Cyclist Sues After Accident | Uber Failure to Cover

In a case stemming from a July 2, 2015 accident, Lucas Root has filed a lawsuit against Uber and the driver who opened the vehicle door while Root was riding his bike. The action knocked Root to the ground and broke three of his teeth. The suit comes months after the fact. The driver was cited for the bicycle accident and two months after, the driver’s personal insurer declined to provide coverage. Three months after the accident, Uber states that the claim is still being reviewed.

Root has filed a lawsuit seeking damages up to $250,000 from Uber and the driver.

With companies such as Uber and Lyft becoming more popular, there have been some concerns regarding the drivers’ insurance coverage and how much the requirements should be. With high-profile accidents having already occurred, some states require the companies to provide higher coverage in the event of an accident.

In the state of Oregon, the liability coverage by both Uber and Lyft is set at $1 million from the moment a ride is confirmed until the passenger reaches their destination. If the driver is logged in and no fare has been accepted yet, the coverage amount drops.

It is important to understand the insurance liability coverage provided by Uber and Lyft. If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver who is on-duty, he or she must present the commercial insurance information. They should help to cover the damages.

At Paulson Coletti, we are dedicated to helping individuals injured as the result of someone else’s negligence. Our Portland bicycle accident lawyers work with you to provide a strong case strategy and seek the compensation you need after an injury-causing accident. Contact our firm today and schedule your free case evaluation to discuss your situation with us.