UBER PASSENGER ACCIDENT INJURY IN MINNESOTA
With Uber extending its business to Minnesota, we knew that it was only a matter of time before our car accident lawyers would be contacted by people who were hurt in a crash while riding an Uber vehicle. We are now handling several accident cases involving Uber and Lyft cars.
Uber is a modern method of hailing a taxi cab with the use of a Smart Phone. Using an app and your phone’s GPS, you can click and the nearest available Uber driver will quickly come get you and take you to your destination. You can even watch your phone to track the progress of the driver to your location. Unlike the traditional taxi driver who may work for a company that owns a fleet of cars, Uber drivers use their own personal cars to transport passengers. They can work as many or as few hours per days as they want, setting their own schedule by logging into the system when they are ready to work.
So what happens if you are injured riding in an Uber car in Minnesota? Which insurance pays your medical bills and other compensation? The answer depends on a several variables. Uber and Lyft (the company) have their own auto insurance, and the owner and driver of the Lyft or Uber vehicle should have car insurance as well. There may be another driver at fault who caused the collision and the other driver’s insurance may also be responsible for paying for your injuries. Also, if you own a vehicle, your insurance may be responsible for paying some of the benefits you have on your own policy after a collision in an Uber car.
Because Uber and Lyft are new to Minnesota, there are no laws yet that directly address an “Uber” vehicle. This can make some of the insurance issues even more complicated. Therefore, it is important to contact an attorney if you are involved in an Uber accident or Lyft accident to get your questions answered and make sure your rights are being protected.
Our lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience successfully representing people injured in an automobile accident throughout MN. If you have been injured in an auto accident while riding in an Uber car or Lyft car, you are welcome to call our office for more information. A car accident lawyer will provide you with a free consultation at our offices in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park or Woodbury. Our lawyers can also come to your home and meet with you there.