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Salt Lake City Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney

Many Americans enjoy the convenience offered by ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. These companies enable good drivers to make extra money by acting as private drivers in their local areas. While ride-sharing companies are a great alternative to standard taxi services and provide easy extra cash for drivers, it’s vital to know what to in the event of an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver.

A Salt Lake City Car Accident Lawyer at Fielding Law team has experience handling even the most complicated personal injury claims, and we understand that accidents involving Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing services can be complicated affairs. We want Salt Lake City ride-sharing drivers and passengers to understand their rights and options for legal recourse after damaging accidents.

Proving Negligence and Securing Compensation

If an injured person needs to file a personal injury lawsuit, he or she will need to prove the responsible party was negligent and that negligence directly caused the accident in question. Proving negligence requires establishing four facts in court:

  • Duty. Every driver has a legal duty to act with reasonable care on the road. This means adhering to posted traffic signs and following all applicable traffic laws in the area. The plaintiff must prove the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care at the time of the accident.
  • Breach. Next the plaintiff will have to show how the defendant breached this duty. An example may be failing to stop for a red light.
  • Causation. The plaintiff must prove his or her damages resulted from the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause.
  • Actual harm. The plaintiff only has a claim if he or she suffered a measurable injury or economic loss.

The right attorney can help injured drivers and passengers in Salt Lake City handle their first-party insurance claims as well as additional claims and personal injury lawsuits against negligent drivers. Reach out to Salt Lake City Personal Injury Attorneys at Fielding Law to start building a case. We offer free consultations and direct access to an attorney. We’ll meet to discuss the details of your case and let you know what to expect from the claims process.

Who Is Liable for a Ride-Share Accident?

Ride-sharing apps are a relatively new type of business and have been the source of a great deal of contention when it comes to injury claims after accidents with ride-sharing drivers. Several recent cases have spurred lawmakers to enact policies that ensure ride-sharing companies absorb an acceptable level of liability for accidents their drivers cause. Uber and Lyft previously considered their drivers as independent contractors who were liable for the damage they cause while ferrying passengers to their destinations. An injured plaintiff would have to sue the Uber or Lyft driver for compensation after an accident.

Now, Utah state law requires Uber and Lyft to carry insurance policies that cover up to $1 million in damages for accidents caused by their drivers. These companies require their drivers to maintain their own insurance policies and may deny liability for accidents under some conditions.

For example, Uber or Lyft would likely deny liability for an accident a driver causes while off-duty or while they do not have a passenger in the vehicle. If an injured plaintiff cannot secure compensation through a ride-sharing company’s insurance policy, he or she will have to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence in a personal injury claim.