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08 Aug

What Happens if I Have Been Hit by an Uber Driver?

More and more people are turning to companies like Uber and Lyft for their transportation needs and as a result there are an increasing number of Uber and Lyft vehicles on the road. In a normal car accident, the at-fault party’s insurance would bear liability for the damages. Does this change in instances where the at fault driver was actively driving for a ride share company like Uber and Lyft? Uber works by allowing drivers to driver their personal vehicles during hours that they choose. If a driver is not “on the clock” when they are in an accident, then that driver’s personal insurance will bear the liability. Uber purposely tries to avoid being named in accident litigation by treating its drivers as independent contractors in order to create a legal boundary between the company and its drivers. Instead, Uber provides additional liability coverage for certain circumstances in which the damages incurred exceed the capacity of the driver’s personal insurance. If you have been hit by a negligent or reckless Uber driver and suffered an injury that exceeded the costs of your own personal insurance policy, then the Uber driver may bear some of the liability.

The Uber accident attorneys at Tompkins, Selph, and Associates are available to help with your case. Simply contact us for a FREE consultation.

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