Drivers contracting with Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services have the same responsibilities as other motorists—namely, to operate their vehicle in a cautious, responsible manner. You may receive compensation if:
- You suffered injuries as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle
- You suffered injuries because a rideshare vehicle struck your own vehicle or a vehicle that you were riding in
- You suffered injuries as a pedestrian struck by a rideshare vehicle
- You lost a loved one who was involved in a rideshare accident
You may obtain compensation through either an insurance claim or lawsuit. Our firm will review your case and form a strategy for seeking compensation.
Rideshare Services May Offer Insurance Coverage to Accident Victims
Uber explains that contracted drivers must maintain their own insurance policies while operating a rideshare vehicle. Uber also maintains insurance for every driver covering:
- At least $1 million for harm that the Uber driver causes to others (including you)
- Harm caused to Uber passengers by an uninsured or underinsured motorist (coverage amounts vary by state)
- $25,000 for property damage for which the Uber driver is responsible
Uber's insurance coverage generally reflects mandatory auto insurance coverages in Washington. A rideshare driver's personal insurance, or the personal insurance of another liable party, may cover your losses. If not, Uber's insurance policy may compensate you for your losses.
Completing a successful auto insurance claim is not a pleasant process. Insurance companies in Washington State have a duty to act reasonably when handling first party rideshare claims, particularly when the injured party has underinsured motorist (UIM) or uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. Unfortunately, accident victims often face unprofessional tactics by insurance companies.
The Law Offices of Paul J. Schneiderman knows how to spot possible violations of Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) and other bad faith tactics by insurers. You may receive compensation for certain damages caused by an insurer's bad faith, and you may also be awarded payment for attorney fees and treble damages if you have a UM or UIM claim.
Let us deal with insurance companies. Our team will report your accident immediately to Uber or another rideshare service, then follow up with all involved insurance providers. We will oversee your claim from start to finish.
You May Have Options Aside from Insurance
Insurance may not cover all of your losses from a rideshare accident in Seattle. Our team can file a lawsuit on your behalf if you require more compensation that insurance can provide.
Paul L. Schneiderman will seek the best possible settlement for you or your loved one. Uber and other rideshare companies may have ample legal resources on your side, and you deserve a legal team that will fight for you.
Call the Law Offices of Paul L. Schneiderman today at 206-464-1952 to discuss your case. Do not wait to call us, as we may have a limited time to file your claim or lawsuit.