Uber Accident Lawyer

Uber Accident Lawyer

Your Uber Accident Advocates in Indianapolis

With the rise of ridesharing companies like Uber, there is also an increase in the potential for accidents. While these services offer convenience and affordability, they can still contribute to more accidents happening. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, whether as a passenger, driver, or pedestrian, you may have a right to seek compensation.

Dealing with the legal complexities of rideshare accidents can be overwhelming, which is why an experienced Uber accident attorney can be a valuable resource. 

At Doehrman Buba Ring, we understand the unique challenges of these cases and are committed to providing comprehensive legal counsel and representation for those injured in the Indianapolis area. If you need help navigating the aftermath of a rideshare accident, contact us for a free consultation, and let us fight for your right to fair compensation.

How Can a Rideshare Accident Lawyer Help?

Thorough Investigation: A rideshare accident attorney from Doehrman Buba Ring will conduct a full investigation to determine liability and gather the necessary evidence to support your insurance claim.

Insurance Negotiations: Our attorneys deal with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum settlement you are entitled to.

Legal Expertise: We provide expert legal advice on the intricacies of rideshare laws and regulations that govern Uber accidents.

Representation in Court: If necessary, we are prepared to represent you in court to fight for your rights and work towards the just outcome you deserve.

Personalized Attention: Each case gets personalized care and attention to address your unique situation and legal needs.

No Upfront Costs: You do not pay unless we win your case, offering you a risk-free partnership in pursuit of justice.

Understanding Uber’s Insurance Coverage

Emerging from the maze of insurance regulations, it’s essential to grasp the coverage provided by Uber for its drivers. While on duty and logged into the app, Uber safeguards drivers with its own liability insurance, which kicks in under certain conditions. Our attorneys have the experience and knowhow to determine all the potential coverages Uber has which could cover your situation.

This coverage, however, is a backup to the driver’s personal insurance: it only applies if the driver’s individual policy falls short in the event of an auto accident. On the flip side, if the driver was not logged into the Uber app at the time of the incident, then it’s their personal insurance that will need to cover all damages. Understanding where Uber’s responsibility begins and ends is crucial for anyone involved in a rideshare accident. An experienced Uber accident lawyer will be able to navigate this complex terrain on your behalf and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Insurance Coverage in Uber Accidents

For Injured Passengers

If you’re injured as a passenger, you’ll typically be covered by Uber’s commercial insurance, which goes up to $1 million. This applies whether the Uber driver or another driver caused the car accident, and you might be able to claim from one or both insurance policies depending on the incident.

For Other Drivers

If an Uber driver hits you while you’re driving your own car, what insurance applies? It depends on whether they had a passenger. If they did, Uber’s commercial policy should cover you. If not, but they were logged into the app, Uber’s contingent policy might. If the app was off, it’s the Uber driver’s personal insurance you’ll claim against.

For Pedestrians or Cyclists

If you’re walking or cycling and an Uber car injures you, the insurance situation is complex and dependent on the details. Given the high stakes, get legal help to guide you through your options for compensation.

For Rideshare Drivers

Uber drivers on the job have layers of potential insurance coverage: their personal insurance, the other party’s, and specific policies from Uber. Coverage can vary, especially based on whether they have a passenger at the time of the accident or if they’re waiting for a ride request.

How Do You Determine Liability in an Uber Accident?

Determining liability in a rideshare accident can be a complex process. There are multiple parties involved, including the Uber driver, other drivers on the road, and even Uber itself. It’s important to work with an experienced lawyer who has a thorough understanding of rideshare laws and regulations to determine who is at fault for your accident.

Some factors that may impact liability include: 

  1. Whether the Uber driver was on duty and logged into the app at the time of the accident
  2. The actions or negligence of other drivers involved in the accident
  3. Maintenance and safety regulations for Uber vehicles

At Doehrman Buba Ring, we have a team of dedicated lawyers with extensive experience handling rideshare accidents. We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine liability and hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.

The Reluctance to Pay by Uber and Insurance Companies

Uber and insurance companies operate with the intent to turn a profit, a goal that can lead to minimizing the payouts on insurance claims. This is seen in how Uber’s insurance system is set up, carefully managing the differences between the driver’s personal insurance and the company’s policy. This complexity can affect how claims are handled.

This is evident in the way Uber’s insurance structure is designed, effectively creating a buffer to deny claims by navigating through the intricate delineation of coverages between the driver’s personal insurance and the company’s policy.

Meanwhile, insurance companies employ skilled adjusters and legal teams whose primary focus is to assess and frequently dispute claims, aiming to minimize the company’s financial liability. They wield tactics such as questioning the extent of your injuries, shifting blame to you, or refusing to cover claims on the basis of technicalities.

Their deep familiarity with the legalities and their robust arsenal of resources work in their favor, which highlights why the guidance of a seasoned Uber accident lawyer is critical. We stand as your champion, vigorously advocating for your rights and ensuring that you secure the comprehensive compensation to which you are entitled.

Types of Compensation Available After an Uber Accident

When you’ve been involved in an Uber accident, several forms of compensation may be available to you, depending on the circumstances of the incident and the extent of your injuries. Here are the potential types of compensation you might expect:

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for any medical treatment you require, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, and any ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for any income you lost due to the accident, including time taken off work for recovery and medical appointments.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If the ride-sharing accident affects your ability to earn income in the future, you may be compensated for that loss.
  • Pain and Suffering: Monetary compensation for physical pain and emotional distress you’ve endured as a result of the accident.
  • Property Damage: Reimbursement for damages to your vehicle or other personal property.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases where the at-fault party’s behavior is deemed particularly reckless, additional compensation may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar actions in the future.

An experienced Uber accident lawyer can help you understand which of these compensations apply to your case and assist in maximizing the settlement you receive.

Does a Lyft Accident Work the Same Way?

Much like Uber, Lyft provides a structured insurance policy for accidents involving their platform, which covers various scenarios linked to the rideshare service. In the event of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, determining who is at fault is essential to understanding how insurance coverage is applied. For Lyft: if the Lyft driver is actively transporting a passenger or has accepted a ride and is en route to pick them up, Lyft’s commercial insurance policy, with a coverage of up to $1 million, may come into play. This mirrors the Uber accident policy, ensuring passengers, drivers, and third parties are provided for in many cases.

However, if the Lyft accident occurred while the driver was logged into the app but without a passenger and not on the way to pick one up, the driver’s personal insurance combined with Lyft’s contingent liability policy may cover the damages. This is akin to the insurance protocols followed by Uber drivers. In situations where a Lyft driver is not logged into the app at the time of the accident, their personal auto insurance policy is typically the primary source of coverage.

In rideshare accident cases involving an Uber or Lyft accident, the process can quickly become convoluted, making it imperative to consult an experienced lawyer who is versed in the unique aspects of rideshare accident claims and can navigate the specifics of both Uber and Lyft’s insurance coverage to advocate for just compensation.

Contact Our Expert Legal Team Today

If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, don’t go through the legal process alone. Our team at Doehrman Buba Ring has extensive experience handling rideshare accident cases and will fight for your rights to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help you get back on the road to recovery. 

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