The short answer is YES. In the state of South Carolina, you are able to file a personal injury claim against your rideshare driver if you’re a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and they are at fault in a car wreck. However, these claims can be complex (as outlined below), since there are multiple parties that could be held liable for your injuries and damages sustained during the accident.
If your Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare driver was involved in an accident while you were a passenger in the vehicle, then Don’t Delay Call 843.636.TREY. Give the Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney a call so that we can discuss the specifics of your case and get to work getting you the compensation you deserve!
DETERMINING LIABILITY IN AN UBER OR LYFT CAR ACCIDENT
IF THE UBER OR LYFT DRIVER CAUSED THE ACCIDENT:
If the Uber, Lyft, or rideshare driver was at-fault for the accident, then they can be held liable under South Carolina law. In this case, you may file a lawsuit against the driver. Depending on the driver and the rideshare company’s agreement, you may be able to recover against the Driver’s insurance policy. In addition to the driver’s policy limits, the law in the state of South Carolina requires rideshare companies, like Uber & Lyft, to carry liability insurance of at least $1 million in coverage for passengers who are injured during an auto accident caused by their driver.
IF ANOTHER DRIVER CAUSED THE ACCIDENT:
If another driver caused the accident, then the at fault driver’s insurance policy will typically be the first place we look to recover for your damages. If the at fault driver’s insurance policy does not provide enough insurance coverage, then we will look to the underinsured coverage that either the driver or the rideshare company carries to get you the compensation that you deserve.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT INVOLVING AN UBER OR LYFT?
An Uber Accident Lawyer at the Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney will work with you to recover any damages that you are entitled to recover. Typically, those damages include (but are not limited to):
- Past and future medical expenses: this includes hospital, disability, physical therapy, chiropractic, and other rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages, salary, or income
- Property damage
- Any applicable punitive damages
- Past and future pain and suffering
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I COLLECT?
After an Uber or Lyft accident in which you were a passenger, you should try to collect the following:
- The name of the driver(s) involved.
- The number case number from the law enforcement officer working the accident.
- The insurance information of the at-fault driver.
o It’s useful to collect the insurance information of both/all drivers involved.
- Photos and videos of the accident scene, your injuries, the other vehicle(s) involved, etc.
- Copies of the accident report.
Collecting this information will be useful when submitting your claim. However, just because you unable collect all this information doesn’t mean you can’t call the Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney and have us get you the compensation you deserve…Remember: Don’t Delay Call 843.636.TREY
WHY HIRE AN UBER ACCIDENT LAWYER?
As a passenger in a vehicle driven by an Uber or Lyft Driver, the claim process can be much different than if you were a driver involved in the accident. Thus, it’s extremely beneficial to have an attorney on your side who is understands the specifics of corresponding laws of the State of South Carolina
An experienced personal injury attorney at Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney that can determine exactly who is responsible for your injuries, who understands exactly how find the proper insurance coverage and who knows how to fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your case. Schedule your free consultation with our award-winning local attorney today by calling 843.636.TREY or filling out our online survey.
Disclaimer: Information in this blog is intended for informative purposes only and not legal advice. Please consult with a licensed attorney before you make any decisions on legal matters. Further, viewing of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship with Trey Harrell Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney. Matters will be handled by an attorney who primarily practice out of our office in Charleston County located at 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407. Robert W. “Trey” Harrell, III is the attorney responsible for this posting.