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Cincinnati Rideshare Accident Attorneys

Ridesharing has become increasingly popular in Cincinnati over the past decade. From Northern Kentucky to Dayton, and everywhere in between, an Uber or Lyft is only a screen-tap away. Cincinnati residents use Uber and Lyft to get home after a night out in OTR, to get to and from CVG airport, to avoid FC Cincinnati play at TQL stadium, and in numerous other situations. People visiting Cincinnati can avoid having to rent a car altogether. But this convenience comes with a downside: Uber and Lyft accidents occur regularly in Cincinnati, leaving behind injured passengers faced with a maze of legal, medical and financial challenges.

Are you here because you or a family member was hurt in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft car in Cincinnati? As a passenger, pedestrian, or driver? If so, Ohio law absolutely allows you to take legal action to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. When an individual is injured in a typical car accident, determining who is at fault is generally straightforward. But when the victim is injured in a rideshare accident (i.e., an Uber accident or Lyft accident), identifying who is financially responsible for the resulting medical expenses and other damages is more complex. That’s when you want to call the Cincinnati rideshare accident attorneys at The Durst Law Firm.

How Uber and Lyft Differ from Traditional Taxi Companies

Whereas taxi companies own a fleet of vehicles and employ drivers to operate those company-owned vehicles, Uber and Lyft “contract” with, i.e., hire as independent contractors, individuals who agree to drive their own personal vehicles to transport customers. While the service offered to the customer is similar to that offered by taxi companies, Uber and Lyft seek to operate as platforms that connect individual drivers with customers.

Uber and Lyft primarily have their drivers use their privately-owned personal vehicles rather than company-owned cars. Because rideshare drivers are hired as independent contractors who use their own vehicles, Uber and Lyft typically dispute that they can be held legally liable in the event a driver causes an accident. But the driver himself or herself can be held liable, and both Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with some insurance coverage that applies in the event of an accident.

Statistics on Rideshare Accidents

A new study by the Booth School at the University of Chicago estimates Uber and Lyft have increased traffic deaths by 2-3 percent nationally. That’s as many as 1,100 additional deaths a year — a small, but significant, contribution to the increase in traffic deaths in the U.S. since 2011. It is not known what percentage of the approximately 1,150 fatal accidents (using statistics from 2020) that occur each year in Ohio involve Uber or Lyft vehicles.

Insurance Coverage in Uber and Lyft Accidents

A good Cincinnati personal injury attorney never leaves money on the table that could be used to compensate the client for their injuries. Identifying all applicable insurance coverage is therefore crucial in any Ohio personal injury case, and that is especially in true in cases involving Lyft accidents and Uber accidents. Both Uber and Lyft provides different amounts of insurance coverage to their drivers depending on whether the driver is “Offline or the Driver app is off” (no additional coverage), “Available or waiting for a ride request” ($50,000 bodily injury coverage per person/$100,000 per accident), or “En route to pick up riders and during trips” ($1,000,000 coverage).

In Ohio, Uber also provides essentially the same coverage for delivery drivers, i.e., Uber Eats drivers. As a side note, while not covered here, similar themes apply to accidents caused by “gig worker” drivers working for other food delivery companies, including for Grubhub, Doordash, Seamless, Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods delivery through Amazon, ChowNow, GoPuff, Caviar, Postmates and Delivery.com.

Steps to Take After an Uber or Lyft Accident

If you are involved in a rideshare accident, there are important steps you should take in order to protect your rights in case your injuries turn out to be serious.

1: Call 911

Just like any other accident, you should start by calling 911 and seeking immediate medical attention if necessary. 

2: Save the “Record”

Make sure to save the “record” of the ride that is generated by the Uber or Lyft app, showing the date, time, driver name, etc. Also, take down the names of any witnesses and their contact information.

3: Police Report Number

When the police arrive, ask them for the number of the report that will be generated once they complete their investigation

4: Take Pictures

If possible, you should also take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles involved. Also be sure to document and take pictures and videos of any visible injuries throughout the course of your recovery.

5: Hire an Attorney

And last but not least, hire a Cincinnati rideshare accident attorney as soon as possible.

Our goal is simple:

To be the Best Rideshare Accident Lawyers For You.

The experienced Cincinnati personal injury lawyers at The Durst Law Firm have helped numerous victims of all kinds of transportation accidents, including Uber and Lyft accidents. Check out our client reviews and the results we have achieved.

Our goal is to provide you with the most outstanding legal representation possible, not only by marshaling our considerable experience, dedication, trial lawyering ability, and grit to obtain the highest possible settlement or verdict in your case, but by treating you – and every one of our clients – with dignity, respect and compassion. Let us represent you in your Ohio Uber or Lyft accident case.

Call us today at (513) 621-4999 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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