Denver Rideshare Collision Attorneys
Since taking off in the late 2010s, rideshare companies, including Uber and Lyft, have only risen in popularity. They’re cheap, convenient, and can be found almost everywhere across the country. Unfortunately, with their popularity also comes risks. The more rideshare cars on the road, the more likely there is to be a rideshare collision, and all vehicle collisions have the potential to end in tragedy.
The Denver car collision attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have years of experience with fighting for auto crash victims, rideshare collisions included. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation, and could likely use all the help you can get. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (303) 759-9945.
Rideshare insurance policies can seem confusing and complicated. Who is responsible for what? What about the driver’s insurance, what do they have to pay? What happens if there is no customer in the car during the crash? Thankfully, the policies can be broken down into four periods, which makes determining who is responsible for what damages easy to figure out.
Period 0: The rideshare app is not on and the driver is not working. In this case, the driver’s personal auto insurance would come into play, and the rideshare company will not be involved in any claim proceedings.
Period 1: The rideshare app is on, the driver is waiting for a fare, and is not on their way to pick up a customer. During this period, both Uber and Lyft currently have a 50/100/25 liability coverage plan. Meaning, they will offer $50,000 per person injured in the collision, or $100,000 in total, and $25,000 for property damage.
Period 2: The rideshare app is on, and the driver is on their way to pick up a customer. If involved in a collision during this period, then Uber and Lyft offer $1 million in liability, uninsured, and underinsured motorist insurance coverage.
Period 3: The rideshare app is on, and there is a customer in the car. This period begins the moment the customer enters the car, whether the driver has started the route or not. The policy here is the same as the policy in period 2, with $1 million in coverage.
Like with any car crash, rideshare collisions can be devastating. When we get into an Uber or Lyft, we’re putting our lives in someone else’s hands. We trust that our driver knows what they’re doing and will be able to get us to our destination in one piece. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. When two high-speed objects collide, catastrophe can ensue. The most common injuries from a rideshare crash are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Broken, fractured, and crushed bones
- Amputations or loss of limb
- Burn injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Road rash
- Skull fractures
- Internal damage
Any of these injuries can take a toll on you, and often require lengthy hospital visits and recovery periods in order to fully heal. During that time, you may be unable to work, or go about your daily life. There’s also the chance you may never fully recover and can’t go back to your job or live life the way you did before the collision. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence in a rideshare crash, it’s imperative that you reach out to an experienced auto crash attorney. We can’t change what has happened, but we can at least fight for your compensation.
When it comes to liability during a rideshare crash case, there are a few options. First and most obvious, the at-fault driver can be held liable, whether that be the driver of the rideshare vehicle or a driver in a separate car. An investigation will take place after the crash to determine exactly what happen and who, if anyone, is at fault. Getting your hands on the report will help you find out exactly who you should file your claim against.
It is also possible the collision was caused by poor road maintenance. For example, if a pothole in the road caused one driver to lose control of their vehicle and hit another, then the party responsible for keeping that roadway in working order would be liable. Often times, this is the town or city that the road is located in.
The rideshare company themselves can also be found liable. This is the case when it is found that the company has somehow been negligent in the hiring of their driver. Various state rules apply, for example Colorado Statute 40-10.1-605 requires what qualifications a driver must meet before being hired by a rideshare company.
- They must have a valid license
- They must have proper auto insurance
- They must be driving a vehicle registered with the state of Colorado
- They must be proven to be medically fit to drive
- Their car must be inspected and greenlit by a mechanic
- They must pass a criminal background check
If it comes to light that the rideshare driver did not qualify for any of these requirements and they were at fault for the collision, then the company can be held liable for the damages caused by the crash.
Car collisions often leave a wake of injury and pain behind them. You may be struggling with injuries, medical debt, lost wages, and psychological trauma. You don’t deserve to suffer because of someone else’s poor decisions. Negligent drivers should always be held accountable for their actions, and so should rideshare companies, no matter how big they’ve gotten. We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. believe in fighting for our clients. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (877) 433-3906 and find out if we’re right for your case.