To receive compensation for an injury claim requires proving who caused the accident and the number of your damages. Your compensation may include reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, loss of future income due to permanent disability, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages.
The Person to Blame
Is it important who is to blame? Determining who caused the accident’s fault is important to collect insurance compensation from the responsible party.
If your Uber driver is at fault, it is possible to sue the driver for the damage. However, it may not be possible to collect sufficient compensation from the driver. If the driver only has personal auto insurance, any claim against that policy will face denial because it is not commercial auto insurance and may not cover the transportation of a passenger.
If another driver(s) is at fault or if the drivers share the fault for causing the accident, then a claim can be made against the insurance coverage that the other drivers at fault have. A challenge may arise in collecting full compensation if the other driver is uninsured (which is illegal but can still happen) or if you have insufficient insurance.
Speak to an Attorney
If you are injured in an accident while riding in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare company, as soon as it is safe to do so, use the online form to contact an auto accident attorney Washington-based. Write down that phone number and keep it with your driver’s license in your wallet in case you need help.