What Happens if Your Uber/Lyft Is in an Accident?

Ride-sharing services like Uber/Lyft have become an integral part of daily life in Minneapolis, providing a convenient mode of transportation. However, the increase in Uber/Lyft rides also means a higher likelihood of being involved in an accident. If you are a passenger in an Uber/Lyft accident, it’s essential to know the appropriate actions to take and understand your legal rights. Butwinick Injury Law is here to help you navigate this situation and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Immediate Actions After an Uber/Lyft Accident

Prioritize Safety and Check for Injurieslegal rights

  • The first step is to ensure your safety and check if anyone is injured. If there are any injuries, call 911 immediately for medical assistance.

Report the Incident

  • Contact the police to report the accident, ensuring an official police report is created.
  • Report the incident through the Uber/Lyft app to notify Uber/Lyft and document the accident.

Collect Information

  • Gather details from the scene, including the Uber/Lyft driver’s name, contact information, insurance details, and vehicle license plate number.
  • If other vehicles are involved, collect the same information from the other drivers.
  • Obtain the contact details of any witnesses to the collision. 

Document the Accident Scene

  • Take photos and videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any visible injuries. These can be critical pieces of evidence later.

Seek Medical Attention

  • Certain injuries may not show up right away, even if you feel fine. It’s crucial to see a doctor to ensure you are healthy and to document any injuries for your claim.

Consult Butwinick Injury Law

  • Reach out to our experienced attorneys who specialize in Uber/Lyft accident cases. We can assist you in comprehending your legal rights and navigating the court system.

Understanding Uber/Lyft’s Insurance Coverage

As a passenger in an Uber/Lyft, you are protected by Uber/Lyft’s insurance policy, which provides significant coverage in the event of an accident. This includes:

  • $1 Million Liability Coverage: This covers bodily injuries and property damage caused by the Uber/Lyft driver.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: This applies if another driver is at fault but lacks sufficient insurance.

Types of Compensation for Uber/Lyft Accident Victims

Depending on the details of the accident and the severity of your injuries, you may be eligible for various forms of compensation, including:

  • Medical Expenses: Covers all medical costs related to the accident, both current and future.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to your injuries and recovery time.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the accident-related mental and bodily anguish. 
  • Property Damage: Compensation for individual items that were harmed in the collision.

How Butwinick Injury Law Can Assist You

Handling the aftermath of an Uber/Lyft accident can be daunting. At Butwinick Injury Law, we have extensive experience with Uber/Lyft accident cases in Minneapolis. Here’s how we can help:

  • Detailed Investigation: We will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case for you.
  • Negotiation with Insurers: We manage all communications with Uber/Lyft’s insurance company and other involved parties to ensure you receive fair compensation.
  • Legal Representation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to court and fight for your rights.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if the Uber/Lyft driver was not at fault?

If another driver is at fault, Uber/Lyft’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage typically applies to cover your injuries and damages.

2. Can I still file a claim if I didn’t go to the hospital immediately?

Yes, you can still file a claim. However, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to document your injuries and support your claim.

3. How long do I have to file a claim after an Uber/Lyft accident?

In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. It’s critical to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure all deadlines are fulfilled.


Being involved in an Uber/Lyft accident can be a stressful experience, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Butwinick Injury Law is here to provide the legal support and guidance you need. Our committed staff will put in every effort to make sure you get the justice and compensation you are due.

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