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First pioneered by Uber in 2009, ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps have transformed the nature of American transportation over the last decade. By allowing users to order convenient rides from a fleet of over 2 million independently-contracted drivers, Uber and Lyft have since cornered the market on ridesharing services. However, like any other group of drivers, Uber and Lyft rideshare workers can – and do – cause car accidents that result in devastating injuries.

No matter how complicated your crash may be, our Uber & Lyft accident lawyers in Hawaii at Davis Levin Livingston are committed to helping you recover after a tragic or catastrophic accident. It’s our goal to provide detailed, top-quality representation so that you can focus on healing your injuries.

For more information on how to file a rideshare accident claim in Hawaii, call (808) 740-0633 or contact us online today.

Who Can Be Liable for a Rideshare Crash?

Whether you were a rideshare passenger, a passing pedestrian, or another driver at the time of your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the responsible party. However, it may be difficult to secure the compensation you are owed when there are multiple parties and insurance policies involved.

There are a number of potential parties who may owe you compensation:

  • The Uber or Lyft driver
  • Another driver on the road
  • Uber or Lyft's corporate insurance policy
  • The Uber or Lyft driver's own commercial insurance policy

As rideshare services like Uber and Lyft continue to dominate our roads, many passengers and drivers have been injured in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Although these cases can be complicated to navigate, our experienced legal team at Davis Levin Livingston can assist when you’ve been seriously injured in a Hawaii rideshare accident. By carefully investigating your crash and identifying all the liable parties, our award-winning attorneys can build a solid case strategy and seek the compensation you deserve after an accident.

Call (808) 740-0633 to get started with your claim today!

Can You Sue an Uber Driver For CRashing?

In short, yes you can sue an uber driver or uber for crashing. you can also sue Uber if you feel they may have liability but should understand there are certain requirements to do so. Every case is different, so it would be best to reach out to your local personal injury lawyer for more detailed information.

Uber & Lyft’s Insurance Coverage for Active Drivers

When these car accidents occur, it can be hard for injury victims to know where to seek compensation. Although the ridesharing services do offer accident insurance coverage for their drivers, the coverage levels depend on the driver’s status at the time of the crash, also known as the “driving period.” This means your attorney will need to determine that status and help you decide on the right course of action for compensation.

Auto insurance for most rideshare services follows this structure:

  • Period 0: The driver is not active on the ridesharing app and is driving on their own time. No insurance coverage is provided.
  • Period 1: The driver is actively using the ridesharing app but has not made a match. Uber and Lyft will provide limited coverage, up to $25,000 in property damage, $50,000 per person injured, and $100,000 per accident.
  • Period 2: The driver has matched with a rider. Uber and Lyft will cover accidents at up to $1 million in coverage, with limits varying for uninsured or under-insured motorists.
  • Period 3: The driver has picked up the rider and is taking them to the destination. This is generally considered the same as Period 2 and lasts until drop-off.

As demonstrated in the list above, there are some points at which the insurance coverage level may be difficult to ascertain, particularly between Period 1 and Period 2. This is why it’s crucial to work with a qualified attorney who has experience navigating rideshare cases and identifying where liability falls.

Every company has their own policy regarding insurance coverage for passengers of the service. Uber’s website states the following:

If you’re taking a ride requested through uberX, some transportation providers are rideshare drivers providing transportation with their personal vehicles. Rideshare providers carry personal insurance policies. However, there’s a commercial insurance policy for ridesharing with $1 million of coverage per incident. This policy covers drivers’ liability from the time a driver accepts your trip request through the app until the completion of your trip. This policy is expressly primary to the driver’s personal auto policy. An additional insurance policy covers drivers when they are logged into the Uber app but have not yet accepted a trip request.

The company also carries uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. As for Lyft, they require their drivers to either have their own commercial insurance policy or provides one for them, the details of which are available on their website.

As for the drivers of the ride-sharing car, Forbes Magazine reports that an organization called Peers is now offering car replacement insurance for drivers. This insurance helps drivers get a replacement car they can use for their ride-sharing job if their car is damaged in a crash, allowing them to keep working.

Car Accidents Involving Car Sharing

Car sharing, in many ways, is like renting a car—just easier and for a shorter period of time. Usually, these cars are available in urban areas for those who participate in the service to pick up and use for just a few hours or even less for a fairly reasonable fee. Obviously, most of the people who would have need of such a service do not have cars of their own, so they are unlikely to carry any auto insurance. So the question becomes if you are in an accident while driving one of these cars or in an accident where someone else is driving one of these cars, who is going to pay for the damages? Many of these companies have some degree of insurance in place for the driver. For example, Enterprise CarShare has insurance in place to cover physical damage and liability. This means that if you are hit by someone using one of their cars, that liability coverage should apply to you. But if you are the driver of a car share car and you suffer injuries in an accident that is your fault, you may have to rely on your own medical insurance for coverage.

Contact an Experienced Rideshare Accident Lawyer

For the past 40 years, the firm of Davis Levin Livingston has fought for the rights of the injured in Honolulu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, securing hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. If you've been seriously injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you can count on our team to support and guide you until a favorable settlement is reached.

Call (808) 740-0633 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our firm. You owe no fees unless we win your case!

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