The advent of UBER, LYFT, and other ride sharing services has been a major event in the world of transportation. It seems difficult to find a person of any age that has not, at least, heard of UBER or LYFT. 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 in 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 is important to know where you stand if you are 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 coverage 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 are involved in a rideshare accident in New Orleans? UBER and LYFT carry $1,000,000.00 of coverage for bodily injury to a person resulting from an accident while occupying a vehicle being used for UBER or LYFT riding.
Here’s the twist – The fact that Uber carries excess liability coverage for its drivers does not mean, however, 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, UBER or LYFT 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 $1,000,000.00 INSURANCE POLICY providing coverage for injuries and that insurance coverage primes any coverage or payments by UBER or LYFT.
This is one example of why it is 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 have been involved in an accident with an UBER or LYFT driver in New Orleans or surrounding areas, work with an experienced legal team to understand your options.
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