyft provide liability coverage for their drivers. The coverage amount may vary depending on whether the driver was actively transporting a passenger, en route to pick up a passenger, or waiting for a ride request.
  • Ride-Sharing Company's Liability: Uber and Lyft are Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and may be held partially responsible for the accident. The companies are required to carry significant insurance coverage to protect passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians involved in accidents.
  • Third-Party Liability: In some cases, the negligence of another driver or a pedestrian may contribute to the accident. Identifying all responsible parties is essential in pursuing fair compensation for injuries sustained.

III. Your Rights as a Pedestrian Injured by an Uber or Lyft

1. Seeking Medical Attention: Your health is of the utmost importance. Seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries appear minor at first. Some injuries may have delayed symptoms, and early medical intervention can prevent complications.

2. Reporting the Accident: Call the police and report the accident. Request a copy of the police report, as it can be valuable evidence when seeking compensation.

3. Gathering Evidence: If possible, collect evidence from the accident scene. Take photos of the vehicle involved, road conditions, traffic signs, and any visible injuries. Gather contact information from witnesses who can provide statements later.

4. Contacting an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney: Consult with a reputable personal injury attorney experienced in handling Uber and Lyft accidents. They can guide you through the legal process and protect your rights while dealing with insurance companies.

After an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical bills, hospitalization costs, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatments
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for the time you were unable to work due to your injuries
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages to compensate for the physical pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful Death and Survival Claims: In the event of a fatal accident, surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death and survival claim to seek compensation for their losses.

Key Takeaway:

Being involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle can be a traumatic experience, especially for pedestrians. Understanding your rights and knowing who is liable can make a significant difference in your ability to seek fair compensation for your injuries. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is vital to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney who can advocate for your rights and guide you through the legal process, helping you secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim Today for a Free Consultation About Your Uber/Lyft Accident

When facing the aftermath of a pedestrian injury or car accident involving ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, the legal process can be daunting. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we are here to offer you the compassionate support and expert legal representation you need during this challenging time.

With decades of experience and a proven track record of success, our team of dedicated attorneys is well-versed in handling complex personal injury cases, including those involving Uber and Lyft accidents. We understand the intricacies of Pennsylvania law and have a deep understanding of how to navigate the complexities of ride-sharing company liability.

At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we believe in the power of personalized attention. When you choose us as your legal advocates, you can rest assured that your case will be given the individualized attention it deserves. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate your accident, gather essential evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf.

We know that injuries can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our goal is to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. You don't have to face this battle alone; we are here to guide you every step of the way.

Choosing the right law firm can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, you are choosing a team that is not afraid to take on powerful adversaries and stand up for your rights. Our results speak for themselves, as we have successfully secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us begin fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve. Our dedicated team is ready to be your strong advocate and provide you with the legal support you need to move forward after a devastating accident.


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