Tacoma Rideshare Accident Attorney
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Pierce County
With Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies quickly becoming the prominent choice for convenient, cost-effective transportation, we have also seen an overall increase in traffic accidents on highways and roads across the United States. Some studies have suggested that this is due to the increased number of vehicles on the road, but regardless of the reason, one thing is true: thousands of people are involved in accidents with rideshare vehicles throughout the country every year.
If you are one of the many people who have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, Cook Law Office, PLLC can help. You may be entitled to financial compensation, but actually recovering this compensation can be difficult. Rideshare accidents are far more complex than standard car accident claims; it is important that you have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney on your side, one who can guide you through the process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Our Tacoma rideshare accident attorneys are ready to fight for you. Contact Cook Law Office, PLLC online or by phone at (602) 560-4756 to request a free initial consultation today.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft After an Accident?
In most standard car accident cases in Washington, you can bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. But what happens when the at-fault driver works for a rideshare company, like Uber or Lyft? The answer is largely dependent on the specific details of the crash, specifically, which “driving period” the accident occurred in.
Both Uber and Lyft define three driving periods:
- Period 1: The rideshare driver has the app turned on and is looking for a ride but has not yet accepted one.
- Period 2: The rideshare driver has the app turned on and has accepted a ride but does not yet have the passenger in the vehicle.
- Period 3: The rideshare driver has the app turned on, has accepted a ride, and has the passenger in the vehicle.
During period 1, Uber and Lyft offer varying levels of coverage for bodily injury and property damage per person and per accident. During period 2 and 3, both rideshare companies offer up to $1 million in total coverage for bodily injury, death, and/or property damage.
Although Uber and Lyft offer these coverage levels, it may be challenging to file a claim for compensation, and it may be even more difficult sue either company after an accident. Most major rideshare companies classify their drivers as “independent contractors” rather than “employees.” This limits the companies’ liability in the event of a crash, even if the rideshare driver was clearly at fault.
Determining Liability in Rideshare Accident Cases
Like any other car accident case, you must prove that the rideshare driver was at least partially to blame for the crash if you wish to file a claim for compensation against either the rideshare driver’s private auto insurance provider or the rideshare company. If you were partially at fault for the accident, you could still have grounds for a claim, but your total recovery will be reduced by whatever percentage of fault the court finds you to have.
In some cases, Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies may argue that they are not liable because the rideshare driver was not the one at fault for the crash. This could be the case if the accident occurred due to the negligence of another motorist on the road. It could also be the case if the crash resulted from a vehicle defect, a poorly maintained roadway, or even faulty construction.
At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we understand the challenges inherent in proving liability in rideshare accident claims. We also recognize that this is a critical element of a successful case, which is why we conduct exhaustive investigations and examine all available evidence to determine exactly what happened and who is liable. We look at the various facts of a case and pursue all possible avenues of compensation in order to maximize our clients’ recoveries and help them secure the financial resources they need to heal and move forward with their lives.
Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident? Call Cook Law Office, PLLC Today
If you were injured or if your loved one died in a rideshare accident—whether as an Uber or Lyft passenger, the occupant of another vehicle, or even as a bicyclist or pedestrian—our Tacoma rideshare accident lawyers are here to provide the dedicated legal representation you need. We strive to recover maximum compensation for your medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages and earning ability, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our firm has a long track record of success and has helped countless injured clients throughout Pierce County and all of Washington State in securing the justice they were owed.
We provide free initial consultations and do not collect any attorney fees unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict for you. There is no risk in speaking to a member of our legal team about your potential case; get in touch with us today to learn more!
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