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With new avenues of innovation sometimes come new avenues for injury. At the law office of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., our attorneys provide expert legal counsel throughout Central and Southern Ohio to those who have been seriously injured in a ridesharing accident.
If you have been injured as the result of an accident while you were utilizing a ride sharing service or from a driver of a ridesharing company, our dedicated Columbus rideshare accident lawyers can assist you.
Accidents involving rideshare services are in some ways very similar to the “regular” car accident and in some ways different. There are a number of reasons that car accidents happen even when using a driving service rather than operating the car by yourself. These reasons include:
The largest way that rideshare accident claims differ from regular car accident claims involve the determination of applicable insurance. When it comes to driving for Uber or Lyft, drivers must carry their own personal insurance coverage. However, most personal policies exclude coverage for accidents that result from “commercial activity”, such as pizza delivery, rideshare, or paper delivery. Some states offer rideshare endorsements to extend coverage for such accidents but having such an endorsement is rare. As a result, Uber and Lyft offer additional coverage for drivers for when accidents occur when they are working, which sometimes may apply.
Determining whether the driver’s liability insurance or rideshare company’s liability insurance is primary or secondary coverage, can be dependent upon whether the driver was “within the scope of employment” and working for Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident. This often depends on whether the driver was carrying passengers, dropping off passengers, or on the way to pick up passengers. The same considerations should also be made when deciding as to whether there is applicable underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage through the driver or rideshare company.
In all scenarios, however, the distinction between whether the driver’s personal policy or commercial policy applies will be dependent upon the specific language of the insurance policy. Making such a determination and considering how to pursue a recovery can often be difficult. Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio can assist you in making such considerations.
Skilled Columbus Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys. Our firm has spent years fighting for our clients and consistently achieve success on their behalf. Our firm also has experience working with experts in order to overcome insurance companies’ blame-shifting arguments and refocus your case around who is really at fault. Our manageable case load allows us to focus on our clients’ needs and enables us to work as hard as possible to achieve favorable results.
We provide free consultations and work on contingency fees. We fully understand the financial burdens that can arise from rideshare accident injuries. We offer free consultations and can meet with you at either our downtown Columbus office or our office in Worthington, Ohio. In addition, we also handle rideshare accidents on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee will be a percentage of the overall recovery we are able to help you achieve. If you do not make any recovery, you do not owe us a fee.
Our law firm is award winning. In addition to our earned reputation among clients and colleagues, Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. has been recognized within Ohio Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, and several other prestigious top trial lawyers groups in Ohio and the United States, such as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum.
To discuss your case with a trusted, respected, and experienced rideshare accident injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio, please contact Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. at (614)-221-4035.