Uber / Lyft Accident Lawyer in Kansas City, MO
Proven Kansas City Car Accident Attorneys
Rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber have become widely used by consumers across the country. As convenient means of transportation that are often more affordable than taxi services, Uber and Lyft work by connecting smart phone users instantly to available drivers in their area. Although customers pay fees in exchange for this service, there is no guarantee they will receive a safe ride – especially when negligence is involved.
At DiPasquale Moore, our Kansas City personal injury lawyers draw from decades of collective experience to protect the rights of victims who have suffered preventable injuries in all types of car accidents, including wrecks involving rideshare operators like Uber and Lyft. Due to the unique nature of these services, and unique factors involved in the accidents and damages they can cause, these cases demand the attention of proven attorneys who know how to secure the compensation victims deserve.
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Legal Issues in Uber and Lyft Accidents
Uber and Lyft are relatively new services, which means they create many unique and challenging legal issues in cases involving accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death. While all car accident claims are focused on proving fault and liability, often arising from negligence, cases involving these rideshare services are not always as straightforward. That’s due to some legal issues that can create challenges in victims’ fight for compensation:
- Driver Classification – Some of the most challenging aspects of accident cases involving Uber and Lyft stem from the way these companies classify their drivers. While trucking companies and other commercial transportation services are typically responsible for the conduct of their drivers and employees, Uber and Lyft can skirt this responsibility under certain circumstances. That is because they classify drivers not as employees, but as independent contractors. In the context of a personal injury case, this means that Uber and Lyft may not be liable for damages suffered by victims in accidents caused by rideshare drivers, particularly when they are in between fares or not using the app to pick up customers. This can create challenges when victims look to hold a responsible party accountable for their damages, as well as when they seek the full amount of compensation they need through the appropriate insurance coverage (whether it be a driver’s personal auto insurance, Uber or Lyft insurance policies, or both).
- Insurance Coverage – Due to its classification of drivers and independent contractors, insurance coverage works differently in cases involving Uber and Lyft. Victims harmed by at-fault drivers typically file personal injury claims against that driver, which are handled by their insurance provider. However, in Uber and Lyft accidents, insurance coverage may be provided by either the company, the driver, or both, depending on the circumstances and what the driver was doing at the time. For example, passengers harmed in Uber or Lyft wrecks are covered by commercial insurance policies purchased by the rideshare service. These are typically $1 million policies, and they cover victims injured not only in wrecks caused by the Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, but also the negligence of other drivers, even if they are uninsured or don’t have enough insurance to cover all of a victim’s damages. Insurance coverage also varies if victims are occupants of other motor vehicles (or pedestrians or bicyclists) and the Uber or Lyft driver did not have a customer in their vehicle at the time. For example, Uber or Lyft’s contingent insurance policy, as well as the driver’s auto insurance, may cover victims injured by rideshare drivers who were in between fares or on their way to pick up a customer. In cases were an Uber or Lyft driver was not using the app and driving “on their own time,” then victims may need to pursue compensation through that driver’s personal auto insurance.
- Driver Qualifications – Drivers in the commercial transportation industry, including truck drivers, are subject to strict regulations designed to reduce risks of preventable crashes. Uber and Lyft do not have the same regulatory oversight, and have been widely criticized for a lack of safety policies that protect their customers. This means victims may have valid claims against a rideshare company that fails to ensure drivers are qualified and do not pose unreasonable safety risks. Hiring a driver with a questionable driving record, substance abuse history, record of driving for too many consecutive hours, or criminal record may result in rideshare companies being held responsible for accidents and injuries, including those resulting from drugged or drunk driving, driver fatigue, or even sexual assault.
Because our attorneys have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims and fighting insurance companies and corporations that want to pay them as little as possible, we have the tools and resources to effectively address these issues and fight to establish fault and liability. Our experience also allows us to negotiate fair settlements or to take cases to trial when necessary.
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Car accidents can be frightening experiences, and they can create tremendous strains on victims and families. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Uber or Lyft accident in Kansas City or any of the surrounding communities of Missouri or Kansas, DiPasquale Moore is prepared to guide you though these difficult times, and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Call (888) 743-1030 today to speak with a member of our team and request a free review of your case.