If you’re looking to get around town to run errands, go to work, or have a safe night out with friends, rideshare services to readily available throughout Vermont, including Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Killington, Middlebury, and Montpelier. While most rides are a success, accidents happen. If you’ve been injured in a crash, our Vermont rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
Accident victims have the right to file an injury claim to seek compensation for their losses. While the process can seem daunting, it’s simple when you have an attorney by your side. At the Rideshare Law Group, we’re dedicated to helping victims of Uber and Lyft accidents recover full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses.
Rideshare Regulations in Vermont
The Vermont General Assembly Title 23: Motor Vehicles, Chapter 10: Transportation Network Companies define terms around rideshare companies and insurance requirements for the state. The definitions are as follows:
- Digital Network – any online-enabled application, software, website, or system offered or used by a transportation network company that allows for prearranged rides
- Personal Vehicle – a vehicle that a driver uses to provide prearranged rides, the vehicle should be owned, leased, or otherwise authorized for use by the driver
- Prearranged Ride – transportation provided by a driver of a transportation network company ride, not including a shared-expenses carpool or vanpool arrangement, use of a taxicab, limousine, or other for-hire vehicles, or public or private regional transportation company that operates on a fixed route
- Transportation Network Company – a person that uses a digital network to connect riders to drivers
- Transportation Network Company Driver – an individual who uses their personal vehicle and receives connections to potential riders from a transportation network company
- Transportation Network Company Rider – an individual who uses a digital network to connect with a driver who provides rides in their personal vehicle
If you’ve been injured in a crash, your lawyer will explain how those definitions apply to your claim and ensure any paperwork submitted using those terms makes sense.
Understand Rideshare Driving Stages
Compensation for car accident claims often comes from insurance companies. However, for rideshare accidents, the insurance company involved is dependent on the stage the rideshare driver was in at the time of the accident. Therefore, identifying the stage your driver was in at the time of the crash is crucial to your case.
In the initial stage, your driver has their app turned on but has not yet confirmed a pickup. If you were in an accident at this point, you were likely another driver or a pedestrian. The driver’s personal auto insurance policy would come into play to cover injuries and losses.
The next stage is when the driver has accepted a ride and is on their way to pick up a passenger. If you’re in an accident at this stage, it’s likely you’re still either another driver or a pedestrian. Once, again the driver’s personal policy will likely apply for losses. If the driver has personal rideshare coverage, that may apply as well.
The final stage is when the driver has picked up their passenger. If you’re injured while en route to your destination, Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy will likely apply. Both companies have $1 million per-accident policies.
No matter at which stage your accident took place, you deserve the best chance at recovery. To get that, you should consider filing an injury claim.
Filing an Injury Claim Against Uber or Lyft
If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you can take legal action against the driver and, in some instances, the company. Your attorney will guide you through the process and explain how negotiations will work.
To start, your Vermont attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the crash to determine what happened and why. Then, once they have the evidence needed to support your claim, they can work on valuing your injuries and losses—both economic and non-economic. That could include your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
While most claims resolve through negotiations, there’s a chance you could have to take your claim to court to get the compensation you deserve. While filing a lawsuit will extend how long it takes to finalize your case, it could be the only way to achieve a fair verdict.
Get in Touch With the Rideshare Law Group
Uber and Lyft accidents can completely change the course of your week, month, or even your year. Unfortunately, the more serious your injuries, the longer your recovery is likely to be. But, if you’ve been injured and are looking to hold the negligent party accountable, our Vermont rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
At the Rideshare Law Group, we represent accident victims on a nationwide basis. We’re ready to take your claim on and prove you are owed compensation for your injuries. The sooner you get in touch with us, the better your chances of recovering a full and fair monetary award. To get started, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.