Uber, Lyft, or Other Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Crashes while using Uber, Lyft, or other rideshares

Every day, around 5.4 million Uber drivers provide about 23 million rides in 72 countries around the globe. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have plainly transformed the way we think about transportation and have become significant players in the gig economy. While rides with Uber and Lyft are generally safer than average, there are a number of Michigan laws that govern both no-fault and negligence law if a collision does occur.

Under Michigan’s no-fault law, a passenger who is injured while riding in an Uber looks first to their own car insurance for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits – including payments for medical care, wage loss, in-home nursing care, household services, and survivor’s loss. If the passenger does not have automobile insurance, they can collect these benefits from the insurer of a spouse or relative who lives with them. If there are no such insurance policies, the passenger then looks to the driver’s insurance policy.

How Are You Covered?

Rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors in Michigan, which means that Uber and Lyft are not responsible if a driver negligently causes an accident. Moreover, most normal auto insurance policies will not provide coverage if you are using your vehicle for a rideshare company. Uber and Lyft thus carry insurance on behalf of their drivers, which applies any time they are logged on to the app. For serious injuries caused to a passenger, pedestrian, or someone in another vehicle by a driver’s negligent actions, Michigan requires $1 million in liability coverage that applies during a prearranged ride, and $50,000 in coverage that applies before a ride is accepted.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a rideshare driver or while riding in an Uber or Lyft, contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today. We have experience with these types of claims and know which laws apply to rideshare accidents. We will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery that will aid you in recovering and rebuilding your life.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your Uber or Lyft accident claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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