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Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft make it easy to get around at a moment’s notice, but they may also increase the risk of traffic accidents. What’s more, these companies have structured themselves in a way that can make it confusing and even downright challenging for victims of these accidents to seek fair compensation.

How Our West Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You

super lawyer award Jeff Robinette 2022If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a Lyft or Uber driver, you need help from an experienced attorney. With a skilled lawyer, you can better navigate these complexities, negotiate with the insurance company, and demand every cent you deserve for what you’ve suffered. You need the help of the team at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC.

For over two decades, our firm has fought to protect the rights and interests of accident victims across West Virginia. Lead attorney Jeff Robinette previously worked at one of the state’s leading insurance defense firms, which means he knows first-hand how insurers fight accident claims and minimize payouts. Now, he uses that insight today to help clients obtain maximum financial recovery.

Don’t wait another minute to demand the compensation and justice you deserve for a rideshare accident that wasn’t your fault. Contact Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, for a free initial consultation with a West Virginia car accident lawyer specializing in rideshare crashes to discuss your legal options for financial recovery.

What Damages Can You Recover After a Rideshare Accident in West Virginia?

If you’ve suffered injuries and property damage in a rideshare accident in West Virginia, you may have the right to recover compensation for your:

  • Vehicle repairs or reimbursement of your car’s value if the crash totaled it
  • Medical bills, including treatment, rehabilitation, emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, medications, and physical/occupational therapy
  • Long-term disability care and support services, including home health care, housekeeping services, or home renovations to install disability accommodations
  • Ongoing and future losses of wages/income from missed work or reduced earnings in a modified duty role required by your medical restrictions
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life because of disabilities or disfigurement that interferes with daily tasks or participating in activities you previously enjoyed

Who is Liable For My Injuries Resulting From an Uber or Lyft Accident?

The complicated nature of rideshare accidents means that several different parties could be at fault for a Lyft or Uber accident, including:

  • The rideshare driver: A driver who causes an auto accident due to carelessness or recklessness may be liable to their injured passenger(s) or other accident victims.
  • The rideshare company: The rideshare company might bear liability if the company negligently retained or supervised the driver, such as failing to conduct a background check or not removing the driver after repeated traffic violations.
  • Another motorist: If another driver hit the Uber or Lyft vehicle you were riding in, you can file a claim against that driver’s liability insurance policy.

What Should You Do After an Uber or Lyft Car Accident?

Taking prompt action after an Uber or Lyft can put you in a favorable position or help you recover financially. Here are some things you can do to strengthen your claim:

  • Report the accident to local law enforcement and request a copy of the police crash report.
  • Report the accident to the rideshare company, which you can do either through the trip screen on the mobile application or the rideshare company’s website.
  • Seek prompt medical attention to document injuries you suffered in the crash and begin treatment.
  • Notify your car insurance provider about the accident to file a claim for the coverage in your policy, such as medical payments or collision coverage.
  • Obtain copies of your medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Keep all bills, invoices, and receipts of expenses you incur as part of your recovery.
  • Gather your pay stubs or income statements to calculate lost wages if you take time off work during your recovery or become disabled from your job.

Finally, contact a Lyft and Uber accident lawyer from Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, as soon as possible to help with your claim.

What are the Insurance Requirements for Uber and Lyft Drivers?

Under West Virginia law, Uber and Lyft drivers must maintain private bodily injury auto insurance in the amount of at least $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident. Uber and Lyft also provide additional bodily injury coverage for up to $1 million, depending on the circumstances. That said, establishing that Lyft or Uber is liable for your injuries is necessary to access their higher insurance limits. Our attorneys can thoroughly investigate the accident and gather evidence to determine if the rideshare companies are liable for the accident and, thus, your recovery costs.

Uber and Lyft Insurance Challenges During Car Accident Claims

Pursuing financial recovery after an Uber or Lyft accident can be challenging because:

  • Rideshare companies do not employ their drivers: Rideshare drivers work as independent contractors, which means that rideshare accident victims cannot pursue employer liability against the rideshare company following a crash.
  • Insurance companies often play hardball: Insurers might delay or wrongfully deny injury claims to pressure accident victims to accept less than fair value for their claims.
  • Rideshare companies may try to shift blame: Rideshare companies and their insurance departments might try to reduce their liability by blaming another driver for the accident.

Common Injuries in Lyft and Uber Car Accidents

Like any traffic accident, a collision involving a Lyft or Uber vehicle can result in severe injuries, such as:

Contact our West Virginia Car Accident Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

Hurt in a rideshare accident in West Virginia? Contact Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation with an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer. We look forward to discussing your case and how we can help you demand fair compensation for what happened in a personal injury lawsuit.