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Highly Rated Oregon Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Ridesharing services are becoming increasingly popular in Portland and throughout Oregon. Uber and Lyft are the big players. With this popularity, there has been a surge of car crashes that involve Uber and Lyft drivers. People who have suffered significant injuries have often hit a brick wall when seeking compensation for their claims. We can help.

We recommend getting a lawyer in most car accidents when a person is seriously injured. This is even more important when ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are involved. These cases are more difficult because you are going up against huge corporations that will try to deny your claim often by alleging that their driver was not an employee at all. There are multiple layers of insurance that apply depending on if the driver was seeking a fare, had a fare, or not. The insurance companies involved make a habit of being difficult.  Also, depending on where the accident happened, the city regulations that apply to rideshare companies might be different. You need to know if the Uber or Lyft driver was even legally operating.

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Portland Rideshare Regulations

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

I was a passenger in a Lyft or Uber that was involved in a car crash. Who is responsible for my injuries?

That depends on whether one of the driver’s was negligent. If it was the other car, then you would have to deal with their insurance company. If the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault, then you will have a claim against the driver and potentially the rideshare company. The rideshare company insures the driver and generally has high policy limits.  The driver also has their own personal insurance policy, that usually has low limits. Which policy applies generally depends on whether the incident occurred during a fare. These issues can be tricky. You should call for a free consultation so that you understand all of your options.

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