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The attorneys at Ridewolf want you to know you are in good hands. When dealing with an accident, there are questions that come up which need to be addressed. Here are some of the most common questions we hear.
How Much Will It Cost Me?
The good news is we work on a contingency basis. What this means is we pay for experts and take the risks of going to trial financially and are only compensated if we win. This puts us both on the same team and you never have to worry if we have your best interests at heart.
Does Uber and Lyft Have Any Standards?
This is a question that comes up when people are trying to determine if the rideshare service is safe, or after they had an injury, trying to understand if they were put in harm’s way. Uber and Lyft do have a basic background check, DMV check as well as having a driver’s licence that has been valid more than 1 year. The drivers are also required to be over 21 years old.
Are Uber/Lyft Drivers Required to Carry Insurance?
Rideshare services require driver’s to have insurance and validate insurance information on their drivers. There can still be coverage lapses from time to time, which is why Lyft and Uber ensure there is extra coverage while passengers are riding. The typical policy minimums are $50,000 for bodily injury and $100,000 per accident along with $25,000 of property damage coverage. They also carry $1,000,000 primary liability coverage and $1,000,000 of under-insured and unisured drivers.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney Who Specializes in Rideshare Injuries?
Working with Ridewolf, you will have attorneys who know how to litigate a case as well as an attorney who has taken the time to understand the laws and nuances that go into a rideshare case. These cases are often not simple accident/injury cases, but complex cases involving multiple drivers, insurance companies and passengers.
What Happens in the Case Where Another Driver is at Fault?
This situation can expose where some of these cases can get more challenging. Uber and Lyft have their own policies, but if the other driver is at fault and perhaps under insured, you find the insurance companies tend to offer bad settlement offers initially. This is a case where you want the expertise of a rideshare attorney.
Will You Sue Uber or Lyft?
We bring actions before the courts based on our client’s needs. It is possible there can be an opportunity to sue, but this is often challenging and tedious because of the policy the drivers are not employees, but rather independent contractors. There are cases and precedents which are making this particular point a little more murky, which provides an opportunity for our clients to receive better settlements and compensation when they are working with an attorney who can help pursue this angle on their behalf.
Are Rideshare Cases More Complex?
Absolutely, there can be more complexity in a rideshare case than a common accident. For one thing, there are 3 insurance policies rather than the typical 2. Then there is what status was the driver in, active, or in pursuit of a ride. You have to remember, insurance is there to protect you from harm, but an insurance company has to try and settle cases for as little as possible if they want to remain profitable. Because of this, you will generally get a low offer, because most people believe this is their only chance to be made whole and they think the insurance company is their friend.
We are here to protect you. We take emmense pride in ensuring we are prepared and that we can maximize the value of your case for you. We are not afraid to stand up to the insurance company or go to trial. We are here for you and would love to help you if you have been involved in a rideshare accident.