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As a personal injury attorney who primarily represents people who have been injured in a car accident, I am seeing more and more accidents involving companies such as Uber and Lyft. Ridesharing companies have become increasingly more common with Uber and Lyft leading the way. Uber alone reported 3.5 million drivers and 118 million active users as of the start of 2021. See Uber’s 2021 Annual Report and Uber’s 2021 Investor Presentation.
The increasing popularity of rideshare companies has also resulted in the increasing likelihood of being injured in a car accident involving a rideshare company. Fortunately, most states have passed legislation to fill the gaps and help ensure adequate auto insurance coverage in the event someone is injured, whether as a rideshare passenger or as the driver or passenger of a separate vehicle involved in the crash. In Nebraska, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 75-333 mandates that all transportation network companies (rideshare companies) carry at least $1 million in bodily injury liability coverage, as well as the required limits of coverage provided for in Nebraska’s Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage Act.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a rideshare company it’s important to consult with a local injury attorney in your area sooner versus later to discuss your options, as well as all potentially available insurance coverage.