Injured As A Passenger On An Uber Or Lyft Ride?

The convenience and affordability of transportation via Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services are well-known. All is fine when a gig economy-based ride goes as planned. But what happens after you have been injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft car or van?

As with any motor vehicle accident, prompt legal counsel can help you protect your right to pursue maximum available compensation. At Tremont Sheldon P.C., we are ready to start an investigation, review all relevant insurance policies and help you seek recovery of the costs of your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Whose Insurance Applies?

Will you be filing a claim against a driver of another vehicle or the driver of your Uber or Lyft vehicle? What about the company of Uber or Lyft? Will your own auto insurance or health insurance be necessary resources? To begin answering your questions, let us review the facts. Both Uber and Lyft carry $1 million liability policies; however, your eligibility to collect may depend on the status of the driver and the vehicle at the time of the crash. For example:

  • Was the Uber or Lyft driver’s personal auto insurance valid, as the ride-sharing companies require?
  • Was the driver on or off the clock with the Uber or Lyft app?
  • Was the driver’s negligence the cause of the accident?

Getting to the bottom of your potential injury claim or lawsuit against the driver, another driver and/or the Uber or Lyft company is a job for a dedicated personal injury attorney. Remember that claims adjusters naturally want to limit the payout of claims. That is their job.

Our job, if we represent you, will be to help you recover the maximum available compensation from all available sources. We are available to apply our vast knowledge and experience to your case. We may need to help you file a claim through your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UI/UIM) coverage.

There Is No Risk And No Fee For An Initial Consultation

Meet with one of our attorneys at no charge. You will not owe attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

To schedule an appointment by phone, videoconference or an in-person meeting in our law offices or at your home or hospital, call 203-212-9075 or complete our online inquiry form. We represent Connecticut residents and visitors who have been injured while riding in Uber or Lyft vehicles in our state.

Auto Accident Frequently Asked Questions

What is a personal injury attorney?

A personal injury attorney represents victims and their families who have been injured due to someone’s negligence or reckless actions. A personal injury attorney can help you find justice after an accident by pursuing compensation to help pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and damages depending on your case.

When should you contact a lawyer after a car accident?

You should call a lawyer before you speak to the insurance company. An attorney can protect your rights by collecting evidence, evaluating all options for recovery and negotiating with the insurance company to maximize the compensation in your case.

When should you hire an attorney after an accident?

Hiring an attorney is a big decision, especially after you have been injured. However, it is one that should be made as soon as possible so your right to file a claim is protected.

What are your rights after a car accident?

You have the right to pursue a legal claim against the driver responsible for the accident. To protect yourself, do not admit fault after an accident. You also do not need to make statements to the insurance company or sign any settlement agreements without consulting a lawyer first. Speaking to a lawyer can help you protect your right to file a lawsuit after an accident.

How do I know if I have the proper auto insurance?

Tremont Sheldon P.C. repeatedly reminds and educates our clients regarding the importance of having appropriate auto insurance coverage. Over and over again, we see clients who are left unprotected with inadequate insurance. Tremont Sheldon P.C. would like to share with you the seven do’s and don’ts for selecting the best auto insurance protection for your family.

1. DO understand your policy. Can you answer the following questions?
1. What is the amount of my bodily injury/liability (BI) coverage?
2. What is the amount of my uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage?
3. What can I do to obtain conversion coverage or double UM?

2. DO increase your UM/UIM coverage, if possible.
We always hear people tell us that they have purchased umbrella insurance coverage, yet they do not know their UM/UIM limits. While umbrella, excess and BI coverage protect you if you cause an accident, they afford no protection if an uninsured or underinsured motorist injures you. The only way to protect yourself is to increase your UM/UIM coverage and request double coverage. Example: If you have $300,000 BI and $300,000 UM, request double UM coverage and increase your UM limits to $600,000.

3. DO purchase underinsured motorist conversion (UIMC) coverage.
UIMC coverage guarantees that you and your family will be afforded the full extent of the coverage you purchased, no matter how much is recovered from the driver who caused the collision. Otherwise, the amount that you receive from the other driver will be deducted from your coverage. Example: At-fault driver pays out to injured person his $20,000 limited policy. Injured person has limited $50,000 without conversion. Injured person can only make claim for remaining $30,000 in coverage (50,000-20,000 = 30,000). With conversion coverage, injured person can make a claim for $50,000. If the injured person had double UM, he will have $100,000 of coverage in addition to the $20,000 received.

4. DON’T be cheap – be smart.
A few dollars saved can result in inadequate coverage, which basically is no coverage at all. Although the law only requires limits of $20,000 worth of coverage per person and $40,000 worth of coverage per accident, such limits are woefully insufficient to cover the costs resulting from serious injury. Remember to purchase the maximum amount of insurance that you can afford as it is money well spent.

5. DON’T “write down” your UM/UIM motorist coverage.
Always reject any offer to reduce your UM/UIM coverage to below the amount of your BI coverage.

6. DON’T be left without medical coverage.
The law no longer requires you to purchase no fault or medical benefit coverage. However, if you do not have health insurance coverage, you should still purchase this optional coverage in order to protect yourself. If you do have health insurance, the premium for this coverage may be better spent increasing your UM/UIM limits.

7. DON’T think “It won’t happen to me.”
Unfortunately, Tremont Sheldon P.C. has seen many situations where clients have been injured by uninsured or underinsured drivers and these clients have had inadequate UM/UIM coverage. Hopefully, you will never need it, but be smart and protect yourself.