While rideshare services often provide an easy way to get to work, run errands, or get home safely after a night out, there is the risk of getting into an accident. If you’ve been involved in a crash, the Missouri rideshare accident lawyers can help you get your life back in order.
Uber and Lyft are available all over Missouri. If you live in one of the following areas and have been involved in a crash, we’re here for you:
- Blue Springs
- Jefferson City
- Kansas City
- Lee’s Summit
Even if your crash happened in a different location, you might still have grounds to file a claim. In order to understand your options, let’s start by taking a look at the rights of Uber and Lyft passengers in Missouri.
Uber and Lyft Passenger Rights in Missouri
As an Uber or Lyft passenger, you are afforded certain rights from the time you enter a driver’s vehicle. It’s important to understand those rights—especially in the event of an accident. As a passenger, you are entitled to the following:
A Safe Driver
Uber and Lyft drivers are supposed to abide by the rules of the road and get passengers to their destinations safely. This means driving the speed limit, paying attention to their surroundings and the vehicles nearby, and obeying all traffic laws and signs. If that doesn’t happen and you end up in an accident, you can pursue a claim against the driver.
A Safe Vehicle
Per driver requirements, Uber and Lyft drivers are supposed to ensure their vehicles are maintained. Prior to being able to drive for either company, potential drivers need to have cars that meet certain standards. For example, applicants in St. Louis need to have a vehicle that is 15 years old or newer, with four doors, no cosmetic damage, and no commercial branding. When a vehicle isn’t properly maintained, like if the windshield wipers are broken, or the headlights are fogged over, the risk of getting into an accident increases.
Reporting an Unsafe Experience
In the event you have a negative experience with a rideshare driver, you have the right to file a complaint and report the incident. This goes for instances of reckless driving, inappropriate behavior, assault, accidents, and more. Also, remember that you have the right to terminate a ride at any point during a trip—no matter how far into it you are.
Insurance Policies and Rideshare Accidents in Missouri
As a passenger of Uber or Lyft, you are covered by the companies’ insurance policies for injuries caused by an accident so long as your driver was logged into the app. Your lawyer will investigate the crash and determine what period the driver was in when your accident happened, as that will impact where any eligible compensation comes from:
- Period 0. The app is off.
- Period 1. The app is on, and a driver is waiting for a ride request.
- Period 2. A driver has accepted a request and is en route to you.
- Period 3. Passengers are in the vehicle.
If you’re in an accident during period 0, you would need to seek compensation from the rideshare driver’s personal injury policy. In period 1, Uber and Lyft both provide $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person, $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. With periods 2 and 3, there is typically $1 million in coverage per incident.
Rideshare insurance policies are often confusing, and you may not be aware of what policy applies to your situation. A lawyer can determine what you’re owed and from where.
The Benefits of Working With an Attorney
The aftermath of a crash is often loud, overwhelming, and confusing. Once you’ve sought medical treatment and the dust has started to settle, you may realize that medical bills are beginning to pile up or you need to take time off of work to recover. If that’s the case, our attorneys can provide you with strong legal representation and ensure you have the space and time you need to take care of your health.
When you work with a lawyer from the Rideshare Law Group, we’ll start by investigating the accident you were in and determining what happens and why. In the event the circumstances are particularly confusing, we can get in touch with an accident reconstructionist.
Once we have an idea of what happened before, during, and after your crash, we can start calculating a fair compensation value. We will look into both your economic and noneconomic losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
The next stage typically involves negotiations. In the event we can obtain a reasonable settlement offer on your behalf, we will do so. If that is not possible, we can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit in court. While doing so can take time, it may be the only way to ensure justice is served.
Get in Touch With the Rideshare Law Group
To improve your chances of recovering as fully as possible after an accident, you need help from ours Missouri rideshare accident lawyers. The sooner you get started filing a claim, the better. We will have the time we need to investigate the accident, and your doctor will be able to determine the extent of your injuries and what your future looks like.
To learn more about how we can help you with your Uber or Lyft accident claim, schedule a case evaluation with our firm today. We’ll review what you’ve been through and help you determine how best to proceed to secure your finances and your future.