Were you injured in an auto accident involving a rideshare driver with Uber or Lyft? You might be eligible for compensation. Uber and Lyft drivers have the same liability as other motorists for injuries resulting from accidents they cause on the road. Moreover, the ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, may have vicarious liability for injuries caused by their drivers. For that reason, most rideshare companies provide their drivers with substantial insurance policies that remain in effect when drivers are operating vehicles on the company’s behalf.
If you were injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver, a Fairfax Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, may be able to help your case. We have recovered compensation for drivers and passengers injured in Uber or Lyft accidents. Our founding partner, Jim Parrish, also spent many years representing insurance companies and understands how they fight cases like yours. His knowledge helps clients retain the upper hand during insurance company battles.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, does not charge an attorney’s fee until our clients get compensation. To receive a free case evaluation today with a member of our team, call us at (571) 229-1800.
We Can Help You Identify Liable Parties in Your Rideshare Accident
Whether your car accident involved an employee or independent contractor of a rideshare company, you are pursuing compensation from the driver, but it is typically paid by their insurance companies. Because car accident compensation is often paid out by insurers, it is important to understand how rideshare insurance works and choose a lawyer familiar with fighting insurance claims involving Uber or Lyft drivers.
Car Insurance Laws in Virginia
A typical driver in Virginia carries liability insurance, which covers the other party’s property damage and bodily injuries in the event of an at-fault accident. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Virginia does not require drivers to carry auto insurance.
Drivers who choose to operate their vehicles without insurance must pay a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle (UMV) fee to the DMV and sign a waiver acknowledging that their lack of insurance does not absolve them of responsibility for damages they might cause in an accident. An uninsured driver who causes an accident in Virginia may get personally sued and have their wages garnished to pay for damages.
Uber and Lyft Insurance
Fortunately, Uber and Lyft require all of their drivers to have car insurance, even if they live in a state like Virginia, where it is optional. A rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft must have their own insurance that meets minimum policy standards. On top of the driver’s personal policy, the company also provides additional coverage that kicks in only when the driver is working, meaning the app is turned on and the driver is giving a ride or actively searching for one.
This is an important policy for a couple of reasons. One, the driver’s personal insurance policy covers them for accidents when they are using their vehicle for personal reasons and not for ridesharing purposes, which is why companies like Uber and Lyft make this a requirement for their drivers. Two, supplemental coverage provided by Uber and Lyft has high policy limits and only applies to accidents that happen while the driver is engaged in ridesharing.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, may investigate your accident and determine how it happened, when it happened, and what the driver’s status was when it occurred. You need a car accident lawyer in Fairfax, VA, to explain you all your legal options, establish liability, and assign a monetary value to your economic and non-economic losses. Our attorneys may be able to take on the insurance company if they deny responsibility for providing compensation. For example, we might be able to prove the driver was engaged in ridesharing at the time of the accident.
Get a Fairfax Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer who is ready to start working for you today. Get started with a free consultation by giving us a call at (571) 229-1800.
Get Recoverable Damages for an Uber or Lyft Rideshare Accident in Fairfax
A Fairfax personal injury attorney may help you recover the following damages and more:
We may take on the responsible parties and their insurance companies so that they cover both your current and anticipated future medical bills.
We may also get you compensation for your lost wages from work as you recover from your injuries.
Reduced Earning Capacity
If your long-term earning capacity decreases because of your injury, we may be able to fight for compensation to pay the difference.
“Pain and Suffering” and Inconvenience
You may be entitled to additional compensation for your pain and suffering and the inconvenience caused by your injury. We fight for what you are entitled to collect.
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File Your Rideshare Accident Lawsuit within the Statute of Limitations
According to the Code of Virginia § 8.01-243, the statute of limitations is two years for most car accident claims, including those involving rideshare drivers. However, this can vary based on several factors.
Because every car accident case is unique, you may want to speak with a law firm representative after your accident and find out if your case has any features or aspects that might affect your deadline to take action. We may file a quick lawsuit, if necessary, to keep the statute from expiring.
Call Now for a Free Uber or Lyft Accident Case Evaluation
Get a Fairfax Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, to start working for you today. For a free consultation, call (571) 229-1800.