In recent years, the use of ride-sharing apps Lyft and Uber have exploded in popularity in Portland. Many view this addition to our city as a positive one. A study by the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine found that DUIs dropped by almost 60% in four cities in the US, including Portland. However, the proliferation of these ride-sharing services raises some new questions. If a passenger is injured in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, who is responsible? How can the victim obtain compensation for his or her injuries? If you've been injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, meet with an experienced Portland personal injury attorney to make sure that your rights are protected.
Portland Car Accidents with an Uber / Lyft Driver
Many Uber and Lyft drivers put in significant hours behind the wheel. Additionally, many drivers monitor incoming requests on smartphones while driving. There is the potential for a distracted Uber or Lyft driver to cause an auto accident that might injure not only his or her paying passenger, but also drivers and passengers in other vehicles.
Who will be liable for costs such as medical bills and property damage in such an accident? The answer could be quite complex, and will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. The status of the driver during the collision would dictate which insurance policy would govern the situation; a driver might be off-duty and therefore under his or her personal insurance policy, or actively driving for the ride-sharing company, bringing the corporate insurance policy into play.
Uber and Lyft are large corporations with vast resources. As in any auto accidents, the insurance companies representing these entities are seeking to minimize any possible payout. Enthusiastic adjusters may attempt to convince you to sign a settlement agreement before you have a complete understanding of your injuries and the costs which may be associated with recovery. Lisa R.J. Porter at JP Law, PC. began her legal career as an investigator for an insurance defense firm. This experience gave her detailed knowledge about the auto insurance claims process. She has used this knowledge to represent auto accident victims for over a decade.
Portland Auto Accident Attorney
If you've been injured in an auto accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, make sure you protect your right to compensation. Schedule an initial consultation by calling our office at 503-245-6309. All communications from potential clients with our firm remain confidential. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless we secure a settlement or win your case