Columbus Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Hailing a rideshare vehicle through the Uber or Lyft app should be a safe way to get to your destination. Yet rideshare drivers are just like other drivers, and may often make mistakes leading to serious accidents. If you have recently suffered serious injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident in Columbus, the injury attorneys at Elk & Elk can help. Contact us to discuss the possibility of securing compensation from one or more parties with our assistance. Initial consultations are free.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- We have the resources to take on even the most challenging rideshare accident cases, with large corporations such as Uber and Lyft involved.
- We make the legal experience as stress-free as possible for clients. We make house calls and hospital visits if clients cannot make it to one of our multiple Ohio locations.
- We only charge for our services if we win the case. If we do not secure you a financial award, you will not have to pay your attorney.
Do I Need a Rideshare Accident Lawyer?
A rideshare accident can have a number of factors that make the litigation process more complicated than it should be.
- Rideshare accidents typically involve multiple parties, including the rideshare companies themselves – making negotiations especially difficult.
- Determining the value of your claim can often be complex, requiring expert advice.
- If you were injured as a passenger of a rideshare accident, the claim can be that much more complex.
At Elk & Elk, we can help navigate these obstacles and ensure that you secure the maximum possible compensation for your needs.
Why Do Ridesharing Accidents Happen?
Distracted driving is an especially high risk during an Uber or Lyft ride. Both companies force their drivers to use their cell phones while driving. Drivers have to use the company apps to accept and pick up riders while delivering other passengers. This can lead to distracted driving collisions such as rear-end accidents or striking a pedestrian. Other acts of rideshare driver negligence could also lead to a claim.
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Ignoring rights-of-way
- Running red lights or stop signs
Whether you were a passenger in the rideshare vehicle, a pedestrian or bicyclist, or the driver of a third-party vehicle, you may have a claim against the Uber or Lyft driver for negligence. Understanding liability for your recent accident may take help from an attorney.
Who Is Liable?
If an Uber or Lyft driver is at fault for your accident, it can be difficult to know whether you have a claim against the driver or the company. Ridesharing companies are not like typical employers. They classify their drivers as independent contractors, thus escaping vicarious liability, or the liability of an employer for the actions of employees. In many cases, the individual Uber or Lyft driver at fault will face liability, just like in a typical car accident claim.
If you were a rideshare passenger, however, you may be able to file your claim with Uber or Lyft’s insurance company rather than the individual driver. Both rideshare companies keep $1 million in insurance policies to cover passenger damages after accidents. You can hold Uber or Lyft financially responsible for your injuries by filing a claim with them through the app or over the phone. A lawyer can help with the claims process, including negotiating for fair coverage.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Elk & Elk understands the complexities of ridesharing accidents in Columbus. We have been representing clients in ridesharing accident claims since the advent of this transportation service. We are not afraid to go up against large companies or their insurance providers in pursuit of recovery for our clients. Trust us with your claim so you can have peace of mind during your medical treatments. Start with a free consultation about your Uber or Lyft accident. Call (800) ELK-OHIO to speak to a Columbus rideshare accident l, or submit your information online.