Ride-sharing services have revolutionized the way Americans travel. Particularly in large cities, residents increasingly rely on Uber and Lyft to get from place to place.
These companies require drivers to pass background checks and maintain good motor vehicle records. Unfortunately, these steps, while robust, do not always prevent an irresponsible or reckless driver from getting behind the wheel.
If you suffered injuries because an Uber or Lyft driver behaved negligently, a Bucks County lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you recover damages. A lawyer can also help you file an Uber or Lyft accident claim. To schedule a free consultation, call 215-642-2335 today.
We Take Action Against All Responsible Parties for Your Uber or Lyft Accident
When an Uber or Lyft driver is involved, the legal implications of a car accident have a few added layers of complexity. You may be wondering who is exactly is liable. The unique relationship between the driver and the company can create confusion. Unlike most cab companies, Uber and Lyft do not hire drivers as employees. Ride-share drivers are independent contractors.
Since Uber or Lyft drivers are not employees, the company does not have vicarious liability for their actions. But that does not always mean we cannot go after the company for damages. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC will investigate your accident and determine who the responsible parties are. We then gather evidence against them and start building our case.
In an Uber or Lyft accident, the two most likely responsible parties are the driver and the ride-share company.
Uber and Lyft drivers must follow the same rules of the road as other motorists. If a ride-share driver behaved negligently or violated any traffic laws, leading to an accident in which you suffered injuries, we can pursue them for damages the same way we would a person driving on their own time.
Examples of negligent driver behaviors that can lead to liability include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Improper lane change
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to use due care and caution
The Ride-Share Company
Since Uber and Lyft do not employ drivers, we cannot go after them for damages under the principle of vicarious liability. But the company may still be liable. If Uber or Lyft committed an action on its own, independent of the driver, that caused or contributed to your injury, we can hold the company liable and pursue it for damages.
A typical example of company liability for an Uber or Lyft accident is when a driver with a criminal background or poor motor vehicle record slips through a background check and subsequently causes an accident. In this situation, the company is liable for your injuries, as its negligence led to an unsafe driver transporting you.
To find out more about how a lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you, call our Bucks County office at 215-642-2335.
Our Attorneys Take On the Insurance Companies and Help You Receive Fair Compensation
The Cordisco & Saile LLC team knows how to take on the insurance company and help accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. When a car accident involves an Uber or Lyft driver, the insurance situation can be complicated.
Ride-share companies require their drivers to carry minimum levels of auto insurance. But they also cover drivers under a company insurance plan that remains in force only when a driver is actively working.
In other words, if an Uber or Lyft driver is carrying a passenger for pay at the time of the accident, the company insurance plan should pay. If the driver is logged into the ride-share app but is between rides, the plan should also kick in, but at a lower amount. If the driver is logged out and not actively working, then we would have to file a claim with their private insurer.
When we investigate your accident, we determine which insurance companies should be involved. Then we put together a plan to pursue them for full compensation.
Call the Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC today for a free case evaluation: 215-642-2335.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC Team Helps You Recover Compensation for Every Damage You Have Incurred
The Cordisco & Saile LLC personal injury team want to make sure you recover compensation for each type of damages you have incurred. These damages may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
The Statute of Limitations on Uber and Lyft Accident Claims in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of your car accident injury to take legal action. If you miss this window, you may lose your right to recover compensation.
A Bucks County car accident lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can consult with you on any deadlines affecting your claim and will file a quick lawsuit if necessary, to preserve your right to collect damages.
To start the process today with a free case evaluation, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.
For a Free Case Evaluation, Call Cordisco & Saile LLC Today at 215-642-2335
The Bucks County Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are eager to help you recover the damages you deserve for your accident injuries. We identify all the responsible parties and pursue them and their insurers for compensation.
Our attorneys work on a no-win-no-fee basis, meaning we do not get paid until we recover money for you. To schedule a free case evaluation in our Bucks County office, call 215-642-2335 today.