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Rideshare Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in an Uber or other rideshare vehicle, an Advocate can help you recover.

A Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case

Any car accident can be an upsetting event, particularly one that you have no control over. Being injured in a crash while in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service will likely leave you feeling angry, confused, and stressed. You may feel unsure of what to do next, or questioning whether your life will ever return to normal.

The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of car accident victims with their recoveries, and we are ready to help you too. We are committed to doing everything in our power to help you obtain a fair settlement for your damages.

If you need a competent, experienced attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.

The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.

Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.

Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.

In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.

When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.

In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.

A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case

For 30 years, the personal injury lawyers with The Advocates have helped victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you. 

We can help you:

  • Understand the claims process
  • Investigate your accident
  • Build your case
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters
  • Understand your medical bills

You only pay if we win your case!


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  • No need to wait for an email response
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Rideshare Accident Statistics


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Where are rideshare accidents most likely to occur?

  • Large cities, where Uber and Lyft services are most common, see the highest rates of accidents involving rideshare vehicles
  • Rideshare services are most used on weekends, during rush hour, and in the evenings
  • Areas around airports and bars, particularly in tourist destinations, have the highest density of rideshare vehicles

United States rideshare accident statistics

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Common causes of rideshare accidents

  • Distracted driving: Because booking and navigating are done through a rideshare app, Uber and Lyft drivers may be more likely to be distracted while driving
  • Fatigue: Lyft and Uber drivers are paid by the number of trips they complete. This may incentivize them to continue working long hours, even if they are tired. This is especially true for drivers who have multiple jobs
  • Aggressive driving: Road rage is a massive problem on US roads. It creates a danger for everyone on the road
  • Speeding: Rideshare drivers may feel pressured to get passengers to their destination on time. This may lead them to drive too quickly for traffic or weather conditions
  • Impaired driving: Car accidents are far more likely to happen when one or more drivers is under the influence
  • Adverse weather conditions: Snow, ice, fog, and high winds can all increase the risk of an accident, particularly if motorists are driving too quickly for the conditions

Common rideshare accident injuries 

Depending on the nature of your accident, car accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common vehicle collision injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Lacerations and bruising
  • Scarring and disfigurement
Common Injuries in Car Accidents

Rideshare Accident FAQs


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What are the required qualifications to be a rideshare driver?

Rideshare drivers are independent contractors who typically work using their personal vehicle. Exact requirements for becoming a rideshare driver vary by state, city, and rideshare platform. In general, potential drivers for Uber or Lyft must:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a background check
  • Upload proof of auto insurance coverage and registration
  • Own or rent a 4-door motor vehicle
  • Be at least 21 years of age (some states have higher age requirements)

In most states, your personal insurance policy must have your name on it. Some states also require potential drivers to have at least one year of driving experience.

Who is liable for my injuries?

The person or entity responsible for covering your damages after a rideshare vehicle accident will depend on the circumstances surrounding the crash. If another driver was at fault, that driver’s auto insurance policy should cover damages. 

If the Uber/Lyft driver was at fault, the driver’s liability insurance will be responsible for damages.

If the driver was on their way to pick up a passenger, or had a passenger in their vehicle at the time of the accident, their insurance is still liable for covering damages up to the policy limit. Once the limit has been reached, however, rideshare insurance will kick in. The rideshare company’s liability coverage will help cover bodily injury, pain and suffering, and other damages for passengers injured in a rideshare vehicle.

Regardless of who was at-fault in your accident, their insurance company isn’t likely to make it easy for you to receive maximum compensation for your damages. An Uber/Lyft accident attorney can help you fight for the settlement you deserve.

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What should I do after a rideshare accident?

After any type of accident, it is important to take the following steps in order to protect yourself and your right to a claim:

  • Check for injuries
  • Call 911 or the local non-emergency line, depending on the severity of the accident
  • File a police report
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the rideshare driver and the driver of the other vehicle
  • Document the scene of the accident with pictures and videos
  • Obtain contact information from witnesses
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Consider contacting a Lyft/Uber accident attorney

How long do I have to file an Uber/Lyft accident claim?

Trying to navigate the legal process alone can be stressful and detrimental to your recovery. An auto accident attorney can help you understand your legal options and next best steps, but it is in your best interest to begin the process as soon as possible. Every state has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. Once the deadline passes, you will lose your right of action.

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What damages can I seek after my rideshare accident?

Every accident is different, and so is every personal injury case. The circumstances surrounding your accident will determine what damages you can seek after your accident. An Uber/Lyft accident lawyer can review your case and help you determine the worth of your case. Some common damages from rideshare accidents include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages, including loss of future earnings
  • Physical and emotional distress
  • Funeral expenses (in the case of wrongful death)

When Should I Hire a Car Accident Attorney?


If you were injured in a car accident in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you will need to gather evidence for your claim, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and possibly take your case to court. The claims process can quickly become long and complex.

The at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely do whatever they can to avoid offering you a fair settlement. They may attempt to diminish the severity of your injuries, or deny liability altogether. When an insurance provider is unwilling to play fair, it can extend the life of your case by months or even years

The Advocates’ auto accident lawyers have decades of experience negotiating with insurance providers and fighting for our clients’ right to fair compensation under the law. We will go up against the at-fault party’s insurance company to get you a fair settlement offer and help you get on the road to recovery.

Your Advocates legal team will be by your side throughout the entirety of your case. Our number one priority is protecting your best interests and helping you have a worry-free recovery. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve an attorney who will fight for you. You deserve an Advocate.

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