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Oregon Rideshare Accident Attorney

If you've been injured in a car accident involving an Uber driver or Lyft driver, it can be difficult to know where to turn. You may not even know whose insurance company to contact, the driver or the rideshare company. In addition, the idea of taking on one of these huge ridesharing companies may be overwhelming.  

Our law firm can help. At The Law Office of Chad Stavley, we aren't afraid of Uber and Lyft. We have recovered significant compensation for clients against the rideshare companies and currently represent other rideshare accident victims. We understand their tactics and are not intimidated by their bullying.  

When Uber and Lyft drivers cause accidents, they often try to avoid responsibility for their actions by claiming their drivers aren't employees but independent contractors instead. But Uber and Lyft control every aspect of their drivers' work lives - from setting rates, limiting payment methods, to screening the car and the driver - which makes them responsible for any harm caused while driving passengers. If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, call Chad Stavley today at 503-546-8812 for a free consultation. Our office is in Northwest Portland, but Chad handles rideshare accident cases throughout Oregon and Washington.  

What Rideshare Accident Victims Need to Know About Uber and Lyft

Lyft and Uber are both huge companies worth billions of dollars. In a typical car crash case, your ability to get full and fair compensation may be limited because the other driver has minimal insurance and no assets. In a rideshare accident, you may be able to recover full financial compensation. That's because ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber have significant insurance and near unlimited assets.  

An experienced rideshare accident lawyer can help recover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering following a car crash.  

There are many different types of car accidents that may involve a rideshare driver and entitle you to significant financial compensation. These can include:

  • Cases where you were either a driver or passenger hit by a Lyft or Uber driver.
  • Cases where you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and were injured in a crash, no matter who was at fault.
  • You were a pedestrian or bicyclist struck and injured by an Uber or Lyft driver.
  • You were an Uber or Lyft driver injured in a car accident where the other driver was at fault.

Call Us After a Uber or Lyft Accident

If you have been in an Uber accident or Lyft accident, you should contact rideshare accident attorney Chad Stavley as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. The first reason to act quickly is that evidence can be lost that could help you win your case. For example, we have seen video evidence in rideshare accidents in the form of dash cameras and also cameras from nearby businesses. Unfortunately, we have also seen cases where video evidence from an accident scene was lost because victims did not secure it before it was destroyed.  

Free Consultation

We offer a 100% free consultation for rideshare accident victims. Your consultation will allow you to talk to an experienced rideshare accident lawyer, Chad Stavley.  

During your free consultation, Chad will ask you questions about your Uber or Lyft accident, the rideshare driver, the ridesharing vehicle, how the accident happened, and your medical treatment. Then he'll give you the time you need to ask questions so that you understand your personal injury claim and legal options.  

Portland Rideshare Regulations

Cities can have their own rideshare regulations, and Portland has chosen to do so. However, it doesn't mean that the regulations are followed or that the rideshare company has even screened the  Uber driver or Lyft driver. For example, we have seen a Lyft accident case where the Lyft driver never even had a valid Oregon driver's license and had been driving for Lyft for years. Portland's city regulations include:

  1. All ridesharing drivers must undergo an annual criminal background and driving history check.
  2. The ridesharing driver cannot have a felony conviction within the last ten years.
  3. The ridesharing driver cannot have any felony conviction involving physical harm or attempted physical harm to a person, no matter when the incident occurred.
  4. The ridesharing driver cannot be on the National Sex Offender Registry.
  5. Ridesharing drivers cannot have a misdemeanor conviction for theft, robbery, burglary, assault, sex crimes, drugs, prostitution, or weapons within the last five years.
  6. Ridesharing drivers cannot have any traffic crimes such as a DUII within the last five years.
  7. The rideshare driver cannot have more than five traffic violations in the last three years or two in the last 12 months.

You should call for a free consultation if you have been in an Uber accident or Lyft accident. Our office will determine if the rideshare driver was complying with local rideshare regulations.

Insurance Requirements For Rideshare Drivers

Oregon does not have standard insurance requirements for rideshare drivers. However, cities like Portland have their own ordinances governing Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft.  

In Portland, the Uber/Lyft driver who is offline is covered by their personal auto insurance policy. However, once they log in to the Uber or Lyft application, their personal auto insurance will no longer cover them. Instead, they are covered by the insurance provided by the rideshare companies.  

When logged in and awaiting a match, Portland requires a policy with at least $50,000 of coverage per injured person / $100,000 total.  

Once a match has been accepted, Portland requires $1 Million in combined single limit bodily injury/property damage coverage and $1 Million in combined single limit UM/UIM coverage. This insurance coverage amount is in place until the passenger exits the vehicle at the destination.

Why Choose The Law Office of Chad Stavley?

  • Chad Stavley is an experienced personal injury lawyer. He has been representing car accident victims for over 14 years. In addition, he is an experienced Uber accident lawyer and Lyft accident lawyer.
  • Chad is a trial lawyer, having tried approximately 100 jury trials. If you can't get Uber or Lyft to reach an agreeable settlement number, you'll need a lawyer comfortable in a courtroom. Unfortunately, many lawyers who advertise themselves as rideshare accident lawyers are not trial lawyers. If you chose a law firm that only settles cases, Uber and Lyft will know, and the value of your personal injury case may suffer.  
  • Chad has a history of getting results. You can learn about our results on our results page and from our client reviews.  
  • We operate on a strictly contingent fee basis. That means we don't get paid until we win.
  • Chad only handles personal injury cases. It would be best to have an Uber accident attorney or Lyft accident lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases.
  • We are responsive. If you contact our law firm, you'll get a timely response.  
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Questions About Rideshare Cases

You are in Portland. Should I call you or contact an Uber accident lawyer near me?

It is important that you get an experienced Uber accident attorney and not just someone local. Chad Stavley handles cases involving rideshare accidents throughout Oregon and Washington.

How do I get my medical bills paid after Uber and Lyft accidents?

Oregon now requires Uber/Lyft's commercial insurance policy to have personal injury protection (PIP). After your ridesharing accident, PIP will pay for the first $15,000 / two years of medical expenses. You can give the medical professionals the Uber accident claim or Lyft accident claim number when you seek medical treatment. Call my law firm for assistance if you need legal assistance getting that claim number from Uber/Lyft.

Can I get help with lost wages after a Lyft accident or Uber accident?

Rideshare services are now required to have PIP wage loss on their insurance policies. Their insurance company will be required to pay your proven wage losses to a maximum of 70% of your regular wage with a cap of $3,000 per month. My law firm will help you get your PIP established so that you can focus on healing. We do not take any fee from PIP.

Who is responsible for a crash involving a rideshare vehicle?

Like a regular car accident, this depends on who was at fault. If the accident occurred because of the negligence of the Lyft /Uber driver, the insurance company for the transportation service is likely responsible for your personal injuries. If the other car was responsible, that driver's insurance company is likely responsible, and in Portland, Uber/Lyft are required to provide you uninsured /underinsured motorist coverage. You need an experienced Uber accident attorney to help you sort this out.

Do I have to pay you to take my personal injury case?

You don't have to pay my law firm anything until we win your case. At that point, we take a percentage of the amount we win. So you will never come out of pocket to pay my law firm. Many Uber accident attorneys will ask you to front costs. We front all costs.

How long will it take to resolve my Uber/Lyft accident case?

This depends on your case facts, your injuries, recovery time, and what your medical professionals say about your need for future care.

What types of injuries have you handled in Uber/Lyft accidents?

Crashes involving a ridesharing vehicle are no different than any other car crash. We've seen broken bones, spinal injuries, ligament/tendon injuries, closed head injuries like concussions, lacerations, and internal injuries. If you've been in an Uber/Lyft accident, call to discuss your legal options.

I was in an accident involving a rideshare company. I want to bring a personal injury claim against the ridesharing company but not financially harm the driver. Can I do that?

Yes. Uber drivers and Lyft drivers are not personally liable when working in the course and scope of their employment for ridesharing services. They will not have to use their own insurance either because, after an Uber/Lyft accident, the insurance companies for the ridesharing services will be responsible.

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