If you live in the more urban areas of Kansas, you’ve likely used a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. These services make it easy for people to get to their destinations privately, without worrying about driving themselves or using public transportation. When an accident happens, however, the victim can be left with unexpected injuries and financial losses. If you’re in a situation like that, our Kansas rideshare accident lawyers can help.
At the Rideshare Law Group, we represent accident victims on a nationwide basis. If your crash happens in Kansas, it likely occurred in one of the following areas:
- Dodge City
- Kansas City
It’s possible, however, that your wreck happened elsewhere. Regardless of where it occurred, our attorneys are ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries.
Uber and Lyft Accident Statistics
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have been in the United States since 2010. In the past decade, drivers have provided more than 11 billion trips to passengers in all 50 states. While most trips end with the passenger arriving safely at their destination, a small percentage do not.
According to a study from the University of Chicago and Rice University, it’s estimated that three percent of fatal traffic accidents involve a rideshare vehicle. The majority of crashes occur in urban areas, with a number of those accidents occurring at drop-off and pick-up locations.
With the number of rideshare trips continuing to increase, there’s a chance for more accidents. If you’ve been involved in a crash, a rideshare accident attorney can advise you of your options.
Rideshare Insurance Options for Drivers
While all drivers are required to have an active insurance policy to operate a vehicle in public roadways, rideshare drivers can add additional coverage to their basic policy. When Uber or Lyft won’t cover an accident and the driver’s personal policy isn’t enough to cover the victim’s related injuries and losses, rideshare insurance can fill in the gaps.
Some of the nation’s largest auto insurers, like Geico, Farmers, and Progressive, offer rideshare accident insurance coverage. If you’re involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver and their insurance carrier has a rideshare policy on file for the driver, it’s possible you could receive benefits.
It’s important to note that the insurance policy that applies to your crash will depend on when the accident happened. If, for example, you were stuck by an Uber or Lyft driver while they weren’t picking up or dropping off any passengers, it’s likely only their personal policy will come into play. If, however, you were the passenger, the company policy or any additional rideshare policy could affect your recovery.
Safety Tips for Rideshare Passengers
While you can’t always prevent an accident from happening, especially when you’re a rideshare passenger, there are steps you can take to protect yourself while using the services and in the event of a crash.
- Wait for Your Ride in a Safe Place. With many accidents happening at pick-up locations, it’s important to wait for your driver in a safe location. Do not stand in the road if you can avoid it. Stay near a building or on the sidewalk and be alert to your driver’s arrival.
- Verify the Car and Driver. Before you get into the vehicle, match the car and the driver to the one on your Uber or Lyft app. You can ask the driver to verify your information while you verify theirs. This way, you’ll know for certain you are getting into the proper vehicle.
- Use Trip-Sharing Features. Both Uber and Lyft let passengers share their trip information with us. When you do this, someone you know will be aware of your location and if you derail from your trip at any point.
- Report Driver Behavior. If a driver is reckless, breaks laws, or acts inappropriately, you have the right to terminate the ride at any point. It’s important to report poor driver behavior to the applicable company so that it can be addressed, and future issues can be prevented.
- Call 911 If You’re in an Accident. If you’re involved in a wreck, call 911. You’ll want to seek medical attention, even if you keep okay, and ensure a police report is filed for the crash. Both of those actions will help you down the line if you choose to take legal action.
Get Help From the Rideshare Law Group
A rideshare accident can result in physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial losses. Victims deserve the chance to recover as fully as possible. When you work with our Kansas rideshare accident lawyers, you’ll be on track to getting the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
When you schedule a free case evaluation with our law firm, we’ll review what you’ve been through, determine your legal rights and options, and explain how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances. If you choose to move forward with an injury claim, we’ll be by your side throughout the process—whether your claim results in a settlement offer or you pursue a lawsuit in court.
The claims process can be complex, especially when a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft is involved. To give yourself the best chance at success, reach out to us as soon as possible after your accident. Contact us today for more information.