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Rideshare drivers are just as likely to crash

Drivers for Uber and Lyft do not face much scrutiny from the companies they drive for. To become an Uber or Lyft driver in Spokane, one only needs to have a valid driver’s license, be 21 years of age, and get the vehicle inspected and approved. These drivers have no particular specialty training. In short, an Uber or Lyft driver is just as likely to cause a crash as any other driver on the roadway.

According to the Washington Department of Transportation, we know that there were nearly 4,400 total crashes within the city limits of Spokane during the latest reporting year of data available. Out of these incidents, they were more than 1,500 injury crashes reported.

Uber and Lyft insurance is confusing

The most complicated part of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle is dealing with insurance in the aftermath of the incident. Both companies handle accidents on a tiered basis concerning insurance.

  • If an Uber or Lyft driver causes a crash when they are not signed into the app to work, they are considered off duty and their personal insurance carrier may \be responsible for any expenses.
  • If an Uber or Lyft driver causes a crash when they are signed into the app to work, but they do not yet have a passenger, then their personal insurance carrier is still going to be primarily responsible for any expenses. However, Uber and Lyft will both provide supplemental coverage in the event the claim is denied or coverage limits are exhausted.
  • If an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in an accident when they have a passenger or on the way to pick one up, then both companies have a $1 million liability insurance policy designed to cover every party involved.

Let us help you – call for a free consultation

If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Spokane, contact the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC for help with your case immediately. Our attorneys understand that these cases can become complicated, but we will not rest until you secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include:

  • Cover your medical bills
  • Lost wages if you cannot work
  • Any out-of-pocket expenses you incur
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages

When you need a Spokane personal injury lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

Rideshare services have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Both Uber and Lyft provide tremendous value and convenience to residents and visitors to Spokane. However, if you or somebody you care about is injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle, contact the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC for help today. We understand the complexity of rideshare accidents, and we will work to secure any compensation you are entitled to. Our Spokane Uber and Lyft accident attorneys are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or rideshare companies.

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Date published: 2023-12-15
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