Ride Share Accidents in Minnesota: Protecting Your Legal Rights

With the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, getting around town has become more convenient than ever. However, the risk of being involved in a ride-share accident comes with convenience. If you or a loved one have been in a ride-share accident in Minnesota, it is essential to understand your legal rights and take the necessary steps to protect them.

Common Causes of Ride Share Accidents

Ride-share accidents can happen for various reasons, similar to regular car accidents. Some common causes include distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving, failure to yield, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In some cases, the ride-share driver may also be unfamiliar with the roads, leading to navigational errors that result in accidents. Identifying the cause of the accident is crucial in determining liability and seeking compensation for your injuries and damages.

Potential Injuries in Ride Share Accidents

Ride-share accidents can lead to injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to more severe and life-threatening conditions. Whiplash, fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage are common injuries sustained in such accidents. It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention after an accident, even if you feel fine, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Prompt medical evaluation can protect your health and provide essential documentation of your injuries for any potential legal claims.

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Ride Share Accident

Your health and safety should be your top priority. Call for medical assistance immediately if you or anyone involved in the accident is injured. Contact the local police and report the accident. Obtain a copy of the police report, as it will be crucial evidence when seeking compensation for your damages. Obtain the contact information, names, and insurance details of all parties involved in the accident. Additionally, gather contact information from any witnesses present at the scene. Take pictures of the accident scene, including the vehicles’ positioning, road conditions, and visible damages.

Notify the Ride-Share Company if you were a passenger in a ride-share vehicle at the time of the accident, and report the accident to the ride-share company as soon as possible. Refrain from making statements and avoid discussing fault or liability with anyone at the scene, including the other parties or insurance representatives. Admissions of guilt or fault can be used against you in future legal proceedings.

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Ride Share Accident

Determining Liability in Ride Share Accidents

Determining liability in ride-share accidents can be complex. The liability may lie with the ride-share driver, the driver of another vehicle, or a combination of both. Ride-share companies may also share some responsibility for their drivers’ actions.

Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft typically have insurance coverage to protect their drivers and passengers. When the ride-share driver is at fault for the accident, their insurance coverage comes into play. However, the amount of coverage available may vary depending on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. For instance, if the ride-share driver is logged into the app but has not yet accepted a ride request, the ride-share company may provide limited coverage. Once the driver accepts a ride request or has a passenger in the vehicle, the ride-share company’s insurance policy generally offers more extensive coverage.

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in ride-share accidents in Minnesota. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and advocate for fair compensation. We can help navigate the complexities of the legal process and secure the compensation needed to cover medical expenses and other damages resulting from the accident. You do not have to face this challenging situation alone.


About the Author:

Andrew T. Poole is a Minnesota native who has served in the Army for more than 18 years and is currently a JAG lawyer in the Army Reserves in addition to serving as a partner at LaCourse, Poole & Envall. He has handled thousands of criminal and family law cases over the course of his career and has a firm belief that all hardworking Minnesotans should be entitled to the best possible legal counsel. Mr. Poole boasts a 10/10 Superb rating on Avvo, is Lead Counsel rated, and has been recognized multiple times by SuperLawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and others for his work.

About the Author:

A lifelong Minnesotan, founding partner Ronald R. Envall has spent his entire legal career fighting for the little guy, focusing on workers’ compensation, Social Security, and personal injury cases. He has been recognized by SuperLawyers as a Top Rated attorney in Duluth, placing him in the top 5 percent of all workers comp lawyers across the state. In his free time, Mr. Envall serves on the boards of several area government and nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, which supports consumer rights.

About the Author:

A former Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial District in Duluth and former staff attorney for the Indian Legal Assistance Program, Brent R. Olson is an experienced trial lawyer who has appeared in every Courthouse in the Sixth Judicial District and taken over three dozen cases to verdict. At LaCourse, Poole & Envall, Mr. Envall focuses on family law, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense. He has a strong belief in restorative justice and helped to develop the Domestic Violence Restorative Circles program.