Uber and Lyft have dominated the rideshare industry, and Chicago has naturally been one of the cities leading the way. Of course with the birth of ridesharing also came Uber and Lyft accidents, creating a muck of issues for Illinois to grapple with, given the commercial nature of the activity in personal vehicles. Responding accordingly, Illinois codified their Uber and Lyft law in a set of laws, known as the Transportation Network Providers Act (625 ILCS 57), found here. These laws include complex insurance rules that give rise whenever a rideshare accident occurs in Chicago and an Uber or Lyft passenger or driver thereafter suffers an injury. Reading my page Chicago Uber Accidents will give you more details regarding the insurance implications of the law behind Uber and Lyft.

When determining whether you have a successful lawsuit against Uber or Lyft as a result of your accident, you need access to caselaw to distinguish and compare the facts of your case to other litigated matters arising from rideshare lawsuits in Chicago, and Illinois. But first, one must analyze the issues of liability (legal terminology for fault) and damages, which will control the outcome of your Uber or Lyft accident case.

Properly determining these issues at the outset will set the tone and frame your story, whether as an Uber or Lyft user or driver, in the eyes of a jury, which is why it cannot be overstated to retain a knowledgable Uber Accident / Lyft Accident lawyer, who is not only familiar with automobile negligence, but understands the intricacies involved in Uber and Lyft law, as well as the benefits available to injured victims via rideshare insurance policies in Chicago.


In order to have a successful Uber or Lyft personal injury case in court, you must be able to prove liability. This is when your Chicago Traffic Crash Report becomes important, which typically spells out the violations and subsequent citations. See below for a common set of causes may have been at play in your particular Uber or Lyft accident.

What are Common Causes for Uber and Lyft Accidents in America?

Not keeping proper lookout. Whether it is another driver in a non-Uber or non-Lyft vehicle or the Uber or Lyft driver that was negligent and caused the accident, inattentiveness plays a major part in automobile injuries in general, many times due to distractions while driving such as texting. These type of accidents become more prevalent in Uber and Lyft settings because partners/drivers are required to check the app interface during the course of their ride in order to pick up the next passenger, violating state roadway laws.
Running a red light. A vehicle not following roadway laws involving traffic lights play a substantial role in causing Uber and Lyft injuries and deaths.
Speeding. Especially in the interest of profit, Uber and Lyft drivers may attempt to shorten the duration of the ride to maximize the number of riders for the day, or perhaps procure a tip from the passenger.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although there is ZERO tolerance policies for this type of activity both in Uber and Lyft partner policies and under the state legislature, it can and does happen. Many times, rideshare drivers are deactivated by the ridesharing company as a result of complaints having to do with this. Likewise, it is a reality on the roadways that while the Uber may be free of, it exists elsewhere, and may very well become your theory of liability if you ever find yourself in an Uber or Lyft accident.
Road rage. It is proven that road rage breeds thousands of car crashes, including Uber and Lyft crashes, every year.

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After proving liability in a Uber or Lyft lawsuit, you move onto your next burden of proof, which is proving that the damages you sustained were a direct and proximate cause of the rideshare accident.

1. Bruises and Soft Tissue Injuries.

Although seemingly minor at first glance, suffering bruises and muscle strains can create lingering physical and emotional mental distress requiring numerous doctor visits and physical therapy sessions. Just because you suffered only bruises with a negative x-ray does not mean that you do not have an Uber accident case, which is why you should consult a knowledgable Chicago Uber accident lawyer

2. Cervical and Lumbar Back Injuries.

If you believe that you suffered an injury to your cervical spine, for more information regarding diagnosis and treatment, see this page by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. If you believe you have suffered an injury to your lumbar spine, for more information, visit this page also by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

3. Concussion / Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Find out more about injuries involving your head after an Uber or Lyft accident on this page provided by the Mayo Foundation for Education and Research.

4. Burn Injuries.

Burns are surprisingly quite common in auto accidents, ranging from minor to severe. It is important to have a medical expert examine your burn injuries to determine what treatment may be necessary to avoid potential scarring.

5. Deaths.

On rare occasions, a car accident during an Uber or Lyft transit in Chicago may result in someone’s death, giving rise to a wrongful death action in Illinois under 710 ILCS 180. Consult an Uber or Lyft rideshare attorney as soon as possible to discuss options for prosecuting a wrongful death action.


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