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Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Washington DC

Pursuing Uber & Lyft Accident Claims in Virginia, Maryland, and DC

Although ridesharing service apps are still relatively new to consumers, Uber and Lyft drivers are now everywhere you look in Washington DC. If you’ve sustained serious or life-altering, catastrophic injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be unsure where you should turn for compensation and assistance.

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our personal injury attorneys are on a mission to help our clients recover when negligence disrupts their lives and livelihoods. With multiple members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Washington, DC Super Lawyers® selectees at our award-winning law firm, you can trust that we will help you explore all your legal options and seek to maximize your compensation.

For more information on our legal services, contact us at (202) 888-0872 or message us online.

What Makes Rideshare Accidents So Complex?

There is no such thing as a “simple” car accident, but Uber and Lyft accidents tend to present additional challenges that may not be present in traditional motor vehicle accident cases. This is due to the ridesharing business model: Although companies like Uber and Lyft insure their drivers up to $1 million, this accident coverage depends on the driver’s status and does not apply in many circumstances.

To make matters more complicated, ridesharing companies classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. This may allow Uber and Lyft to deny liability for accidents, which can significantly reduce the amount of compensation available to you after a crash.

Because of these complexities, many parties may be involved in an Uber or Lyft claim:

  • Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists
  • The insurance provider for Uber/Lyft
  • Other drivers on the road
  • The Uber/Lyft driver’s personal insurance provider
  • Your insurance provider

To maximize your compensation, your attorney will need to have a clear understanding of the laws governing rideshare accidents in your state. Your lawyer will also need to facilitate an in-depth crash investigation and determine the Uber or Lyft driver’s exact status at the time of the accident.

Next Steps after a Rideshare Accident

After a serious car crash, you may be dealing with serious or catastrophic injuries, missing work, and facing mounting medical bills. When you factor in the emotional trauma of an accident, these changes may seem impossible to overcome.

However, it’s important to speak with an experienced rideshare attorney as soon as possible after your accident. In addition to negotiating with insurance providers to obtain a good settlement without a lawsuit, a qualified lawyer can advocate on your behalf if a civil lawsuit is necessary and take your case to trial if needed. It’s also crucial that you avoid speaking with representatives for Uber and Lyft until you have sought legal counsel, as anything you share may be used against you in insurance negotiations.

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, our Washington DC accident lawyers can help you file a claim involving an Uber or Lyft. Call (202) 888-0872 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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