If you were involved in an Uber accident or Lyft accident in Phoenix, Arizona, you may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Contact an experienced Phoenix Uber accident lawyer from Gage Mathers Personal Injury Lawyers to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our accident lawyers can help you navigate complex insurance issues that follow an Uber crash or Lyft accident.
We have over half-a-century of combined experience handling car accident claims and taking cases to trial. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of accident victims like you recover over $275 million in compensation. Whether you are a rideshare driver or passenger, contact our Phoenix car accident lawyer to fight for you.
Rideshares like Uber and Lyft have become a way of life in Arizona. The public understands that these rideshare companies have drivers who are paid for transporting passengers in the driver’s car at a reduced rate, working as independent contractors. Companies like Waymo, which are common in downtown Phoenix, feature autonomous driving technology that eliminates the human driver. It is not uncommon for multiple rideshare vehicles to be involved in the same crash.
Our personal injury lawyers understand the difficulties you are going through and are here to help you. We will fight hard to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Yes and No.
If the rideshare app is off, Uber and Lyft are not responsible when a rideshare driver causes an accident. Any compensation would come from the rideshare driver’s personal automobile insurance coverage.
When the rideshare app is on, Uber and Lyft may be treated like any other employer and be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by their driver. Any compensation would come from a combination of the rideshare driver’s personal automobile insurance coverage and Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy. Usually, Uber and Lyft contribute to a settlement after the driver’s personal automobile insurance policy limits have been paid.
To gain a precise understanding of the potential recovery you may be entitled to after a rideshare accident in Arizona, it’s advisable to consult with an experienced Phoenix car accident lawyer from our law offices for a free case review.
If you can demonstrate that an Uber or Lyft driver was responsible for your accident, you may be eligible for compensation from their insurance companies through a settlement or lawsuit filed in court. To successfully pursue a claim for personal injuries, you must establish both liability and damages. Liability involves proving that the negligence of the rideshare driver caused the collision. Damages encompass the injuries you sustained, resulting medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. Damages may also include lost income due to missed work or disability.
Uber and Lyft will not pay for your injuries or damages if its driver did not cause the accident. However, in Arizona, if the at-fault driver was uninsured, then you may be entitled to Uninsured Motorist Coverage from your rideshare driver as well as Uber or Lyft’s commercial uninsured motorist coverage.
When your crash is not related to the Uber or Lyft driver, then the other driver or someone else could be the source of your compensation.
In any of these situations, our Phoenix Rideshare Accident Lawyers can rapidly determine responsibility, background, employer (if any), and what compensation victims are entitled to in a potential personal injury claim. Our law firm handles various types of Phoenix car accidents, including:
Unfortunately, many of these accidents result in severe trauma, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones. It is crucial to remember that you can still recover if you are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, even if your driver was not responsible for the collision. Consult one of our accident lawyers today to protect your rights to financial compensation.
Distracted driving is the primary cause of rideshare accidents in Phoenix. Uber and Lyft drivers often have their attention bouncing between two competing concerns: the road ahead of them and the rideshare application that tells them passenger information, pick-up points, and drop-off locations.
Uber and Lyft drivers have a responsibility to ensure passenger safety while traveling in Arizona. They must operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner to prevent traffic accidents and protect passengers from harm. However, as our experienced Phoenix Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can attest, this duty is often breached, leading to frequent and severe accidents involving rideshare passengers.
Other than distracted driving, the other major causes of rideshare accidents in Phoenix include:
These are just a few examples of the accidents we’ve observed with Uber and Lyft. If you’ve been injured due to one of these common cases of rideshare accidents, then you should call our Phoenix car accident lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The most common injury cases involving Uber and Lyft, in Arizona, are car accidents involving whiplash injuries. We’ve seen many other types of rideshare injury cases like:
Our accident lawyers have a successful track record representing clients injured in rideshare accidents throughout Arizona and the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Call us at (602) 258-0646 for a free consultation and to have your personal injury questions answered.
First, you should contact a Phoenix car accident lawyer to help you. Your lawyer will want to know right away if you were injured in the accident. Did you go to a hospital? If you have any injuries, or if your rider has any injuries, you should go to the emergency room. You can call us as soon as you are safe.
It’s important to know that as an Uber or Lyft driver, you’re not considered an Uber employee. You are more like a freelance worker who does jobs for them. This means you can’t ask Uber for compensation if you get hurt in an accident.
But don’t worry, there are still ways you can get help. We can negotiate a settlement with the other driver’s car insurance. This way, you can get money to pay for your medical bills, fix your car, cover the wages you lost, and make up for the pain and suffering you are experiencing.
To make sure you understand your rights and what to do, it’s a good idea to talk to a lawyer who specializes in accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers. We can help you figure out the best way to handle your accident and make sure you get the help you need. After a car accident, life can get very complicated very quickly. You will have injuries, no way to work, medical bills and more. A good lawyer will help you with all of these.
The other car insurance company will quickly try and settle with you – especially if you were hurt. We do not recommend speaking to them. Give us a call right away, and we will personally help you. This is our job.
All Uber and Lyft drivers must maintain automobile liability insurance coverage to pay for injuries and damages they cause. The necessary steps to obtain compensation if you were in a ridesharing accident include:
In Arizona, rideshare drivers must carry personal automobile insurance coverage with minimum policy limits of $25,000 coverage for personal injuries to one person, $50,000 coverage for injuries to more than one person in a single incident, and $20,000 coverage for property damage. Drivers may opt to buy coverage with higher limits.
Additionally, rideshare companies must provide commercial motor vehicle liability insurance coverage of at least $250,000 per crash, along with commercial uninsured motorist coverage of at least $250,000 per crash.
Lyft has gone beyond the Arizona state minimum requirements and provides insurance coverage of up to $1 million for a passenger’s personal and property damage if their driver was at fault.
However, please note that Uber and Lyft are actively lobbying the Arizona legislature to pass laws either exempting them from providing insurance coverage or lowering the amount of insurance they are required to carry.
The specific types of damages you can recover in an Uber or Lyft accident are akin to those in any accident occurring in Phoenix, AZ. After establishing causation, you can seek monetary damages for economic and non-economic damages related to your injuries.
Examples of Economic Damages:
Examples of Non-economic Damages:
Under civil tort law, victims and surviving family members can pursue various forms of compensation when involved in a ridesharing accident. These damages include:
The most common damages awarded in accident injury cases, compensatory damages aim to compensate the victim for their losses, encompassing healthcare expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other related costs. If the crash caused the death of your loved one, then surviving family members can pursue claims for the decedent’s lost wages, future lost earnings, as well as grief, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress due to the loss.
In some instances, a plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages from the defendant. Punitive damages serve to punish the defendant for their actions and discourage others from engaging in similar behavior.
Uber accident and Lyft accident claims have a wide range of values based on several factors. The value of your claim will depend on:
See our free settlement calculator for an idea of what your claim might be worth in Arizona. Please know that, in many cases, the value of your claim might be limited by available insurance coverage.
Available insurance coverage is always an issue in motor vehicle accident cases, and the issue is more complicated when Uber or Lyft is involved. Their drivers are “independent contractors,” meaning they are not considered employees. This type of arrangement is used to protect the rideshare company from financial responsibility after a crash. This complicates your claim because the rideshare driver’s personal insurance coverage usually does not cover claims when the driver is actively using the vehicle for a rideshare.
Gage Mathers Law Group will work to get you the maximum compensation possible for your claim. You only get one opportunity to receive compensation after a crash and we know how to do it right. Contact us today for a free consultation.
In most cases, two-years. The statute of limitations for an Uber accident or Lyft accident in Arizona is two years. This means you have two years from the date of the accident to either settle your claim or file a personal injury lawsuit. After two years passes, you lose your right to pursue compensation.
However, very importantly, if you were hit by an employee of a public entity (e.g., fire truck, police vehicle, or EMS), you only have 180 days to take legal action. You must serve the public entity (and potentially the public employee who hit you) with a Notice of Claim within 180 days of the crash. Then your claim must be settled or a lawsuit filed within one year after the date of the accident, otherwise you lose your right to pursue compensation.
In either case, do not delay. Contact our experienced car accident lawyers for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, please fill out the form below for your free consultation or call us at (602) 258-0646
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