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What Are My Rights If I Am Injured in an Accident with an Uber or Lyft?

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Rideshare Accidents


For about a decade, rideshare companies have been a convenient alternative to taxis in Chicago. Along with convenience, however, comes potential risk as you could be an accident with an Uber or Lyft. If that happens, you may wonder what your rights are.

The best way to find the answer to what your rights are when you’re injured in an accident with a rideshare vehicle is to consult the experienced Lyft and Uber accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Our highly skilled team can review the details of your accident and advise you regarding the compensation you may be owed.

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (312) 236-2900 or using our online form. You’ll never pay a fee unless we win compensation for your injuries.

Understanding Your Rights After a Rideshare Accident

If you’re hurt in an accident involving Uber or Lyft, understand that you have the same right to compensation for your injuries from the party at fault (who was “negligent”) as you would in any other kind of auto accident. Financial responsibility for the injuries typically falls to the insurance company of the at-fault party.

Parties that could potentially bear fault for a rideshare accident include:

Because identifying who is liable, or if more than one party is at fault, is important to your claim, you need to consult with us after you’ve been injured in an auto accident. We’ve handled many rideshare accident cases and know where to look for insurance coverage that can provide the compensation you need for your injuries.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Rights

If you’re in an accident with Uber or Lyft, follow these tips to protect your rights to make a claim for any damages you suffer:

  • Call 911
  • Get driver identification and insurance information
  • Note names and contact info of witnesses
  • Take pictures or video of injuries and any damages to your property
  • Seek medical care
  • Keep good records, including medical and police reports
  • Make sure you keep track of your expenses related to the accident
  • Take contemporary notes about your pain, suffering, therapy, treatments, impact to your family, job, and finances
  • Remember to alert your employer if you need time off for recovery and keep records of lost wages

Remember, too, not to give any statements to the other parties, or their insurance adjusters. Never make light of your injuries to be “polite” – for example, responding “fine, it’s no big deal” when asked how you are. You don’t have to give a detailed medical history in response but be careful about minimizing. Don’t sign anything either, before consulting an attorney. Understand that those at fault are hoping to make the matter go away quickly and cheaply. They don’t have your best interests at heart – no matter how friendly or caring they might sound.

We Can Help if You’re Hurt in a Rideshare Accident

One minute you’re using Uber or Lyft to head cross town to a meeting or out to Happy Hour with friends, and the next you’re injured in an accident. You may not understand your rights and how to seek all the compensation you deserve. That’s where our rideshare attorneys can help. Questions of liability and whose insurance policy applies is best left to us while you concentrate on getting better.

If you’ve been hurt as a passenger in a rideshare, or hit by an Uber or Lyft while driving, walking, or biking, schedule a consultation with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. There’s no cost to you unless we recover. Call (312) 236-2900 or use our online form to make your appointment.

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