What is an Uber or Lyft accident?

Uber and Lyft are ride-sharing or ride-hailing companies. A user downloads a company’s app onto their phone to hail a ride from one location to another. Typically, these drivers are considered independent contractors, not working directly for Uber or Lyft, and are using their own private vehicle for transportation. These drivers might be subjected to background checks before being contracted by the ride-sharing company, but they may not be properly trained or vetted for what could be considered commercial driving. As ride-hailing companies become an increasingly popular way of commuting, the higher the potential for injuries to passengers or bystanders. But you still have the right to expect them to make reasonable and responsible decisions, just as you would with any other driver on the road.

Whether you or a loved one were injured as a result of an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing driver, you deserve compensation. James J. Gay Law, LLC will work with you to recover the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, loss of normal life, cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage in a timely manner.

James J. Gay Law, LLC can help if you or a loved one were involved in one of the following types of ride-sharing accidents:

  • Passenger in an accident where the ride-sharing driver is at fault
  • Passenger in an accident where the other driver is at fault
  • Driver or passenger in another vehicle in an accident caused by a ride-sharing driver
  • Bystander injured by a ride-sharing driver

Since ride-sharing drivers typically haven’t been trained, they are susceptible to distractions that other drivers on the road can fall victim to. Here are some common ways ride-sharing drivers can be negligent, or be less than reasonably careful, when driving:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving, including talking on the phone, texting, or using a navigation system
  • Fatigued driving
  • Impaired driving with alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to maintain the vehicle

If you or a loved one have experienced these or other injuries as a result of a ride-sharing accident, call us for an appointment today.

Some injuries that may occur as a result of Uber or Lyft accident are:

  • Minor bumps and bruises
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash or other neck injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Herniated disk
  • Disc bulge
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Psychological injuries
  • Mental distress
  • Wrongful death *

Whether you were a passenger in a ride-hailing vehicle involved in an accident or were hit by a ride-hailing vehicle while driving, biking, or walking, you may be entitled to compensation.

How we can help you with your Uber or Lyft accident case

Ride-sharing accidents can be more complex than other types of auto accidents. Cases depend on whether the ride-hailing driver was “off the clock” (not taking on passengers), awaiting a passenger or new ride, or transporting a passenger. Cases also get complicated when determining which insurance company should be involved, the driver’s insurance company or the company’s. In most cases, the ride-sharing company will try to shift blame solely on the driver, as the driver is technically a contractor and not an outright employee. Luckily, you have a partner in James J. Gay Law, LLC . We’ll deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

We will fight to get you compensation for such things as:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Other expenses associated with recovery
  • Disability and/or disfigurement
  • Loss of normal life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death *


The next step in your Uber or Lyft accident case with James Gay Law

Give us a call today and make an appointment. We’ll take a look at your case and discuss how we can get the help you get back on your feet again with the compensation you need.

Give us a call today 312.800.1970 and make an appointment.

We’ll take a look at your case and discuss how we can get help you get back on your feet again with the compensation you need.

James J. Gay Law fights for individuals who have sustained injuries in a variety of situations. Different degrees of fault can exist and several elements are necessary to prove a case in court and be successful against the wrongdoer or negligent party in a tort action. Also, more than one person or party may be at fault, and responsibility may be apportioned among all of the wrongdoers.

In some instances, the victim may even be partly at fault for the tragedy but that does not necessarily mean the person does not have a right to bring a lawsuit. Consulting with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer such as James J. Gay Law, LLC is important to determine whether or not a particular claim should be brought to court to achieve a fair resolution for an injured person.

Working with an experienced law firm is the only way to recover the damages you or your loved one are owed. Make an appointment with the James J. Gay Law and you’ll receive a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can help you recover both monetary and non-economic damages.