Uber & Lyft Accidents in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers

Skilled trial advocacy for Pittsburgh rideshare accident victims

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Residents and visitors to Pittsburgh use Uber and Lyft rideshare services to visit our many great schools (Go Dukes!), healthcare centers, and technology centers. Many residents use Uber of Lyft for work, or to stay safe after a night on the town. Rideshare services help residents make extra money while providing riders an ability to conveniently reserve their rides. There are dangers though. Many Uber and Lyft drivers drive while distracted for fatigued. Many drivers speed so they can pick up more passengers.

At Carmody and Ging, Injury & Accident Lawyers, our Pittsburgh Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are seasoned personal injury lawyers. We have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts worth millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars. We work with investigators and others to prove a driver was negligent. We demand compensation for all your financial and economic losses. We understand what insurance an Uber or Lyft driver is required to have when they’re looking for rides and when they have a passenger in their car. Our trial lawyers have the experience and resources to help drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders who are injured in a rideshare accident anywhere in Western Pennsylvania.

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What types of Uber and Lyft accidents do you handle?

Carmody and Ging represents the victims of all types of Uber and Lyft accidents. These include:

  • Head-on accidents
  • Broadside accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Multi-vehicle collisions
  • Single-vehicle crashes
  • Defective car parts accidents
  • Accidents involving passengers entering and exiting an Uber or Lyft vehicle
  • Any other type of car accident

Why do Uber and Lyft accidents happen in Pittsburgh?

Our Pittsburgh Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are skilled at showing why rideshare accidents happen and who is responsible. Many Uber and Lyft accidents happen because the driver is focused on the next ride and not the current ride. Common cause of rideshare accident include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding and other traffic violations
  • Driving too fast for traffic conditions
  • Driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Driving when the driver is not familiar with the local Pittsburgh roads

Uber and Lyft drivers are often looking at their smartphone or their GPS instead of looking at the traffic around them, especially when they’re faced with heavy traffic (or new to the job).

What types of injuries result from an Uber or Lyft accident in Pittsburgh?

At Carmody and Ging, our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers represent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders who suffer catastrophic or severe injuries. Many accident victims require surgery. Most require physical therapy and other types of therapy.

Our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers represent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders who suffer:

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We work with your doctors and our network of doctors to verify your diagnosis, understand all the medical care you will need, and appreciate all the ways your injuries have changed your life.

Who may be liable for a Pittsburgh Uber or Lyft accident?

In Pennsylvania, we file claims against all responsible defendants. The defendants may include the Uber or Lyft driver, another driver, a manufacturer of defective car parts, and other defendants such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

What is the value of my Pittsburgh rideshare accident?

Uber and Lyft vehicles are commercial vehicles so passengers in an Uber vehicle and pedestrians can generally file a claim for all their damages.

Damages in an Uber or Lyft accident case include all your current and future:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income including a permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

The complicated issue is how insurance works in your claim. Pennsylvania provides that Uber and Lyft carriers are classified as transportation network companies. Pennsylvania law requires that the drivers for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft have the following insurance coverage.

  • If the driver is not engaged in a prearranged ride, the driver must have:
    • Bodily injury and death coverage per person. $50,000.
    • Bodily injury and death coverage per accident. $100,000.
    • Property damage. $25,000.
    • First party benefits. This insurance should cover passengers and pedestrians.
  • The driver is engaged in a prearranged ride, the driver must have:
    •  Bodily injury, death coverage, and property damage. Total coverage of $500,000.
    • First party benefits. This insurance should cover the driver (up to $5,000) and
      pedestrians (up to $25,000).

However, Uber and Lyft also provide coverage for when their drivers are on the clock, en route to picking up a fare, or driving with a paying passenger.

If the driver is on the clock but does not have a passenger, both companies provide:

1. Up to $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person
2. Up to $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accidents
3. Up to $25,000 in property damage

If the driver is on their way to getting a fare or is already transporting someone in the vehicle, both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1,000,000 in coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and UM/UIM coverage.

Either the driver or the transportation network company (Uber or Lyft) must provide the full coverage. A combination of policies may also suffice. Uber and Lyft have a duty to ensure that their driver has the proper insurance before the driver accepts any rides.

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Do you have an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer near me?

Carmody and Ging’s office is located at 801 Vinial Street in Pittsburgh, on the 3rd floor of the Deutschtown Center building. Our office is right across the street from Penn Brewery. Parking is available onsite. If you need to, you can take the bus to the Troy Hill Road. We’re just around the corner.

Our lawyers do make other arrangements when necessary, like setting up a video conference or coming to see you in the hospital or rehab facility.

We understand that you are confused. Does your Uber or Lyft case differ from other car accident claims? What’s similar? What’s not? Rest assured we can answer these questions. We’ll guide you through the litigation process.

Experienced help for Pittsburgh Uber and Lyft accident victims

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When you don’t arrive at destination safely because an Uber or Lyft driver was negligent, our car accident lawyers are ready to help. Carmody and Ging is a local firm with deep ties to our community. Our goal is to help you obtain the compensation you deserve so you can resume your life. To schedule a free consultation with a respected Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer, please call 412.281.2929 or complete our contact form. Caring representation for injury victims and families in Allegheny County

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