CT Ride-Share Accident Attorney
experienced Connecticut Ride Share accident lawyer
Whether you are a passenger in, a driver for, or the other vehicle involved in a car accident involving a ride share company like Uber or Lyft, you have rights.
Having dealt with Uber and Lyft cases in the past, you need an experience personal injury attorney to navigate the complex claims process.
What are rideshare companies?
Rideshare companies provide driver-for-hire services to consumers by contracting with freelance drivers who use their personal vehicles to transport passengers. These services operate through smartphone apps, which is convenient and cost effective. Simply pull out your phone, open the app, request a ride, and soon you’re on your way. Once you arrive at your destination, simply get out and move on with your day. Brilliant technology as payment also happens in the app. Nevertheless, there are some serious concerns about how these services operate, screen their drivers, and how they protect their customers when an accident happens.
How does Uber or Lyft screen their drivers?
Before someone can drive for Uber or Lyft, they go through a screening process. The screening includes reviewing their driving record and looking for serious criminal history. The applicant driver must provide the rideshare company with their name, date of birth, Social Security number, and driver’s license number, amongst other things. The rideshare companies then use a third-party business to run a background check; for example, Uber uses a company called Checkr, which is nationally accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. Lyft, on the other hand, uses a third party company named Sterling BackCheck. These third-party companies essentially run the same. They run the applicant’s name against the national sex offender database, against public records databases, and of course against driver records.
Will I Lose My Uber Access If I file a Claim?
Many rideshare drivers and passengers express worry about bringing a claim against the Uber and Lyft. I understand that many of you rely upon Uber or Lyft for work or for your regular transportation needs. Understand this, if you bring a valid injury claim against the insurance policy from Uber or Lyft, there will be no penalty. Both Uber and Lyft pay a portion of each fare directly to their respective insurance companies for this exact purpose. Therefore, pursuing a claim and retaining an Uber attorney like Lawyer A. Twillie II will not penalize you.
In Connecticut, Uber uses James River Insurance Company, while Lyft has their own Certificate of insurance. So,if your claim is valid, documented properly by the police, and medical providers, your claim will survive. Of course, in order to get the full respect of the insurance companies your probably going to need a lawyer. Put simply, your privileges on Uber or Lyft will remain intact so long as you bring a valid injury claim.
What should I do if I’m injured in an accident involving Uber or Lyft?
Auto accidents involving ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft can become complex because of the ever-changing legal landscape. Currently, drivers will have coverage as long as the app is on and they are using it for a paying fare. Similarly, passengers will have coverage too. Nevertheless, there are some loopholes that can make these claims complex. For example, was the driver on his way to pick someone up? Had the driver just dropped someone up? Did the rideshare app freeze while en-route? Sometimes injured passengers have to fight against the driver, the driver’s insurance, or even the driver’s contractor to receive fair compensation. Because Uber and Lyft drivers are technically independent contractors, the question of liability can be difficult to prove.
To speak with an experienced rideshare accident attorney, call or text us at (844) GET-LA-LAW or send us an email today. Get a proven and dedicated Connecticut Uber lawyer on your side! Your consultation with us is Free, and since we work on a contingency fee basis, you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you.