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Personal Injury Claims for Uber and Lyft Accidents: Complex Liability and Insurance Coverage Issues

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

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This CLE course will guide personal injury attorneys in navigating the complex liability issues and an overview of insurance coverage issues that arise from auto accidents involving rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft. The panel will discuss the plaintiff and defense perspectives on this area of the law. The panel will also address how the state-by-state battle over whether drivers are employees or independent contractors affects discovery practices in accident suits alleging vicarious liability.


Rideshare drivers must simultaneously drive and use smartphone apps for directions and customer information while navigating frequently unfamiliar areas, increasing the likelihood of auto accidents. This webinar will provide information about potential avenues for recovery and updates on relevant case law. In addition to the now-traditional rideshare scenarios, delivery services and automated ride services are prevalent in the marketplace.

Passengers, pedestrians, and drivers injured in an auto accident caused by a rideshare driver may pursue compensation for their injuries, including the driver's insurance, the rideshare company's insurance, and potentially other applicable sources.

Personal injury claims involving rideshare services present unique liability issues because they typically treat their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.

Listen as our plaintiff and defense counsel panel examines the unique issues attorneys face in bringing or defending claims for injuries sustained in accidents caused by rideshare drivers. The panel will discuss how to prove or challenge liability and unravel insurance coverage complexities under current and emerging constructs.



  1. Overview of rideshare companies' policies on auto collisions
  2. Bringing or defending personal injury claims for accidents involving ridesharing services
    1. Liability considerations
    2. Insurance considerations
    3. Impact of wage and hour litigation on accident case discovery
    4. Special issues with UberEats, DoorDash, and similar services


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • How rideshare service company policies deal with auto collisions involving its drivers
  • Liability considerations in rideshare services' accident injury claims
  • How courts are addressing insurance coverage issues in rideshare injury cases
  • Emerging issues such as delivery services and a possible return of automated services


Hanker, Kelly
Kelly Hanker

Trial Lawyers for Justice

Ms. Hanker is a trial attorney known for increasing the value of cases across the country, including catastrophic and...  |  Read More

Hansen, Sarah
Sarah E. Hansen, Esq.

Burden & Hansen

Ms. Hansen is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on defending personal injury cases. She represents...  |  Read More

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