Uber & Lyft Accident

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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 personal injuries.

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.

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