How to Sue After a Rideshare Accident in Boston
The popularity of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft continue to grow throughout the years, especially in Boston where having a car can be more of a burden than anything else. But, what happens when you suffer severe injuries in a collision with one of these rideshare affiliates? Who is held accountable? Continue reading to learn more about how to sue after a rideshare accident in Boston.
Understanding Liability in a Rideshare Accident
Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million auto-insurance policies that may be enough to cover your losses. However, what you may not know, is that both companies will only be liable for your losses under certain conditions.
The most important being that their drivers must be in driver mode. They can be waiting to pick up a passenger or en route to their destination, but they must be actively working for the rideshare service. If the driver is not in driver mode or is not acting as a rideshare affiliate at the time of the accident, the service is not going to be deemed liable for any injuries or damage sustained.
What to Do If the Company Won’t Pay
If you are unable to file a claim with Uber or Lyft, you aren’t without legal options. The driver of the vehicle should have auto insurance, as required by both the state and the rideshare service they work for.
You can file a claim with the insurance company to recover costs for vehicle repairs, medical expenses, and lost income, but your other losses will need to be sought in a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a Boston Rideshare Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft wreck and are unsure of what your next steps should be, reach out to a qualified Boston car accident lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. You can schedule a free claim evaluation by calling our office at 617-742-1170 or fill out the quick contact form we have provided below.