Charlotte Lyft and Uber Accidents
With the growing popularity of ridesharing, people have found a convenient alternative to driving that is more affordable than taking a taxi and offers the privacy and comfort usually not found in most public transportation. However, like with any mode of transportation, North Carolina motor vehicle accidents do happen.
Led by Charlotte Uber and Lyft accident lawyer Mike Maurer, we at Maurer Law are here to help the injured parties obtain the financial compensation they are owed for the negligent or reckless actions of the rideshare driver. Contact us today.Rideshare Companies Aren’t Necessarily The Liable Party
While the analysis can sometimes be complex, many people don’t realize that Uber, Lyft, or any other ridesharing service may not necessarily be the liable party in a car crash even if it was their driver that caused the injury accident. In North Carolina, rideshare drivers are independent contractors, not employees. This means that the companies that they work for are not considered legally responsible for their actions.
As a matter of fact, Uber and Lyft are known for not having the strictest requirements when it comes to screening potential drivers. In most instances, they require a minimum of just one year of licensed driving experience, and both companies are considered lax when it comes to making sure a rideshare driver’s vehicle is safe for use.
While Lyft and Uber do offer insurance coverage, this only applies from the time a driver accepts a passenger through the company’s app and when that person is dropped off at their stop. Also, the amount of that policy is limited. All of this is why the Lyft or Uber driver must have their own auto insurance policy that offers full comprehensive and collision coverage, as well as coverage for bodily injury and property damage.
In these types of cases, it is important for an attorney to analyze things like:
- Did the accident occur during your ride with the Uber or Lyft driver?
- Were you in your own vehicle and the Uber or Lyft driver wrecked into your vehicle?
- In either case, was the Uber or Lyft driver engaged in furtherance of the ridesharing company’s business at the time of the car wreck?
Because the ridesharing arena is still a relatively young business, this means that a lot has yet to be fleshed out in terms of the legal aspects involving this mode of transportation. This is why it is so important that you hire an experienced Charlotte Lyft and Uber injury law firm to handle your case.A Former Insurance Defense Attorney Standing Up for the Injured
As a former insurance defense attorney, Charlotte Uber and Lyft attorney Mike Maurer is familiar with the many tactics that ridesharing companies and auto insurers will use to try to deny perfectly legitimate North Carolina car accident claims. He knows how to counter such maneuverings and works zealously to help his clients get the financial recovery they are owed for their physical injuries, pain and suffering, medical costs, property damage, lost wages, permanent disabilities, or the wrongful death of a loved one.
Attorney Maurer is also a former police officer and detective. Not only does he know how to thoroughly examine a crash scene, but he always conducts his own investigation to make sure that nothing was missed. In past cases, Maurer Law has recognized errors in police reports based on new evidence discovered and we’ve gotten those mistakes acknowledged and corrected. Over the years, we’ve achieved extraordinary results for many Charlotte car accident victims as a result.Taking The Burden Off You So You Can Focus on Getting Better
With Maurer Law, you can count on personalized attention and the dedication of our time and resources. We always place our clients and their best interests first. If you or someone you love was injured in an auto collision by a rideshare driver who was driving under the influence, speeding, engaged in distracted driving because they were busy checking the Uber/Lyft app when they should have been paying attention to the road, or was negligent in other ways, contact us right away to schedule your free, no obligation case consultation. You can reach us by phone at 704-243-9292.