Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are incredibly popular in major cities throughout the United States, including here inthe Philadelphia area. Most people never think about the possibility of getting into an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, but these crashes do occur. At Solomon, Sherman, Gabay, Briskin & Sherman, we are here to help if you need a Philadelphia Uber and Lyft accident attorney. If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, we will investigate your case in order to secure full compensation for losses.
Uber and Lyft crashes affect various parties in Philadelphia
By and large, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft operate safely throughout the city. However, these drivers are just like anybody else on the roadway – they have no particular driver training, and they are using their personal vehicles to get passengers from place to place. Accidents involving Uber and Lyft vehicles are going to occur. According to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were more than 125,000 collisions reported across the Commonwealth during the latest year reported.
Uber and Lyft crashes can affect various parties, including the following:
Passengers inside the Uber and Lyft vehicles
The Uber or Lyft driver
Drivers and passengers in vehicles struck by an Uber or Lyft vehicle
Uber and Lyft insurance practices can be difficult to discern
When working to determine how you will secure compensation in the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft accident, it is important to understand that the insurance policies of these rideshare companies operate on a tiered basis.
If the Uber or Lyft driver causes a crash when they are not signed into the app to work, they will be considered to be operating on their personal time, and their personal auto insurance carrier will be responsible for the expenses.
If the Uber or Lyft driver causes a crash when they are signed into an app, but they do not have a passenger, their personal auto insurance carrier will still be primarily responsible for damages. However, Uber or Lyft will provide supplemental coverage in the event the personal carrier denies the claim or does not cover all of the expenses.
If an Uber or Lyft driver is signed into the app to work and has a passenger, or is on the way to pick one up, then both rideshare companies have a $1 million liability insurance policy that is supposed to cover everybody involved in the crash.
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If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, contact an injury attorney in Philadelphia as soon as possible. At Solomon, Sherman, Gabay, Briskin & Sherman, our respected firm will conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can obtain the compensation you need. This can include:
All medical expenses related to the crash
Lost income if you are unable to work while you recover