Over the past few years, ridesharing services such as Uber & Lyft have become a common mode of transportation. These types of services are fast, easy, and typically less expensive than a traditional taxi.
As these services become increasingly popular, it is critical for passengers, drivers, and companies to have safety as their primary concern since crashes happen. Paying customers, as well as other drivers, should understand their rights and the legal exchanges which will occur during these types of auto accidents.
Injured as a Passenger
If your driver causes an auto accident, you will have a claim against your driver. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the agency that governs Uber and Lyft, makes it mandatory for these drivers have at least $50,000/$100,000 in coverage for fatalities and injuries. $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident.
Once you are picked up and enter an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you are automatically covered by their $1 million dollar policy. In addition, they must also carry $1 million in uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
Injured as a Driver
If you were driving or riding in another vehicle, and an Uber or Lyft driver caused an auto accident in which you suffered an injury, then the case is quite similar to that of a normal car accident claim. However, there are a few exceptions which your personal injury lawyer can discuss with you.