Have you been involved in an Uber accident and are unsure of your rights? Don’t let the confusion and stress overwhelm you. Our team of experienced Uber accident lawyers are here to fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Uber accidents can be complex, involving multiple parties and insurance companies. At Weir & Kestner, our Tennessee Personal Injury Attorneys specialize in handling Uber accident cases, and we have a proven track record of successfully representing our clients. We understand the intricacies of rideshare laws and regulations, and we will diligently investigate your case to build a strong claim on your behalf.
With our expertise and experience, Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers can navigate the complex legal system on your behalf and fight for the justice you deserve. Call our office at 615-220-4180 to schedule your free consultation.
Call the Metro Nashville Police Department to report the crash and summon an ambulance to provide emergency medical care for anyone who is injured. Make sure to inform the dispatcher of any injuries, as the department announced in April 2021 that it would no longer automatically respond to minor, non-injury, “fender-bender”-type accidents. Unless your injuries require immediate medical assistance, stay on the scene until the police have completed their report and find out how you can get a copy for your records.
Ask the rideshare driver for their name, contact information, insurance information, and Uber or Lyft identification number, then contact the rideshare company (check for an emergency contact icon in the app) to notify them of the accident. However, don’t discuss the details of the crash or your injuries without an attorney present.
If your injuries allow, take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, making sure to capture the locations of the involved vehicles and any visible damages, as well as any road or weather conditions that may have contributed to the crash. Take statements and contact information from witnesses so your lawyer can contact them later, if necessary. It may also be helpful to write down anything you remember about the accident while the incident is fresh in your mind.
See a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if your injuries feel relatively minor. In some cases, it can take hours or even days for all accident-related injuries to appear. If your doctor knows you were in an accident, they can be on the lookout for signs of late-appearing injuries and prescribe the appropriate treatments.
Seeking prompt medical care is key. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the greater the chances that the insurance company handling your claim will try to attribute your injuries to other causes. Additionally, attend all follow-up appointments and follow your doctor’s treatment plan as prescribed.
Screenshot your rideshare receipt and any other information in your Uber or Lyft app that’s related to the accident. You will also want to keep your medical bills and receipts for any other expenses, such as medically necessary travel, home accessibility modifications, and out-of-pocket costs. Keep all of the receipts for your accident-related expenses together so that you can review them with your injury attorney.
In recent years, rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft have gained popularity in cities throughout the Volunteer State as cashless, more convenient, and more widely available alternatives to taxis and other traditional modes of transportation. Sadly, as ridesharing services have become more common, so, too, have the number of serious and even deadly crashes involving them. One study from the University of Chicago found that the arrival of app-based ridesharing was associated with a three percent increase in motor vehicle accident fatalities among car occupants and pedestrians.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a crash caused by a negligent rideshare driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other accident-related expenses. However, obtaining a fair recovery in Tennessee rideshare accident cases can be challenging. Not only is the rideshare industry relatively new and governed by murky and constantly changing laws, but the companies behind this transportation phenomenon are specifically structured to allow them to avoid meaningful liability for crashes.
There’s far too much at stake to go it alone. Regardless of whether you were a rideshare passenger or the driver or occupant of another vehicle injured in an accident caused by a negligent Uber or Lyft driver, you need a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you should know about ridesharing crashes, including how the exceptional legal team with Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers can help you understand your rights, explore your options for compensation, and fight for the recovery you deserve.
App-based rideshare services didn’t just disrupt the commercial transportation industry when they launched in the early 2010s; they also created unique legal issues surrounding employment, insurance, and who covers injuries and damages after an accident. For example, people who drive for Uber and Lyft aren’t employees. If they were, rideshare companies could potentially be liable for losses suffered in crashes caused by their drivers. Instead, these companies classify drivers as independent contractors and require them to carry their own auto insurance. Unfortunately, personal car insurance policies typically contain an exclusion that prohibits coverage for injuries and damages that occur while the vehicle is being used for business purposes. So where does that leave accident victims?
Although Uber and Lyft both provide up to $1 million in supplemental liability insurance coverage, getting fair compensation for rideshare accident losses can still be difficult. The extra coverage only applies to damages incurred when the driver was logged in and actively using the ridesharing app, with claim amounts determined by which stage of the rideshare process the driver was in when the accident happened. As a result, while up to $1 million in liability coverage may be available if you were hurt in a crash that occurred while an Uber or Lyft driver was on the way to a pick-up location or had a customer in the car, coverage amounts are much lower if you were injured in an accident with a rideshare driver who was simply logged in and waiting for a ride request.
Ridesharing accident cases are complicated. Whether you’re recovering from crash-related injuries or grieving the wrongful death of a loved one, you shouldn’t have to spend time trying to make sense of this evolving area of personal injury law. Let Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers do the legal heavy lifting.
Having previously represented insurance companies, Weir & Kestner knows how big businesses and their insurers assess, value, and handle injury claims and lawsuits. Now, as plaintiff’s attorneys, our team uses this insight to help rideshare crash clients obtain the best possible outcomes in their cases. We can assist you by:
We’re dedicated to providing compassionate, approachable, and communicative legal services and support to help clients win their cases and lose their stress. We handle cases on contingency, so there’s no fee unless we win. Ready to find out what we can do for you?
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need to speak with an experienced rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 615.220.4180 to schedule your free consultation. If you’re not ready to talk, but still want to learn more about your rights, allow us to email you a complimentary copy of