Wisconsin Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Our firm protects the rights of victims involved in Uber and Lyft collisions.

Rideshare services are becoming increasingly popular and accessible. Unfortunately, this also means that rideshare accidents are becoming more prevalent.

Mahony Law has experience handling rideshare cases and knows how Uber and Lyft will attempt to defend your case and minimize their true involvement. Contact a Lyft or Uber accident attorney if you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident.

Common Causes of Uber & Lyft Accidents

  • Distracted or reckless driving
  • Aggressive or unsafe driver behavior
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Subpar vehicle maintenance
  • Speeding

How Rideshare Accident Claims Work in Wisconsin

As the popularity of Uber and Lyft continues to grow, there are more and more rideshare vehicles on our roadways each year. Predictably, there is also a growing number of car accidents involving rideshare vehicles. If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may have a claim against the driver’s personal auto insurance company.

Some drivers even have personal rideshare policies. Whether or not you also have a claim against Uber or Lyft, however, often depends on the status of the rideshare driver at the time of the accident.

If the rideshare driver is offline, meaning that the driver is not logged into the Uber or Lyft account at the time of the accident, then you likely do not have a viable claim against the rideshare company. You would still be able to investigate the at-fault driver’s personal or other available coverage.

If the rideshare driver is online and available to receive passenger requests, then both Uber and Lyft each provide $50,000 in bodily injury coverage.

If the rideshare driver is online and picking up or transporting a passenger, however, both Uber and Lyft provide a primary policy of $1 million in bodily injury coverage.

Rideshare cases are factually specific and to determine whether or not you have a claim against the driver, or the driver and Uber or Lyft, you should speak with a lawyer experienced in these issues.

It doesn’t matter how the accident occurred – if you were a passenger in a rideshare vehicle or another person on or near the roadway – Wisconsin state law gives you the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our Lyft and Uber accident attorneys have handled a wide range of rideshare cases, involving:

Unsafe Driver Behavior

When you request a ride through Uber or Lyft, you expect that the drivers have been vetted by the companies and can be trusted to safely transport you and your loved ones. In some cases, though, we discover that the rideshare driver has a history of complaints concerning unsafe driving and Uber or Lyft’s failure to appropriately respond.

Unsafe behavior is a leading cause of rideshare accidents and can take the form or speeding, improper lane usage, aggressive driving, tailgating, and illegal passing. Of course, there are endless ways in which a driver’s behavior can influence a collision, including fatigue, distraction, and cell phone usage.

That’s why it’s important to contact an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer immediately, so important details can be memorialized and preserved.

Navigation Complications

For new rideshare drivers especially, Uber and Lyft rides can lead drivers to new and unfamiliar areas. If a rideshare driver is lost or has difficulty navigating through their surroundings, they can become distracted or fail to pay close attention to road signs, warnings, or the need for sudden stopping or evasive actions.

What an Uber or Lyft Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you have enough to worry about. Allow our experienced legal team to investigate and build your case while you focus on your recovery. We will interview key witnesses, collect physical and electronic evidence, preserve any video or surveillance footage, and coordinate with investigators to protect your legal rights, while you and your family focus on your health.

At Mahony Law, we build winning cases for our clients by:

  • Carefully investigating the circumstances of the accident
  • Consulting with liability, medical, and forensic experts
  • Gathering evidence and interviewing eye-witnesses
  • Researching insurance policies
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
    Representing your interests in court

Why Hire an Experienced Rideshare Accident Lawyer?

Car accidents can result in permanent and life-altering consequences. When you’re a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, you’re entrusting them with your, and your family’s, well-being. If the driver fails to act safely, and you’re injured, you may be entitled to compensation.

An experienced Lyft or Uber car accident lawyer will know exactly how to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. The Mahony Law team has handled many of these cases, and we can anticipate the defenses that Uber and Lyft will employ to fight your case. We also know how Uber and Lyft will attempt to limit your damages for claims such as:

  • Past medical and hospital bills
  • Future necessary medical treatment
  • Punitive damages
  • Lost income or benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Permanent restrictions or limitations

Start the Path to Earning Justice

Getting in touch with our experienced personal injury attorneys is the most important step in the process. Call today for a free consultation.

    Wisconsin Rideshare Accident FAQs

    Begin by reporting the incident to the police, your insurance company, and the rideshare app you used. The Uber and Lyft apps both have places for clients to report accidents. Also, if you are or suspect you may be injured, you need to be seen and examined by a healthcare professional promptly. It’s important for a healthcare professional to document your condition in relation to the accident and any potentially significant issues that may need to be monitored. Once you have made your reports, prepare to receive phone calls from the ridesharing company and their insurance company. Know that you are not under any obligation to speak to them. In fact, once you are represented by an Uber or Lyft accident lawyer, investigators must go through your lawyer and stop contacting you directly.
    If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you may have a claim against the driver and his or her insurance company. Many drivers even have personal rideshare insurance policies. Whether or not you have a claim against Uber or Lyft directly, however, depends on the status of the driver at the time of your accident and whether or not the driver is logged in and “online.” These cases are fact specific and may require an in-depth investigation by an experienced attorney.
    If you have been injured by a rideshare vehicle, you may have a claim against the driver, rideshare company, and any third parties who may also be culpable. Typically, the insurance companies for these potential defendants fund any settlement or judgment, not the parties personally. Of course, each case is different, so it’s difficult to say with certainty who could fund your recovery. To learn more, speak with a Kenosha Lyft or Uber accident attorney today.
    All drivers are required to have insurance under state law. They are required to be covered under an auto liability insurance policy that meets their state's minimum requirements. If the Uber or Lyft driver has accepted a ride, and until the ride is completed, Uber and Lyft also provide an additional policy with maximum coverage limits of $1 million for bodily injuries.