Can I file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft after my accident?

Ride-share drivers are classified as independent contractors rather than employees. As a result, Uber or Lyft may deny liability when their drivers are involved in accidents. Courts have ruled that ride-share companies are generally not responsible for the negligent actions of their drivers beyond the insurance policies they provide.

Although you may not be able to sue Uber or Lyft directly, it is still possible to obtain compensation. The driver’s insurance policies will usually cover injuries and damage for any accidents involving Uber or Lyft vehicles. If a lawsuit becomes necessary, the driver at fault would be sued rather than the ride-share company.

There are limited circumstances in which Uber or Lyft may be sued directly. For example, if the ride-share company failed to conduct an adequate background check on a driver before hiring them, it could be grounds for a case.

Car accidents involving ride-share vehicles are different from regular crashes. It is best to contact an experienced Uber/Lyft accident attorney to learn more about what legal options are available in your particular case.

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