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Accident With an Uber Driver? Learn Your Options Now

December 7, 2021 Legal Team
Uber driver

An Uber driver has your life in his or her hands when you are in their vehicle. With more and more Uber drivers on the roadways, you could find yourself in an accident with a rideshare driver as they are rushing to pick up or deliver passengers. 

When this occurs, it can be confusing as to what actions you can take against the driver or Uber or Lyft. Who is liable for your damages suffered? The driver? The rideshare company? Insurance? Learn what options you have, and how a personal injury attorney with experience handling ride share accidents can help.

Options When the Uber Driver Was Working at the Time of the Accident

If the driver was running a route for Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, the company will offer insurance coverage for the driver. However, it will only offer coverage if the Lyft of Uber driver has the app turned on, which shows the company that they are on an active route. 


Uber’s coverage will take care of any injuries you suffered, or any damage to your vehicle. How much compensation you can receive will depend on the driver’s status. If the driver was looking for a passenger to pick up at the time of the accident, your compensation can be lower than if the driver was on their way to pick someone up, or if there was a passenger in the vehicle. 


Uber’s coverage does not automatically kick in. It’s important to hire a lawyer to help you work with the company to ensure you are correctly compensated. Rideshare providers have attorneys representing their interests, so it is vital for you to have a legal advocate on your side too.


What if the Driver Wasn’t Working at the Time of the Accident?

If the rideshare driver was not actively working for Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, the companies will not offer you compensation. However, you can still file a claim. Instead of working with Uber or Lyft, you will instead need to file a claim and try to get compensation from the driver’s insurance company, just as you would after any other car accident.


Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Whether the driver was currently working for Uber or Lyft or not, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your case and help you file a claim. If you are trying to get compensation from a rideshare company, you will need an attorney to collect evidence and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you are adequately compensated. If you need to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company, your attorney will help you file the claim and ensure they are offering you fair compensation for your injuries and damages. 


We Can Help

If you have been injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.

Once you meet with a member of the legal team at Shapiro|Delgado you’ll quickly see why so many clients turn to us for their Sarasota Uber accident lawyer needs. Call us today at (941) 541-4794, or complete our easy online form to schedule a free comprehensive case review. We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities. 


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