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Pittsburgh car accident lawyersPittsburgh Rideshare Accident Lawyer: Uber and Lyft Accidents

If you have been injured in an accident as a passenger in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare company, make sure you have an experienced Pittsburgh rideshare lawyer by your side. These accidents are complicated because of varying state laws, and the intricacies of determining which party is at-fault.  

The proliferation of services like Uber and Lyft help us get from point A to point B more efficiently. However, they are also contributing to a growing danger on the roads. According to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “Uber and Lyft are behind a sharp rise in US traffic deaths.” Thousands of passengers are involved in these accidents, resulting in serious injuries, tremendous pain, and astronomical expenses. 

If you have been in such an accident, you should immediately report the incident to Lyft or Uber through their app. Then, your next step should be to hire an expert Pittsburgh rideshare accident lawyer. The rideshare companies will have robust legal teams, and their coverage may apply to the driver as well. An experienced Pittsburgh rideshare injury lawyer can help you navigate building your case so you get the compensation you deserve.

We have won millions of dollars for car accident victims and will be prepared to bring your case to trial if necessary. The consultation is FREE and there’s no fee unless we win your case. 

Pittsburgh rideshare accident attorneysWho is At Fault in Pittsburgh Uber Accident Cases?

Bringing rideshare accidents in Pittsburgh (and across the United States) can be complicated because these crashes are treated differently than an accident with a normal vehicle or traditional commercial vehicle. 

Any Rideshare companies that operate in Pittsburgh, including Uber and Lyft, do offer $1 million in liability insurance. There are limitations to when this coverage applies and who it applies to. It can also vary depending on the unique circumstances of your accident or injuries.

While your injuries will likely be covered by the company insurance policy, the ridesharing company may still fight the claim and try to deny liability. Even if your ridesharing driver is at fault and on duty at the time of your accident. Navigating these kinds of issues is why it’s important to have an experienced Pittsburgh Uber or Lyft accident lawyer. For more than 60 years, Munley Law has obtained the maximum compensation for injured victims in all types of accidents, including car and rideshare accidents.

It’s also important to note that even when a Pittsburgh Rideshare Uber or Lyft driver doesn’t have a passenger, the driver is still considered “on duty.” They are on-duty from the time they accept a ride until they drop their passenger off. This includes the time they are “en route” to pick someone up.

If you were hit by an off-duty Uber or Lyft driver, then you might have to seek compensation from the driver’s personal insurance policy. An expert Pittsburgh rideshare accident attorney at Munley Law will investigate your Uber or Lyft accident. Your lawyer will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Causes of Ride Share Accidents in Pittsburgh

Rideshare drivers for services like Uber and Lyft in Pittsburgh are vetted by driving history background checks. But, they are still prone to the same accident risks as anyone else on the road. These include: 

–       Drowsy driving. Pittsburgh rideshare drivers often work multiple jobs, making them especially prone to driver fatigue. Drowsy driving has been shown to affect alertness and reaction time as much as driving while under the influence of alcohol.

–       Distracted driving. As ridesharing is based on smartphone apps, drivers rely on smartphones for directions, tracking their time on duty, and arranging their next pick-up. This means they are even more likely to be on their phone while driving, which creates an environment ripe for driver distraction.

Pittsburgh Rideshare Driver Standards and Vehicle Requirements

In Pittsburgh, and across the US, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft require their drivers to meet certain standards. Both Uber and Lyft require their drivers:

  •       Meet the minimum age requirement. For Lyft, drivers must be at least 21 years of age; for Uber, drivers must meet or exceed the minimum age for the city in which they work
  •       Have a valid driver’s license
  •       Have at least one year of licensed driving experience (Uber requires three years if the driver is younger than 23)
  •       Provide proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and valid inspection
  •       Pass a safety screening and driving history background check

In addition, vehicles used for Uber and Lyft must meet certain standards. In general, they must be four-door vehicles in good condition, less than 10-15 years old. 

Hire a Pittsburgh Uber accident lawyer at Munley Law

A Munley Law rideshare accident lawyer in Pittsburgh will recover proper compensation for your injuries. You will need an expert car accident lawyer who knows how to fight big companies who use contract drivers. These are complicated issues, and having a Pittsburgh rideshare lawyer fighting your case will ensure you get the compensation you deserve. A Pittsburgh rideshare accident attorney at Munley Law will review the details of your accident, answer your questions, and make sure the appropriate parties are held responsible. Call us today for a free consultation or chat live to a real person now.

 

 

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