Chesterfield Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Injured as a Passenger in a Ridesharing Experience?
Ridesharing accidents can get complicated when it comes to liability. Who is at fault for the accident? Whose insurance will cover the incident? Our rideshare accident attorneys at Nichols Lang & Hamlin, LLC have over 60 years of combined experience practicing law and know how to fight tenaciously in civil court. We are all award-winning trial lawyers who stay up to date on personal injury law, especially as ridesharing becomes an increasingly popular means of getting around. Whether you have been injured in an accident while riding Uber or Lyft, Nichols Lang & Hamlin, LLC can build your civil claim and protect your rights as a victim.
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What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
The first thing you should do if you’ve been in a rideshare accident is to make sure you and everyone else involved are okay. You should then contact emergency services and collect any relevant information about the accident from the rideshare driver, any other drivers in the accident, and any eyewitnesses present.
Note that if you have not sustained obvious injuries, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Accident claims have a statute of limitations from the date of the accident or the date the injury was discovered, so it is worth checking.
Who Will Cover Damages?
Depending on the rideshare company, you will likely be covered by the company’s insurance. For instance, Uber and Lyft have a $1 million insurance policy for injured passengers that is usable as long as the passenger is being driven to their destination and the driver is actively using the app. In other words, the rideshare companies will provide insurance as long as the driver was working for the company when the accident occurred.
Drivers will also have their own personal auto insurance as required by Missouri law, but as long as the driver was working the ridesharing company should provide compensation for the injured parties.
This means that if the passenger is injured when the Uber or Lyft vehicle is hit by a motorist who does not have insurance or does not carry enough coverage, the rideshare companies may provide insurance coverage to the passenger.
You have the right to take legal action in the form of an injury claim against both the rideshare driver and the rideshare company if the driver was the individual at fault. Alternatively, if another driver caused the accident, you could file a legal claim against that driver, in which case their personal insurance will cover the damages. In such a case, you might also be able to recover some damages from the rideshare company, too. Additionally, if the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured, the rideshare company may provide insurance for the passenger.
It can be confusing to navigate the liability structure of a rideshare accident. For effective legal support, contact the rideshare accident attorneys Nichols Lang & Hamlin, LLC. We can evaluate your situation and make sure you obtain damages for your injuries as a passenger, whether these damages come from the rideshare company and/or the driver.
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