Rideshare has transformed the transportation industry, but at what price? The popular services Uber and Lyft have been in the news numerous times for tragic car accidents, sexual assaults by drivers, and other harmful events. Hundreds of app users have pursued compensation through the rideshare companies’ insurance plans and personal injury lawsuits around the country. If you become a victim in a rideshare accident, meet with our Kansas City rideshare accident lawyer at Wendt Law Firm P.C. We have vast experience handling Kansas City car accident claims.
Car accidents are confusing enough without the unique elements that come with rideshare vehicles. Victims may not know what to do or who to call. The driver may refuse to acknowledge his or her fault for the incident or try to persuade you not to report the crash. After a rideshare crash, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from having to pay your damages out of pocket. Here’s what to do in Kansas City:
Uber and Lyft both carry $1 million in damage coverage in case of accidents. In most cases, this insurance will cover your personal injuries. However, it is possible that the company will deny the claim or offer less than your case is worth. If this happens to you, speak to an attorney right away. Our Kansas City team has handled rideshare claims in Kansas and Missouri, and we can help you go up against Uber or Lyft when necessary.
Rideshare drivers in Missouri and Kansas are independent contractors, not employees of Uber or Lyft. Legally speaking, vicarious liability rules would not come into play as they would with other companies and their employees. When a worker is an independent contractor, the employer is not liable for the worker’s on-the-job actions or behaviors. Yet this does not protect Uber and Lyft from liability entirely. You may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the company, the driver, or a third party for maximum compensation. To learn more about these complex cases, contact us for a free consultation.