Goldsboro Uber Accident Attorneys
Within the past few years, Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular. Both services offer affordable and convenient rides for customers. Since Goldsboro has just recently gotten both Uber and Lyft services, residents are able to visit friends, families, and even some of the new breweries and restaurants without worrying about drinking and driving. Although ridesharing is a great way to prevent drunk driving, there are other risks passengers take when they get into a ridesharing vehicle.
Similar to other drivers, Uber, Lyft and other taxi drivers can also get into accidents. In some cases, these drivers can even be more prone to accidents because they use cell phones to accept new rides as well as follow GPS directions to customer destinations. Additionally, since the peak hours for ridesharing occurs on weekend nights, the risks of getting hit by a drunk driver are increased. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber, Lyft, taxi or other ride-sharing accident in Goldsboro, contact Riddle and Brantley today to discuss your legal options.
Have You Been Injured While Riding in an Uber or Lyft?
Whether your accident was caused by the rideshare driver or another third party, our attorneys can evaluate your claim and determine if you might be entitled to compensation. Since rideshare drivers, passengers and third parties can all be involved in an accident, determining who is at fault can be difficult. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney can help you determine the at-fault party.
Additionally, Uber and Lyft both have insurance policies that can cover passengers’ injuries in the event of an accident, including medical bills and other damages. Whether it’s investigating the accident, negotiating with the insurance company or advocating for you at trial, our firm has the experience to handle your case.
Injured as a Third Party in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Presently, most of the accidents involving Uber or Lyft are the fault of other drivers, not the drivers of the rideshare vehicle. At the time of the accident, if you were not a passenger in the rideshare vehicle but you were a driver or passenger in the other vehicle, then your claim will look differently. The rideshare company might compensate you for your injuries, depending on whether the driver was currently logged into the Uber or Lyft app when the accident occurred. However, if the driver was not logged in the app at the time of the accident then your damages will likely be compensated through the driver’s personal auto insurance company.
Another possibility is that another third party could be liable. For instance, if an Uber driver rear-ended you due to faulty brakes, then the car manufacturer could also be at fault. The best way to determine all of the liable parties is to hire an attorney.
What Insurance is Available to Pay for Medical Bills and Injuries?
There are several types of coverage in play when you are injured in a taxi, Uber or Lyft accident. If the taxi or rideshare driver is liable then the liability coverage on that cab or vehicle will pay for all medical bills, lost wages and injuries. In addition, your own household auto policy may have Medical Payment coverage that will pay some of your medical bills. If you are riding in a friend’s vehicle then the policy covering that vehicle may also provide Medical Payment coverage for you.
If you are a passenger in the Uber or Lyft vehicle and another driver is at fault, then the other driver’s insurance policy is liable for all of your damages. The Uber or Lyft vehicle, as well as your own household policies, may also provide Medical Payment coverage to pay for some of your medical bills. The auto policies in play in taxi and Uber accidents include your own household policies, the Cab or Uber policy, and the policies covering all at fault drivers in the accident.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
If you are involved in an accident, the first step is to always call 911. Even if no one sustained injuries, it’s important to contact the local authorities so that they can assess the damages and file an official police report. It is also important to have everyone’s version on record so that fault can be determined.
Once you have received the proper medical attention and have spoken with the police, log into either your Uber or Lyft app to report the accident. In the event a claim is filed, the appropriate rideshare company will need to have an official report of the accident as well.
The final step after an accident is to speak with an attorney. Depending on the severity of the accident and your injuries, you may have a claim against the at-fault party. Attempting to handle the claim on your own with the insurance company could result in a low offer or no compensation at all. Speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer may help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
For over 30 years, the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have been representing victims of various types of accidents and have had many successful settlements. If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, don’t try to handle it on your own. Contact our Goldsboro legal team today for a free, no obligation case review.