The advent of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft has been a major event in the world of transportation. Whether it’s in the interest of safety after a night out, for transportation during a vacation, or simply to get to work in the morning, Uber and Lyft have become an integral part of modern society, especially in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana. In fact, the greater New Orleans area ranks 6th in the nation for rideshare driving contractors.
Regardless of who’s doing the driving, accidents can and will happen. It’s important to know where you stand if you’re injured in an accident while a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Louisiana.
Unlike taxi cabs and most personal vehicles, vehicles that are being used for Uber or Lyft have a large amount of insurance covering the occupants of the vehicle for bodily injury and/or medical bills that result from an accident which is the fault of the Uber or Lyft driver. So, what exactly does this mean if you’re involved in a rideshare accident in New Orleans? Uber and Lyft carry $1,000,000 of coverage for bodily injury to a person resulting from an accident while occupying a vehicle being used for Uber or Lyft riding.
But here’s the twist: the fact that Uber or Lyft carries excess liability coverage for its drivers does not mean that getting compensation for your injuries is easy! One argument that Uber and Lyft try to use is that their drivers are independent contractors and, therefore, the company owes nothing to the injured passenger. We do not believe this argument is sound and, regardless of the merits of that argument, there is still the $1,000,000 insurance policy providing coverage for injuries, which primes any coverage or payments by Uber or Lyft.
This is one example of why it’s extremely important to contact an attorney who is well versed in Uber accidents in Louisiana. With quickly growing national companies like Uber and Lyft, you need a lawyer on your side who is an expert and can provide you with personal attention.
To get your rightful compensation, you may need to work with experienced accident attorneys to file a claim against Uber or Lyft. If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver in New Orleans or surrounding areas, we highly recommend working with an experienced legal team to understand your options.
Call Breaux Law Firm now for a FREE consultation to discuss the potential value of your case. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (504) 882-0545 or you can email us at [email protected].