Encino Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Dedicated to Helping You Obtain Maximum Compensation
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have gained prominence in California,
employing vast numbers of drivers and becoming hugely popular with our
population. These companies are available almost immediately through their
apps that anyone can download on a smartphone. They provide convenience
and savings for individuals or groups who wish to travel from one place
to another without having to worry about the task of driving. This makes
sense for many such as students, seniors, and anyone without available
transportation or those who wish to attend alcohol-infused events.
What happens, however, if you are involved in an accident resulting in
personal injuries while a rideshare customer? What happens if you are
a rideshare driver who is hurt in such an accident or the occupant of
another vehicle involved in an accident with a rideshare driver? These
can be complicated questions based on various factors. We recommend that
you work with an attorney who has experience handling the legal claims
of such accidents. At Vahdat & Aboudi, APLC, our Encino Uber and Lyft
accident attorneys have been handling such claims for clients for years.
We are well-equipped to take on your case in search of the compensation
you need and deserve for rideshare
Hurt in a rideshare accident? We can help. Call us at
(888) 523-1698 for a free consultation or request one through our
online contact form. We serve clients throughout Los Angeles County and California.
Liability in Uber & Lyft Accidents
As in any car accident, you can be seriously injured in any type of rideshare
accident, leaving you with medical expenses, loss of wages or income,
out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Per California law,
the party or parties that contributed to causing the accident can be held
financially accountable for your injuries and losses. One of the main
factors in this is determining who was at fault. When a rideshare driver
is involved, liability can also rest on whether the driver was offline
or online using the app, en route to a customer, and making that customer’s trip.
Thus, various parties may be held liable in a rideshare accident. These
parties can include:
- Uber, Lyft, or whatever rideshare service was involved. These services
are required to have specific insurance minimums that cover drivers, passengers,
or third parties should an accident take place. These minimum coverages
go into effect as soon as the driver is “on the clock,” meaning
that he or she accepts a request via the app until that request is concluded.
If you suffer injuries in an accident while your driver is on duty, you
may be entitled to compensation from Uber or Lyft.
- The Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare driver. When drivers engage in negligence
or misconduct while on the road, they may be held financially accountable
for the injuries they cause. This applies to rideshare drivers as well.
Where this occurs, you may be able to recover compensation from the rideshare
driver’s personal insurance policy or hold that driver accountable
through a lawsuit.
- Other parties. Drivers, whether working for a rideshare company or not,
share the road with third parties. These include other drivers, motorcyclists,
bicyclists, and pedestrians. All of these parties are under an obligation
to act in a safe and responsible manner so as to avoid accidents. When
they breach this obligation, they too can be held responsible for the
injuries they cause. Other drivers engaging in unsafe behavior behind
the wheel are the main source of accidents in this category.
Those who can file claims in rideshare accidents include the drivers themselves,
their passengers, other drivers, and their passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists,
and motorcyclists. In California, you must file your injury claim within
two years of the date of the accident in which you were injured. If you
fail to meet this deadline, you will forfeit your right to recover compensation.
Vahdat & Aboudi, APLC Provides Experienced Assistance
Uber and Lyft accidents can be complex legal matters which is why you will
need the services of a law firm that has routinely handled these for many
years. These rideshare companies may attempt to avoid liability by declaring
that the driver is responsible instead of them. The same argument can
be made by third-party insurance companies claiming that their insured
did not cause the accident. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding
of all of the arguments that can be made by insurers and how to deal with
them. We urge that you take advantage of our knowledge and experience
to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Get your free consultation about your accident and injuries by
contacting us at
(888) 523-1698 today.