Rideshare Accidents on the Rise
Use of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft has risen rapidly since these services first became available about ten years ago. Uber is available in 65 countries and over 600 cities worldwide and 14 million Uber trips are completed each day. In the United States, Uber controls about 70% of the rideshare market while Lyft has about 28%.
Unfortunately, with rapid growth comes an increase for rideshare accidents. Since 2011, ride-sharing services have increased traffic deaths by 2% to 4% in the United States. If you are injured as a passenger in an Uber or a Lyft, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Passengers who use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft have the right to receive a safe ride. This means that drivers must obey the rules of the road at all times. It also means that all drivers should treat passengers with respect, which includes respecting their privacy and personal boundaries. All drivers must refrain from using offensive language or from threatening or sexually harassing riders at any time.
Uber and Lyft both have large $1 million insurance policies to cover their liabilities in case passengers are injured while using their services. They also have large uninsured motorist policies to protect passengers and their drivers who are injured in a car accident because of the negligence of an uninsured driver.
If you or someone you love is injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or a Lyft, it is important to understand your rights and the legal options available to you. The same is true if you or someone you love has been abused by a rideshare driver.
These types of cases can be complicated and difficult to navigate on your own. As such, they require the services of an experienced law firm with the resources needed to handle these complex cases.
Contact Our Experienced Washington D.C. Uber/Lyft Passenger Lawyers
When you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Washington D.C., you have a right to file a claim against the negligent party responsible for your accident and your injuries. In many cases, this may mean filing a claim against Uber or Lyft for the injuries you sustained.
While all passengers are covered by Uber and Lyft’s umbrella liability policies, injured accident victims may still experience difficulty when trying to collect compensation. When this occurs, you need an experienced personal injury law firm on your side with the experience and resources needed to tackle these complex cases.
At Patrick Malone & Associates, our Washington D.C. rideshare accident attorneys know that you need money to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and car damages. To learn more about your legal rights after a rideshare accident, contact our law firm by calling(202) 742-1500 or filling out our confidential contact form.
We offer a free initial consultation for all injured accident victims and can help you choose the legal path that is best for you. Call today!