Maine Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys

Fighting for injured rideshare accident victims

Getting in a rideshare vehicle with Uber or Lyft has become common and convenient in today's fast-paced world. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can get a ride to work, school, or anywhere in Maine. However, Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies are not immune to the risk of a car accident.

There are unique challenges that arise in Uber and Lyft accidents, but at Romanow Law Group, we take these challenges head on. Our Maine Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in rideshare accidents navigate the legal complexities and seek the justice they deserve.

Determining fault in rideshare accidents

Determining who is responsible for a rideshare accident is complicated and usually never obvious. Several parties may potentially be held responsible for the accident, depending on the specific circumstances. The following parties can potentially be found liable in Uber and Lyft accidents:

  • Uber or Lyft driver: The driver of the Uber or Lyft vehicle can be held liable for the accident. If the driver's negligence, such as distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence, caused the accident, they may be responsible for the resulting injuries and damages.
  • Other drivers: In some cases, another driver's negligence on the road may contribute to an accident involving the Uber or Lyft vehicle. If a third-party driver's reckless or careless behavior caused the collision, they may share liability for the accident.
  • Other negligent parties: Depending on the circumstances, liability may also fall on a manufacturer of a defective vehicle or a business responsible for maintenance of the road, for example.

Proving liability in an Uber or Lyft accident requires a thorough investigation and gathering of evidence. This may involve examining accident reports, gathering witness statements, reviewing surveillance footage (if available), analyzing driver records, and assessing the extent of damages and injuries. An experienced attorney specializing in Uber and Lyft accidents can help guide you through the legal process and gather the necessary evidence to establish fault.

Can I sue after an Uber or Lyft accident?

If you've been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in Maine, you may wonder if you have the legal right to sue for damages. The answer is generally no – because Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees, you typically sue the driver as an individual rather than the company. However, Uber and Lyft carry insurance that pays for accidents caused by their drivers, depending on the circumstances.

  • If the driver was signed out of the Uber or Lyft app, then their personal insurance coverage applies.
  • If the driver was signed in and awaiting a ride request, the rideshare companies have some supplemental coverage.
  • If the driver had accepted a ride request and was picking up or transporting a passenger, the rideshare company’s full insurance applies.

One second, you're comfortably seated in the back of an Uber or Lyft, eagerly anticipating your arrival at your destination. In an instant, you find yourself amid chaos, injured and confused. You don’t have to face this alone.

If you've been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Maine, the rideshare accident attorneys at Romanow Law Group are ready to help you. We have experience dealing with these types of accidents. We will assess the specific details of your situation, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and, if necessary, pursue a lawsuit to seek fair compensation for your accident-related injuries. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.