Attorneys Fighting For Uber And Lyft Accident Victims Across Michigan
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to traditional taxis and buses. Their popularity has soared in Michigan over the past several years. While rideshare services offer a convenient and relatively inexpensive ride, however, using these services comes with some hidden risks. After a rideshare accident, victims often find themselves facing an uphill battle to obtain the compensation they are entitled to.
If you were injured in an auto accident with an on-duty rideshare driver or as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, contact our skilled attorneys at Bahrie Law, PLLC. Our firm has been fighting for personal injury victims for over 40 years. We understand the complex regulations and insurance structures governing rideshare services, and we will work tirelessly to help you maximize your compensation.
Insurance Coverage Can Be Complicated And Ever-Changing
Because Michigan is a no-fault state, you will always be able to file a claim with your own policy after a rideshare accident. If your injuries and damages exceed policy limits, however, you’ll need to seek additional compensation from other insurers, and that’s where things become complicated.
Rideshare companies require drivers to independently insure their vehicles, but some personal auto policies specifically prohibit using the vehicle for commercial purposes (like ridesharing). Therefore, the rideshare driver’s insurer could deny coverage entirely.
Uber and Lyft both offer supplemental coverage, but this coverage changes based on the status of the driver. Here are the three basic coverage periods:
- Driver is on duty (signed into the app) and waiting for a ride request
- A ride request has been accepted and the driver is on the way to pick up the passenger
- The driver has picked up and is transporting the passenger
Coverage is highest for drivers carrying passengers. For instance, Uber offers up to $1 million in coverage when a rider is in the vehicle. If you were injured as a passenger, your potential financial recovery is very high. That being said, insurers are still likely to contest any claim or attempt to settle it for far less than what you need and deserve. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims. We will work just as hard for you.
Contact Us Today For A Free Initial Consultation
With offices in Lansing and Metro Detroit, Bahrie Law, PLLC, serves clients throughout Michigan. In personal injury matters, we offer free initial consultations and take all cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no fees until we help you recover compensation.