Chicago Rideshare
Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver, you may be entitled to up to $1 million in compensation for medical bills and other losses if you file a claim against the rideshare company’s insurance coverage for your injuries and losses. Sorting through the maze of liability issues in Lyft and Uber accidents can be difficult, however, because so many factors come into play.

Rideshare accident lawyer Kenneth A. Fishman can help you navigate Chicago Uber Accident Law and the labyrinth of insurance company coverages that may apply to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your losses.

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Contact our law firm for a free consultation with accident lawyer Kenneth A. Fishman to discover how much your rideshare injury case may be worth. 312-346-8990.

Lyft and Uber Accidents on the Rise

Uber began offering rideshare services in Chicago in 2011. Lyft followed suit in 2013. Since then, the popularity of these rideshare giants has exploded. There are currently more than 67,000 ridesharing drivers on Chicago roads. With the expansion of these and other rideshare service companies, accident lawyers throughout the state have seen an exponential increase in rideshare accident rates. A study from the University of Chicago and Rice University revealed that rideshare crashes, including Lyft and Uber accidents, had increased motor vehicle fatalities by 2% – 3% since 2011. That’s approximately 1,100 traffic deaths per year.

According to recent studies, traffic congestion and the decreased use of public transportation have contributed to the rise in rideshare accident rates.

However, there are a number of other reasons a Lyft or Uber driver might get into a crash. While Uber and Lyft both conduct background checks and review the driving history of all ridesharing drivers before they can begin driving for Uber or Lyft, our law firm sees speeding, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and driving for Uber or Lyft while impaired cause countless rideshare car accidents involving pedestrians and motorists each year.

Lyft and Uber Accidents Can Involve Various Personal Injury Claimants

Rideshare passengers aren’t the only people who can file personal injury claims with an accident lawyer after car accidents involving Lyft or Uber cars. Others who may contact a law firm to recover compensation for medical bills and lost wages after they were injured in a rideshare accident include:

Ridesharing drivers who are driving for Uber
or Lyft and are injured car accidents caused by
the negligence of another motorist.

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Surviving family members of people who are killed in rideshare accidents

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Drivers and Passengers in non-Lyft or Uber cars who are injured in a rideshare accident caused by the negligence of ridesharing drivers

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Pedestrians who are hurt in accidents involving Lyft or Uber cars

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Ridesharing drivers, passengers, and other motorists who are injured in a rideshare accident caused by vehicles with faulty parts

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Bicyclists who are injured in Lyft or Uber accidents

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Contact our office today at 312-346-8990 to talk to one of our Chicago injury lawyers.

Making a Claim for Damages with an Injury Lawyer After a Rideshare Accident

If you were injured in a rideshare accident, we highly recommend that you contact our law firm for help filing a personal injury claim. Liability for injuries caused by Lyft or Uber accidents depends on a variety of factors that can be difficult to sort through, and the insurance company representatives are not on your side. To minimize payout for injuries caused by car accidents involving rideshare drivers, they may encourage you to accept low settlement offers or make statements without consulting your injury lawyer, deny liability and point you in the direction of the driver’s personal insurance company, argue that your injuries aren’t serious, or try to blame other parties for the accident.

If you file a personal injury claim against the wrong entity, you could waste valuable time and money, delay your access to medical treatment, and even jeopardize your ability to recover compensation for your medical bills and other losses.

Who May Be Liable for Injuries

Since Chicago Uber accident law has many layers, we highly recommend that you contact injury lawyer Kenneth A. Fishman to help determine liability for your rideshare accident. Liability for car accidents involving Lyft or Uber cars depends on the at-fault driver (another driver or the Lyft or Uber driver), the insurance company coverages available, and whether other factors contributed to the Lyft or Uber accidents.

Contact our office today at 312-346-8990 to talk to one of our Chicago injury lawyers.
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If you were injured in a rideshare accident and a Lyft or Uber driver caused the crash, you may be able to file a claim with an accident lawyer and recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses from:

  • The Lyft or Uber driver
  • Uber or Lyft
  • The rideshare driver’s personal insurance company
  • Uber or Lyft’s insurance company
  • Your own insurance company
How much insurance coverage is available depends on the status of the rideshare driver at the time. For instance:
If the at-fault Lyft or Uber driver was not logged into the app at the time of the crash:

Liability falls on the driver and his or her personal insurance company, even if he or she was driving for Uber or Lyft and en route to pick up a passenger. Ridesharing drivers must be logged in when car accidents happen for Uber or Lyft insurance coverage to apply.

If the Lyft or Uber driver was not logged in when the accident happened and his or her own insurance coverage is inactive or inadequate:

Our law firm can help you file a personal injury claim against your own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy to recover damages.

If the driver was logged into the app but had not accepted a ride request:

The rideshare company’s insurance policy provides $50,000 bodily injury coverage per person and up to $100,000 in insurance coverage per incident for Lyft and Uber accidents. An additional $25,000 in insurance coverage is available for property damage.

If the Lyft or Uber driver was logged in and had accepted a ride request, was en route to pick up a passenger, or was transporting a passenger while logged in:

up to $1 million in insurance coverage is available.

In some cases, your accident lawyer may be able to help you sue the rideshare company itself for the negligent or
intentional actions of ridesharing drivers who cause Lyft or Uber accidents. If the company was negligent in hiring or
retaining a driver, for instance, it can be held liable for injuries that result.

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Comparative Negligence in Rideshare Car Accidents

If you were injured in a rideshare accident and you were partially to blame for the crash, we still highly recommend that you contact our law firm. You may still be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Illinois is a comparative negligence state, and as long as you were less than 51% at fault for the accident, you can collect damages from the other responsible parties. Your award will simply be reduced by your portion of fault.

If you were 51% or more at fault, however, you cannot recover damages, regardless of how severe your personal injury. Our law firm will evaluate the evidence to help determine your portion of fault and provide you with an estimate of how much your personal injury claim may be worth.

Car Accidents Aren’t The Only Way Victims Are Injured

Despite extensive criminal history checks that drivers are required to pass before driving for Uber or Lyft, the news is filled with stories of people who have been physically or sexually assaulted by ridesharing drivers. In other cases, drivers are careless when parking to drop off passengers, and victims get hurt getting in or out of Lyft or Uber cars. People who are injured by the reckless, careless, or violent acts of a Lyft or Uber driver can file a claim to recover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.