Rideshare accidents are increasing in frequency as more and more Seattle residents rely on apps like Uber and Lyft to get from place to place. If you are the victim of an Uber or Lyft accident, you may experience significant damages — and under Washington law, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.
Securing compensation after one of these accidents is not easy since the insurance policies in place can be difficult to navigate. Trust Jordan, Herington & Rowley to represent your claim.
Why Choose Us?
- Our firm believes in open, honest communication during each stage of your claim. We are always available to answer your questions and explain the case process to you.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis for maximum affordability. You do not have to pay legal fees unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.
- It is not in the insurance company’s best interest to provide you with the maximum possible settlement, but it is our top priority. We will evaluate any offers the insurance company sends you and advise you on your best path forward.
Possible Damages in Seattle Rideshare Accidents
After an Uber or Lyft accident, you may suffer from significant physical, financial, and emotional damages. If someone else was responsible for the collision, you can collect compensation for these damages through your lawsuit or insurance claim.
In Washington, you can collect two main types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include the financial losses you incur due to the accident, such as medical costs, lost wages, and property damages. Non-economic damages involve the intangible losses you suffer, such as mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and other pain and suffering damages.
What Are Your Legal Options After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
You have two main pathways to compensation after a rideshare accident: you can file an insurance claim, or you can file a personal injury lawsuit.
With the insurance option, Uber and Lyft require you to file a claim with the driver’s private insurance before filing a claim with the company’s coverage. If the driver’s company denies your claim or if your needs exceed the coverage they can provide, Uber and Lyft will usually provide the following coverage and amounts of coverage.
- If the driver did not have the rideshare app open at the time of the accident, you receive no coverage.
- If the driver had the app open but did not have an active ride, you can receive up to $25,000 for property damage, $50,000 for bodily injury, and $100,000 for total injury liability.
- If the driver had a passenger in the car or was on the way to pick up a passenger, you can receive up to $1 million in liability coverage.
The lawsuit pathway is appropriate in cases where the insurance company refuses to settle, or your damages exceed their policy limits. Since Uber or Lyft considers their drivers independent contractors, you cannot file a lawsuit against the rideshare company directly and will likely file against the at-fault driver.
Contact Jordan, Herington & Rowley for Your Rideshare Accident Claim
If you are suffering from injuries after an Uber or Lyft accident, Jordan, Herington & Rowley can help. Our attorneys understand the rideshare claims process deeply, allowing us to handle each aspect of your case so you can focus on recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our Seattle rideshare accident attorneys.