Pennsylvania I-76 Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
Nobody should have to go through a car accident. Unfortunately, thousands of drivers face this frightening reality on a daily basis – and in many cases, the scene of the crash is a highway. With so many drivers fighting for a spot on a busy, high-speed road, an...read more
Uber and Lyft ridesharing services have been gaining momentum through recent years. Thousands of people prefer these services over taxis or public transportation due to their affordable prices and convenience. However, like other vehicles, Ubers and Lyfts can get involved in serious accidents while transporting passengers. For instance, I-76 is commonly used by Uber and Lyft drivers every day. Known locally as the Schuylkill Expressway, I-76 one of the most dangerous roads in Pennsylvania, with a high risk of crashes and injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in an Uber or Lyft accident on I-76 in Pennsylvania, our experienced Schuylkill Expressway accident lawyers may be able to help. Call Jacobs & Fishman, P.C today to schedule a free, confidential consultation at (610) 941-4250, or contact us online.
Liability for Uber and Lyft Car Accidents in Pennsylvania
Most car accidents, including rideshare accidents, are caused by negligence. This means the negligent actions of a driver lead to a crash. Some crashes are caused by Lyft or Uber drivers, while others occur when another vehicle collides with a Lyft or Uber. Different examples of driver negligence include speeding, distracted driving, failing to use turn signals, running stop signs or red lights, failing to follow at a safe distance (tailgating), and other forms of negligence.
While it may seem obvious to you who was responsible for your injuries, there is still a critical question to be answered: who is financially responsible for your losses? The answer will depend on whether your driver was on or off duty. If your Uber or Lyft driver was not on duty during an accident, or not logged into the rideshare service company’s app, the company will not provide any coverage. However, the driver’s insurance may cover your losses up to the policy limits.
If the rideshare service rider was on duty, or logged into their Uber or Lyft account, but had no passengers, the driver may be covered under the company’s liability insurance policy. Under these circumstances, Uber will cover $50,000 per person or $100,000 per accident for bodily injuries, and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
If the driver has an accident while driving to pick up a rider and during the trip, Uber provides coverage of up to $1 million. This policy includes third party liability coverage, uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) bodily injury coverage, and contingent collision and comprehensive coverage.
Uber and Lyft drivers are not direct employees of the company. Instead, Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors. For this reason, rideshare companies deny liability for the negligent actions of their drivers. However, our skilled I-76 Lyft accident lawyers can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
Filing an Injury Claim After an Uber or Lyft Accident
Dealing with a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident can be stressful and confusing, especially for individuals who are unfamiliar with court procedures. However, our personal injury lawyers can help you through the entire process. You may be able to obtain compensation for your losses. However, there are specific elements you will need to prove to have a successful claim. The elements you will need to show include:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- The breach of duty caused you harm
- You suffered damages
It is also essential to consider time limits and legal deadlines when deciding to file a personal injury claim. The state of Pennsylvania has what is known as the “statute of limitations.” As the name implies, this limits the amount of time you have to file your claim. Generally, you have two years from the date you suffered your injuries to file your claim. Our skilled and experienced I-76 Uber accident attorneys have decades of experience handling many personal injury claims. We are prepared to fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve.
I-76 Lyft and Uber Accident Lawyers in Conshohocken, PA
It is easy to feel hopeless after a devastating car accident. A severe injury can change your life overnight. However, you don’t need to go through this trying time alone. The I-76 Lyft accident lawyers at Jacobs & Fishman, P.C. may be able to help. If you or a family member was injured in a rideshare accident due to the negligent actions of another driver, you need immediate legal assistance. For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (610) 941-4250, or contact us online.