Rideshare/Uber/Lyft Accidents

Chicago Rideshare Accident Attorney

In the few short years since rideshare services like Uber and Lyft changed the way Americans get around, the cars and other vehicles driven under the banner of these two services and others like them have driven passengers the equivalent distance of a round-trip to Saturn. That’s about 1.5 billion miles worth of rides. With that much time on the road, it is almost inevitable that ride-sharing drivers will get in accidents – and they do. Rideshare drivers provide a good alternative to other modes of transportation, but they also add to Chicago’s traffic accidents. When those accidents injure passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians, holding the rideshare driver and the ride-sharing company accountable can be a significant challenge. Chicago ridesharing accident lawyer Kirk Moyer knows how to overcome the roadblocks put up by rideshare companies to get his clients the compensation they need and deserve.

As much as rideshare drivers are central to their success, ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft try to keep those drivers at arms-length in an effort to limit their responsibility for everything from wages and employment benefits to liability for accidents or sexual assaults.  Hiding behind legal fictions and restrictive, complicated insurance policies, these companies may try to say they have no liability for driver negligence, leaving victims to seek compensation from drivers who may be significantly underinsured.

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Kirk sees through these efforts and knows how to hold these ridesharing services accountable for their drivers’ negligence as an experienced Lyft and Uber accident attorney in Chicago. He has dedicated his career to helping individuals and families as a rideshare lawyer in Chicago and across Lake County move forward after a serious accident or catastrophic injury. Kirk has the experience, tenacity, and skills to get the maximum amount of compensation for Uber and Lyft accident injury victims.

Rideshare Accidents Can Be Much More Complex Than Other Car Accidents

Perhaps the most significant challenge faced by those seeking compensation for their rideshare injuries, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and sometimes death of a loved one, involves the complexity of insurance coverage and the relentless efforts of Uber and Lyft to shield themselves from claims.

For example, both ridesharing companies take the position that when their app is turned off or their drivers are not available to pick up passengers, the driver is not “on-the-job,” and therefore, the company is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that happen during that time.

Additionally, rideshare accidents can involve multiple claims against multiple insurance companies. When you’re driving your own car on your own time and get into a collision with another driver who is doing the same, there will likely be two insurance companies – yours and the other driver’s – involved in claims arising from the accident. But in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, it is likely that more than one insurance policy may supply coverage for damages incurred in the crash. This is in addition to insurance policies covering the drivers of any other vehicles involved in the accident.

If you’re hurt in a ridesharing accident due to distracted driving, or speeding for example, seek medical treatment as soon as possible, even if you do not feel hurt. You can make a claim against the rideshare driver as well as the ridesharing company. However, as in any car accident lawsuit, who you can recover damages from or whether you can obtain any money at all depends on your ability to prove who was to blame for your injuries. Just because Uber and Lyft and their drivers have insurance doesn’t mean their insurance company will happily open their checkbooks if you file an accident report claim against them. Lyft and Uber do background checks and provide drivers with liability coverage of $50,000 for bodily injury per person, $100,000 for bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. They can provide uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.

How Kirk Moyer Can Help You With Your Rideshare Accident Claims

Knowing where to look for compensation for rideshare accident injuries can be complicated. Knowing how to overcome efforts by the ridesharing companies to evade responsibility for your injuries can be even more so. That is why retaining an experienced Chicago rideshare accident lawyer is so critical.

Pursuing compensation from an at-fault driver, a large insurance corporation (State Farm, Progressive, GEICO, etc.), or a multi-billion dollar rideshare company (Uber and Lyft) is seldom an easy task for anyone, including a rideshare driver. Kirk will neither be fooled nor intimidated by efforts to avoid liability. Each personal injury case will be unique. He will pursue all available avenues of compensation on behalf of those injured by the negligence of Uber or Lyft drivers. Our law firm will review your medical records, medical bills, medical expenses, and look into your personal insurance in order to determine your case and the full extent of your injuries.

Over two decades ago, Kirk decided to dedicate his career to helping auto accident victims obtain the compensation and resources they need and the justice they deserve. As an Uber accident lawyer in Chicago, Kirk has the tenacity, commitment, and skill have put millions of dollars into the pockets of clients throughout Cook County and Lake County.

Call Kirk Today To Arrange For Your FREE Rideshare Accident Consultation

Personal injury lawyers understand the complexities of rideshare accident cases. If you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing accident, please give Kirk a call at (847) 244-3444 to arrange for your FREE initial consultation. Before speaking with an insurance adjuster, you should consult with a lawyer. You pay nothing unless Kirk recovers compensation for you, so there is no reason not to reach out. Contact your ridesharing accident lawyer in Lake County for honest and experienced representation you need.