Law Firm Representing Victims of Accidents Involving Uber and Lyft
Niagara Falls Ride Sharing Attorney
Despite only coming into existence in the last few years, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are now ubiquitous. Almost all of us have used them in our own towns and cities and when we are away in strange places. In terms of the law applicable to your claim, actions against Uber and Lyft drivers or against other drivers while you’re occupying an Uber or a Lyft are similar to other motor vehicle collisions. The issues that need to be addressed that set these claims apart from other motor vehicle accidents are in the areas of the applicable insurance.
If you are driving your private vehicle and you are injured by another driver who is an Uber or Lyft driver, there may be different amounts of insurance available to cover your loss. The amounts of insurance available depend on whether the Uber or Lyft driver was in the course of a fare, on their way to pick up a customer, or just driving their vehicle privately. Our personal injury lawyers are experience in navigating those potential insurance claims to maximize your recovery.
If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle you may have a claim against the SUM insurance applicable to the Uber or Lyft vehicle in addition to your claim against the negligent driver who caused the collision. The amount of SUM coverage available depends on the situation that resulted in the collision, but the insurance company certainly won’t tell you about it and you have to be aware of the nuances of this claim in order to prosecute it properly. Matthew T. Mosher, one of the partners at Viola, Cummings, Lindsay, LLP has written a blog on the topic of SUM insurance that you can find here: Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage in New York State.
If you find yourself injured in a motor vehicle collision involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, don’t try to handle it yourself. Call Viola, Cummings, Lindsay LLP and we’ll guide you through the process.