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Uber/Lyft/Rideshare Accident FAQs


Attorneys Answering Your Questions About Rideshare Accident Litigation

In the last 10 years, the ridesharing industry has all but eliminated the taxi-cab market. The prevailing marketing messaging is that ridesharing companies provide a transportation service that is faster, safer, more reliable and more cost-effective. However, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are still dangerous, and the personal injury litigation that arises from an accident involving a ridesharing service can involve uniquely complicated legal questions.

At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, we have been serving New York City accident victims for more than 50 years. In that time, our attorneys have amassed a track record of successful verdicts and settlements. We have the answers you need to rideshare vehicle accident questions. Please peruse the questions and answers below and reach out to us to get the compensation you need.

Can I Sue The Company If I Get Hit By An Uber Or Lyft Driver?

Yes. If you are injured by a rideshare driver who is acting in his or her capacity as a driver at the time of the accident, you can bring a lawsuit against the employing company. However, it is important to note that this type of claim can be brought only if the driver was acting in his or her official capacity at the time of the accident. If not, the company cannot be held liable.

What If I Am Injured As The Passenger Of An Uber Or Lyft Driver?

If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, the same rules apply. Because you are receiving a paid ride from the rideshare driver, that means the driver is acting in his or her official capacity. Therefore, the employing company can be brought in as a defendant in the case.

The secondary question is whether the accident was the Uber or Lyft driver’s fault or the fault of the other driver. Of course, if the rideshare driver was in no way responsible for the accident, the rideshare company cannot be made to pay damages in the case.

Who Has To Pay If I Get Hit By An Uber Or Lyft Driver?

It depends. As noted above, the employing rideshare company would have to be responsible if the driver was acting in his or her official capacity at the time of the accident. For example, if the Uber or Lyft driver was on break and not actively pursuing a paid ride, then Uber or Lyft would not be responsible.

Regardless of whether the company is brought into the lawsuit, the insurance companies are sure to be involved. In most injury claims, the majority of the compensation award will come through an insurance company. Which insurance company or companies must pay will depend on the specifics of the case.

Is It Harder To Win A Lawsuit Against Uber Or Lyft Compared To An Individual?

While it is not necessarily harder to win a case like this, it can be a bit more complicated, as there are a few additional steps required compared to a lawsuit that does not involve an official rideshare company. An experienced attorney should have no problem helping you through the process of obtaining compensation.

What Should I Do?

The most important thing you can do in a case like this is to talk to a lawyer right away. An experienced attorney can assess the situation and help you determine who to bring into a personal injury claim. The sooner you get in touch with us, the more we can do to help you, so contact us right away at 212-964-1390 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.

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