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Uber & Lyft Accidents in Michigan

With more and more people relying on rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, every year, the chances of being involved in an accident with a rideshare vehicle have dramatically increased. In fact, an often-cited study from the University of Chicago and Rice University found that the introduction of rideshare apps is correlated with a 2 to 3 percent increase in overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. since 2011.

In its most recent safety report, Uber found that 0.1 percent of all trips resulted in a safety concern and 0.0003 percent involved critical safety incident reports. Lyft’s recent safety reports have similar findings; about 0.0002 percent of all trips between the years 2017 and 2019 resulted in a safety incident. While these numbers may seem small, we believe that even one rideshare accident is too many.

If you were involved in an accident with an Uber, a Lyft, or another rideshare vehicle, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Reach out to our Pontiac rideshare accident attorneys at Bashore Green Law Group today to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Call (248) 487-1887 or submit a free online case evaluation form today.

Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?

Although Michigan is a no-fault car insurance state, meaning you will most likely file a claim with your own insurance provider after a car accident regardless of fault, liability may be an important issue in your rideshare accident claim. If you suffered severe disfigurement, permanent disability, or significant impairment of an important bodily function, you could have grounds to go outside the state’s no-fault system and bring a claim or lawsuit directly against the at-fault party.

Liability in a rideshare accident depends on many factors. For example, the following parties may be liable in the specified circumstances:

  • The rideshare driver, when the injured party was the occupant of another vehicle, a pedestrian, or bicyclist
  • The rideshare company (e.g., Uber or Lyft), when the injured party was a passenger of the rideshare vehicle
  • A manufacturer, construction company, engineer, or municipal entity, when the accident resulted from an auto defect or defective roadway
  • Another motorist, when the accident was caused by someone else who was being negligent or acting wrongfully behind the wheel

Our Pontiac Uber and Lyft accident attorneys have an in-depth understanding of the law and how liability may apply in your case. We encourage you to reach out to Bashore Green Law Group today to learn how we can help with your claim during a complimentary case review.

Will Uber or Lyft Pay for Damages After an Accident?

In some cases, Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies can be held liable for injured victims’ damages, as well as losses experienced by surviving family members of those tragically killed in rideshare accidents.

Generally speaking, both Uber and Lyft recognize three “driving periods” in which accident victims are covered under the companies’ insurance policies:

  • Period 1: The rideshare driver has the app turned on and is awaiting a ride request but has not yet accepted a ride request from a passenger
  • Period 2: The rideshare driver has accepted a ride request and is on the way to pick up the passenger but does not yet have the passenger in the vehicle
  • Period 3: The rideshare driver has a passenger in the vehicle and is actively transporting them to their destination

When accidents occur during any of these driving periods, Uber and Lyft may pay damages to injured victims, regardless of whether those victims were rideshare passengers, occupants of other vehicles, or pedestrians/bicyclists involved in the crash.

Why Hire a Rideshare Accident Attorney?

Rideshare accident claims in Michigan are very complex; it is important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling these types of cases—like those at Bashore Green Law Group. Our team understands the ins and outs of the law, as well as the tactics rideshare companies and their insurance providers will use to dispute or deny claims. Most importantly, we know how to fight back, and we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you.

Our Pontiac rideshare accident lawyers offer compassionate and personalized client service from start to finish. We know that this is a very challenging time in your life, which is why we are tireless in our pursuit of maximum compensation on your behalf. Our goal is to recover every penny you are owed so that you can get back on your feet and move forward from the accident. With our team by your side, you can focus on healing while we handle the various legal details of your case.

You Pay Nothing Unless We Win

Bashore Green Law Group offers contingency fees, meaning you do not pay anything upfront or out-of-pocket when you work with our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you. Once we have successfully secured compensation on your behalf, our legal fees are paid via a percentage of your total recovery.

We can discuss our fee arrangements—as well as any other aspect of our legal services or your case—during a free, no-obligation consultation. We encourage you to reach out to us right away, as you only have a limited time to file an insurance claim or lawsuit after a rideshare accident in Michigan.

Call (248) 487-1887 or contact us online today to set up a complimentary case evaluation with a member of our legal team.

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