July 6, 2023

What to Expect in a Ride Share (Uber/Lyft) Accident?

Learn how to begin a ride share app (Uber/Lyft) accident personal injury or wrongful death case

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What to Expect in a Ride Share (Uber/Lyft) Accident?

What to Expect in a Ride Share (Uber/Lyft) Accident?

You are here for legal advice about your personal injury or wrongful death case. Mike Burman at Burman Law offers a free consultation to answer your questions. During your consultation - if you are comfortable - Mike will cover these six key steps with you:

  • Preserve important physical evidence so nothing critical is lost
  • Interview witnesses and law enforcement
  • Take custody of photographs and video
  • Impound or take custody of the ride app vehicle or the contents of the vehicle
  • Provide you with a free case evaluation so you understand what the case is about
  • Provide you with a plan of action so you understand how the case will be handled

Mike is a death and injury lawyer with 25+ years of experience helping hundreds of accident victims against at-fault commercial operators and careless drivers of all types, including ride share drivers and ride share companies. Other lawyers often call Mike for advice with their personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. Once you begin your free case evaluation with Mike, you will know the legal advice is coming from an experienced attorney.

There is never any pressure. Your consultation is strictly confidential. Mike will provide practical solutions and explain how ride-sharing laws apply to car accidents.  Lyft accidents and Uber accidents involve a ride share vehicle, a ride share driver, a driver’s insurance, and a ride share company.  Multiple insurance companies may be responsible for coverage.  Ride share drivers and rides hare passengers can be injured by at-fault drivers and need help locating this insurance coverage.  And so, a car accident lawyer like Mike, with long-term experience interpreting auto insurance policies can help with a ride share accident case.

Contact information for liability insurance companies can be hard to identify after a ride share accident.  Medical care is not free and serious injuries require expert medical attention.  It is often difficult to find liability coverage that will actually pay for the bodily injury caused at the time of the accident.  The driver’s personal auto insurance may refuse to pay for an auto accident involving a ride share app or ride request.  In extreme cases, ride share passengers with serious injuries may find themselves uninsured.  These conflicts are not what you expect from a ride share service.  Mike will give you advice based on years of experience dealing with all sorts of car insurance and  transportation network companies.

Mike and the staff at Burman Law understand that starting a personal injury case or wrongful death case can be overwhelming and intimidating. To help you, the friendly legal team at Burman Law average over 10 years of paralegal experience with personal injury claims and wrongful death claims. Your free access to the Burman Law Client Portal means you stay informed. You can contact us through the portal, by phone, by text, or by email. If you contact us on a workday, we almost always can respond to you that day.

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For the legal process to work, several steps in a big truck accident claim must be addressed quickly, especially the preservation of evidence and the location of witnesses against the at-fault party. The police report needs to be checked for accuracy. Medical treatment by specialized medical professionals familiar with motor vehicle accident injuries should begin. Medical bills and lost wages should be submitted to insurance for payment.

Beginning a case may help prevent other ride-share accidents.   If you decide we will be your ride-share accident attorney, our legal team will help you:

  • plan for medical expenses not paid by insurance
  • plan for lost income and time off from work
  • calendar the statute of limitations under state law so you do not miss any time limits
  • answer all the FAQs, as well as the questions unique to your case
  • meet with surviving family members and explain the legal process
  • fill out the necessary paperwork for your insurance policy or insurance claim
  • lay the foundation for you to receive a fair settlement amount without the expense and delay of a lawsuit


We handle every type of ride share company injury case, whether it involves a chauffeured vehicle or an everyday vehicle where the at-fault driver has failed to meet the duty of care. We handle ride share app accidents and cases involving punitive damages and non-economic damages for pain and suffering. Our legal team is also experienced in medical malpractice cases that sometimes arise. We handle or assist with probate matters involving a decedent in a wrongful death lawsuit. We handle loss of consortium cases for the loss of a spouse or minor child. Our experience ranges from semi-trucks and trailers to farm vehicles to small autos not maintained properly for ride share services. Our case values range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. We can practice in all federal or state courts throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.  Burman Law is a big truck accident lawyer with offices in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee to better serve you.


Every driver has a duty to exercise ordinary care for the safety of other persons using the highway. We investigate and prove fault by motorists who:

  • Fail to maintain a safe distance
  • Fail to slow to a safe speed or continually use excessive speed
  • Fail to allow time for safe clearance
  • Fail to obey traffic signals (i.e., red lights or stop signs)
  • Fail to keep a proper lookout for pedestrian traffic
  • Fail to pay attention, especially at night or during inclement weather
  • Fail to perceive a dangerous condition or immediate hazard
  • Fail to drive free of impairment by drugs or alcohol
  • Fail to stop operating a cell phone while operating an automobile
  • Fail to be properly vetted by the ride share company


Ride share accident and death cases require quick attention from an experienced personal injury law firm. Mike Burman is a personal injury attorney with the staff and financial resources needed to take on any insurance company.  As your ride share accident lawyer, Mike Burman and his law firm will work quickly to:

  • Understand the mechanism of injury causing pain and suffering or death
  • Look for hard-to-find injuries, such as brain injuries or labral tears in the hip
  • Preserve evidence that could be washed away, destroyed, or lost
  • Study traffic patterns and traffic
  • Search for CCTv video/audio, ring doorbell cameras, police videos, and business cameras
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Engage experts in accident reconstruction to uncover critical facts
  • Download the “black box” speed and distance computer on the “at-fault” vehicle
  • Impound the at-fault vehicle and preserve contents in the at-fault vehicle

Automobile injury and death cases involving ride share apps require quick attention from an experienced personal injury law firm. Mike Burman is a personal injury attorney with the staff and financial resources needed to take on any insurance company.  For example, if you are a passenger seriously injured in a Lyft vehicle, you may not know anything about Lyft’s insurance.  As your car accident attorney, Mike Burman and his law firm will work quickly to answer all your questions and learn about your injuries-including those hard-to-find injuries that are oftentimes overlooked, such as brain injuries or labral tears in the hip.

Once evidence from the scene is secure, we use information technologies to transform this evidence into a visual representation of your impact to prove the harms and losses behind your injuries. Our in-house media service prepares professional digital charts, blowups, and videos while keeping costs under control. Our goal is to communicate your case so that anyone can “be sure” what happened and “understand” what should be done to right the wrong done to you. We work to provide the insurance adjuster with a thorough evaluation of your case so you achieve a full and fair out-of-court settlement.  But if you must file suit, Burman Law will help prepare your case for trial.  At trial, we will visualize your case to the jury, so the jury understands exactly what happened to you, and how your life changed. In this way, the jury has the power to right the wrong done to you.  At all times with the attorney-client relationship, we work for you first.


Insurance companies and insurance adjusters use several tactics to deny claims and pay less than the value of the claim.  Some of the most common we see are:

  • Blaming accident victims for their own injuries
  • Reducing the value of the case by misinterpreting medical records
  • Denying the severe injuries are related to the crash
  • Making low settlement offers for pre-existing or age-related factors
  • Delaying claims as long as possible until you must take a low settlement offer
  • Making lowball settlement offers to reduce the amount you think is reasonable
  • Telling injury victims they do not need to hire a lawyer


We are paid a percentage of the money recovered in your case.  Many personal injury lawyers now charge a fee of 40% to begin your case.  Our fee has been one-third for more than twenty-five plus years.  We do not spend time or money on expensive television ads, and we pass that savings on to you.  There are no hidden disclaimers.  We are transparent at all times.

With our free consultation and free case evaluation services, you can confidentially discuss your crosswalk case with me, Mike Burman, at no charge.  Mike will help you understand your rights and give you a plan of action.  There is never any pressure.  We put all fees and case expenses in writing.  We will set you up with access to a free client portal so you can post anything you want 24/7/365.  We respond to portal messages by the next business day, or sooner.   And you can always contact Mike on his personal cell phone number which he will give you when you hire him to be your rideshare accident attorney.  Burman Law staff average ten years of paralegal experience.   Mike has 25+ years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death involving motor vehicles of all types in Kentucky and Tennessee.

We would be honored to help you or your loved ones. You can schedule a consultation with Mike by clicking:



UBER - What Is Required To Drive With Uber?

Minimum Driver Age
As an Uber driver, you must be 21 years of age or older and hold a valid driver’s license.

Document Requirements
Becoming an Uber driver requires a number of documents in order to qualify and officially begin. When you’re ready to apply to become a driver, make sure you’ve collected the following:

  • A valid driver's license
  • Proof of work eligibility
  • Social insurance number
  • Proof of vehicle registration
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • A valid and clear driver profile photo

Sending the necessary documents to Uber can be done quite easily by either scanning or taking a very clear picture of your documents with your smartphone. From there, you can upload the necessary documents using the Uber app. You should hear back regarding your application within 10 days.

Background Check
As part of Uber’s safety policies, every driver must complete a background check in order to begin driving. This background check must be completed through one of Uber’s Greenlight Hubs and will detail your history in terms of driving record and criminal history. This ensures that riders can trust their drivers.

Your Phone Requirements
You must have a smartphone, either Android or iOS, in order to efficiently and safely pick-up riders through the Uber app. This allows you to find the most profitable areas within the city, as well as use GPS to get your rider from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Pro-tip: Since a portion of your smartphone and data use will be used for your work as an independent contractor, there may be an opportunity to claim a portion of your monthly bill as an expense under your business.

Other Personal Considerations
When exploring the idea of becoming an Uber driver, it’s important to consider your personality traits and work style and how they will help or hinder your ability to succeed as a driver. As an Uber driver, you will thrive most if you:

  • Are able to hold a variety of conversations with strangers
  • Are motivated and disciplined enough to hold a schedule that will help you bring in enough revenue and budget time for unpaid vacations.
  • Are willing and capable of maintaining your business as an independent contractor, which includes basic business filings and accounting.
  • Are able to comfortably and safely drive for at least 6 hours per day.

LYFT - What you need to drive with Lyft in Kentucky
Drivers are required to maintain current documents. Failing to update a required document before the expiration date results in temporary deactivation.

Use your Lyft Driver app to upload your documents. To add documents in the app, tap 'Account' in the main menu, then 'Documents.

Vehicle requirements

  • 2006 or newer
  • 4 doors
  • 5-8 seats, including the driver's
  • Not a taxi, stretch limousine, or non-Express Drive rental vehicle
  • Not titled as salvage, non-repairable, rebuilt or any other equivalent classification
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