Ride sharing has become very popular in the last few years all over the US, the world, and especially in the greater Seattle area. It works on a peer-to-peer driver-partner concept where drivers (who are owners of their own car) partner up with a company such as Uber or Lyft to provide rides to potential customers. Today, ordering a ride has become a piece of cake due to the availability of smartphone apps, social media, GPS navigation devices and online services. However, as the ride share industry continues to rapidly increase, so does the number of accidents and collisions involving Lyft and Uber drivers.
Report the incident to Uber using the app. This may be done via the Uber App as follows (correct as at June 2018. App updates may change the process):
If a ride sharing driver is involved in an accident while using a ride sharing app, then he or she will need to make a claim on the policy offered through the ride sharing company. However, if the ride sharing driver is not using a ride sharing app at the time of an accident, then he or she will have to rely on his or her own personal auto insurance policy for legal accident benefits.
If the other driver was at fault in causing the accident, then the ride sharing driver must submit any fault-based claim to the other driver’s insurance.
Ride sharing passengers and third parties will look to their own personal auto insurance, if any. However, for fault-based claims against the ride sharing driver or another driver, the passenger or third party should make a claim against the at fault party’s insurance company.
Whether you were an Uber driver, a passenger in an Uber, or a third party driver or pedestrian who was hit by an Uber, an attorney at Elsner Law Firm is ready to assist you with your personal injuries claim. Contact them today for a free case evaluation and discover the benefits a personal injury lawyer can bring to your case.