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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Mr. Stavley represented a woman who was injured when the rideshare driver began to drive before she was seated in the car, causing the woman to fall and suffer injuries requiring surgery.
Mr. Stavley represented a woman who had her hand injured when a driver for a rideshare company reversed before the woman was entirely in the car. Her hand was pinched between the car door and a telephone pole.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This depends on your case facts, your injuries, recovery time, and what your medical professionals say about your need for future care.
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.
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.
Call us or a send a message to have your case reviewed.