Anchorage Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Fighting for Victims of Uber & Lyft Accidents
Have you or a loved one been injured in a rideshare accident? As ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft grow in popularity, so do the rate of accidents involving such vehicles. Ridesharing accident claims can be complex, as they involve not only the motorists involved in the crash, but also companies like Lyft and Uber.
Whether you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle as a passenger, driver of another motor vehicle, cyclist, or pedestrian, you deserve to be fairly compensated for any injuries you sustained at no fault of your own. The Anchorage rideshare accident attorney at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden can help you file your claim and build you a case that will set you up for the just compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Ridesharing Accidents
According to a 2019 survey by DriversEd.com, 553 adults across the U.S. reported that they have ridden in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare vehicle in which the driver was:
- Accepting inappropriately (13%)
- Checking social media on their phone (16%)
- Driving recklessly (35%)
- Exhibiting road rage (15%)
- Potentially driving under the influencer of alcohol or drugs (12%)
- Texting while driving (29%)
- Watching a video on their phone (8%)
However, rideshare accidents aren’t always the fault of the rideshare driver. You may be a passenger in a rideshare when another vehicle strikes yours, for instance. Our Anchorage rideshare accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your crash to determine which party or parties are legally liable.
How Rideshare Accident Claims Work
Unlike a typical car accident claim in which only the motorists driving the vehicles involved are part of settlement negotiations, rideshare accident claims are complicated by the fact that one of the drivers involved is working at the time of the crash.
To further complicate matters, companies like Uber and Lyft relentlessly lobby to keep their driver labeled as “independent contractors” rather than full or part time employees, meaning that they can escape liability in many cases. However, Lyft and Uber do offer insurance policies to cover those injured in accidents involving their drivers in certain circumstances.
Uber and Lyft will provide compensation based on the circumstances the driver is operating under, also known as “periods”:
- Period 0: A rideshare driver is operating their vehicle, but they are not currently accepting rides through the app (e.g., they are “off the clock”). Uber and Lyft offer no coverage during this period.
- Period 1: The Uber or Lyft app is on, but the driver has yet to accept a request from a passenger. If injured during this period, the rideshare companies will provide up to $50,000 bodily injury per person, $100,000 bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 property damage coverage per accident.
- Period 2: When the app is on and the driver is on their way to pick up a passenger, Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million in liability coverage per accident.
- Period 3: When the app is on, a passenger is in the vehicle, and their ride has started, Uber and Lyft will provide the same amount of coverage as Period 2 if there is an accident.
Why File a Rideshare Accident Claim with an Attorney
Though working with an attorney is not mandatory when filing a claim, there are numerous benefits to having an experienced rideshare accident lawyer by your side. For instance, a lawyer can accurately calculate how much compensation you are owed, navigate the complexities of the rideshare insurance system, and build a claim that will set you up for the best possible recovery.
Victims want to help make a difference in the lives of others. They want to try to ensure that no one else has to suffer the same pain they have, and often a legal case can help deter negligent parties from future bad behavior. In addition, many accident victims experience serious injuries. They face lengthy recoveries, physical and emotional pain, and financial strain due to missed work.
With the help of an experienced attorney, victims may be able to receive compensation to ensure their continued success and financial stability, including reimbursement for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Future lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
How Our Rideshare Accident Attorney in Anchorage, Alaska Can Help
When you call the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, you can expect to deal directly with Ben. A committed and compassionate lawyer, Ben focuses strongly on his clients’ needs. He is here to tell your story and help you make sure that the legal system hears your voice. From the first phone call, he can help offer you the information and encouragement you need to move forward.
You can expect:
- An initial phone consultation to discuss your unique story.
- A free, no-obligation case review.
- Reliable and prompt communication.
- In-depth knowledge of personal injury law.
- Years of big-firm experience with small-firm personal attention.
- Relentless work to obtain the best possible result, including trial work if necessary.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a rideshare accident in Alaska, please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss your legal rights and options. You’ll find an experienced and dedicated attorney waiting to help you and your family pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
You Need an Attorney
Since your settlement range generally relies upon your medical condition, an experienced attorney will likely consider the extent and permanency of your injuries, the impact of those injuries on your life, and the amount and duration of any medical treatments that are required. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation necessary for you to make your best possible recovery.
To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.