With convenience comes a chance of risks. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft can be convenient. But risks for drivers, riders, or individuals on foot reach beyond any road accident. Laws favoring Lyft and Uber could subject you to receiving less than the life compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured by an Uber or Lyft driver or another ridesharing accident, Ehline Law Firm could help any party obtain financial results. Our award-winning personal injury law firm fights with the sense of duty and elan appreciated by discerning clients.
Call us at (213) 596-9642. Or you can email an Uber accident lawyer today. Our proven experts in Los Angeles offer rideshare drivers and others a free case consultation. Our local Uber accident lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, to discuss the details.
We do our part to protect the rights of Southern California residents or out-of-state individuals, even if you’re an Uber driver.
Los Angeles Lyft and Uber Accident Laws & California Resources
Why Should People Hire An Uber Accident Lawyer?
Fact, a ridesharing car accident will involve numerous parties and auto accident laws. Like our roads, Uber driver laws change all the time. After your Los Angeles Uber accident, a consultation with an attorney can focus your attention on care for your suffering.
Our law group’s job is to handle the legal decisions as you try to recover from your medical situation. Guidance from the right Uber accident lawyer can help make a difference in the amount of money you or someone in your family will recover.
During legal representation, primary concerns, including questions of fault and loss mitigation, are discussed. Everything you do now will encourage fairer settlements later.
The right attorneys can get the evidence victims need to recover fair money losses and attorney’s fees. (Ex: millions or a defense verdict).
For example, Uber monitors drivers and their driving habits by logging the driver’s travel speed, hard braking behavior, or manner of sharp turns taken during the ride.
They note and store destination track maps showing driver action. Anyone can see this same traffic map during the ride. The rideshare company will refuse calls of wounded passengers to view this information without a court order requested by an Uber or Lyft lawyer.
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, your legal rights and path to maximum compensation could be navigated. Uber drivers are no less immune from being victims of collisions than anyone else under similar circumstances. Compensation can be had with superior Los Angeles uber accident attorney representation.
Why Choose Our Award-Winning Los Angeles Uber Accident Lawyer?
The Ehline Law Group is a personal injury law firm in the Los Angeles area, with offices throughout Southern California.
For a free rideshare accident consultation, call (213) 596-9642. Our policy is to contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment at no cost. It’s not recent news. Our message is clear; ridesharing accident victims deserve maximum compensation. Whether a passenger, Uber, or Lyft driver, you deserve the best Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
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Helping with traffic collisions is our specialty. Our focus tends to be accidents involving: Car-Motorcycle Accident, Bicycle-Auto Accident, Bus-Car Accident, Pedestrian-Car Accident, Delivery Truck Accident, Uber Accident, Lyft Accident, Turo Accident, Loaner Accident, Driverless Car Crash, Freeway Construction neglect, etc.
What is Uber?
Uber is an app that lets a rider request a ride from people nearby for hire. If the driver accepts your pickup location, you will be shown an estimated arrival time in increments of minutes and seconds.
How Common Are Uber Accidents?
In 2019, Uber released a safety report revealing 49 fatalities in 2017. Numbers increased to 58 deaths in 2018, making it 107 between both years.
Most of these accident victims and deaths were linked with car collisions (65%). 31% involved pedestrians or bicyclists and Uber drivers colliding with vehicles. No Lyft driver or Lyft accident safety report has been released as of today.
Common Cars In Uber Wrecks
The type of vehicle in an Uber accident is broad. It ranges from car models (Toyota Prius, Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Tahoe) to other market-accommodating vehicles such as small cars (Hyundai i40, Chevrolet Spark) or large trucks and SUVs (Ford Explorer).
Common Causes of Uber Crashes?
Driving recklessly, falling asleep, and not being alert for other vehicles and pedestrians remain the most common violations sparking a Los Angeles, CA insurance claim.
With differing levels of driving experience, Uber accidents often injure passengers, uninsured drivers, and pedestrians. You need a Lyft accident lawyer to protect your interests. This firm can identify other types of motorist coverage.
Rideshare Law In California?
The Ridesharing concept is a one-way road transport service arguably manned by independent contractors.
California now enforces AB5, which now classifies former independent contract workers as employees. But there’s a difference. Normally, everything is covered by the at-fault employees’ parent company. (wrongdoing could be vicariously imputed from servant to master).
How AB5 Hurts Your Accident Case?
This California Assembly Bill gutted vicarious liability. AB5 strongly works for the transportation company’s benefit. The individual driver is held responsible to the plaintiff. Less financial protection exists for everyone along the route.
Should you file a claim after a car accident? Contact Ehline Law Firm’s attorneys. Your Uber or Lyft accident attorney will be drawn from trained professionals in all areas of insurance claims. Our top team has experience in the common carrier decision-making process. We help families throughout the country and several states, page by page, every step of the way.
“A common carrier under U.S. law is a private or public entity in the business of transporting goods or people from one place to another for hire.”
Proving Liability In Your Matter (Determining Fault)
To prove your burden of fault, you must show the Uber driver breached a duty owed and that you suffered damages.
Even then, to get the proper event insurance coverage, you must answer the questions. Was the driver using another rideshare app along the accident route?
Was it third-party work?
There could be more than one vehicle or liability coverage issue. Other insurance policies may exist. The city or state could be partially liable as a group. This presents statutes of limitations problems for us. Even experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can overlook something.
Damages In An Uber /Lyft Accident
After the liability investigation, you still have to prove all reasonable damages to insurers. Damages can be categorized as general and special. A jury or court will examine jury instructions to determine all injury claims compensation payout amounts.
Case results won against a type of defendant (Uber driver, etc.) require us to prove each element. Below our staff will detail damages against the taxis or someone else’s insurance provider.
General damages include:
Special damages include:
Pure Comparative Negligence
You won’t just get all the compensation you deserve on your terms. You must force all liable parties to pay their fault obligation. If you sue the wrong people, the case recovery could be reduced based upon the percentage of fault held by the empty witness chair.
An expert witness may be called to prove you didn’t cause your own property damage or injuries. This is called “pure comparative negligence.” (Learn more here).
How The Uber Insurance Policy “Period” Limits Your Recovery
Uber and Lyft are the two largest rideshare businesses in Los Angeles, California. Each ridesharing driver must purchase uninsured motorist protection. (Rideshare app use responsibility). There is no way for us to be a ridesharing driver for Uber, Lyft otherwise. And life insurance is never a mandatory purchase.
If you can’t pay your own insurance fees or car money, Uber and Lyft can help you with a car and insurance policy.
Some taxi companies also have apps and provide similar rides. Cab companies charge higher fares due to a lack of funding and their own operating expenses. Consequently, cabs are more expensive than rideshare companies such as Uber in typical rides.
California requires Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers to carry rideshare insurance when using apps provided by ridesharing companies. The minimum auto insurance requirements vary according to which “period” you are in. If you are not a bona fide passenger, you’ll be limited to the liability policy in place.
Here are the answers determining whether standard level limits or a more significant amount will result in your case.
Period 0: California’s minimum auto insurance requirements come into play when the rideshare services app is turned off. Even if you win your lawsuit, you could still lose.
The victim will have no other insurance rights except the ability to collect:
Period 1: If no passenger is riding but your rideshare app running, you must carry:
Getting rideshare insurance is California law. Your personal policy may cover you, but the TNC can verify various fields of coverage.
Uber, for example, drivers who are not using their own rideshare policy can purchase insurance from Uber. Your TNC is also required to have at least $200,000 of excess coverage for unexpected accidents.
Periods 2 and 3: While matched with a customer or group, you are required to carry $1 million liability insurance to operate during periods 2 and 3 legally.
Uber provides contractors $1 million of uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury amounts. A comprehensive and collision protection comes with a $1,000 deductible. But the driver must purchase collision coverage through their personal auto insurance policy first.
Lyft provides similar California risk protections with a $2500 deductible.
TIP: Purchase an individual rideshare policy to cover certain items, including comprehensive, collision, and medical payments—during period 1. If not, your insurer has no duty to provide something during that time.
Caveat: Uber Black and limousine drivers have their own insurance number requirements.
What Should Victims Of Rideshare Accidents Do?
If you are a passenger injured in an Uber or other person involved in an accident with a rideshare vehicle, remember these steps.
Passenger with a question about regulations, recourse, or rules? Call us for a free case evaluation before filing a personal injury claim with Uber or your uninsured motorist coverage. Learn about your potential chances of receiving a fair settlement compensation deal first.
Do I Have To File A Rideshare Accident Lawsuit?
Car accidents usually do not go to court because both parties can come to an agreement before litigation. This is important for injured clients unable to attend due to a disability. Victims might get frustrated by time-consuming negotiations.
Tell Me The Statute Of Limitations Deadline For My Uber Accident Claim?
Your Uber accident attorney generally has only two years to file a claim against Uber in California. A government vehicle or agency involved in an accident means less time (six months to file a claim).
How Do I Get A Free Consultation With A Los Angeles Uber Car Accident Attorney?
Unfortunately, instances of people injured in Uber and Lyft car accidents are increasing in California. Plaintiffs may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against both Uber or Lyft for personal injuries.
If you are an Uber / Lyft passenger or pedestrian hurt in a crash, contact our accident lawyers at Ehline Law Firm today. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (213) 596-9642. We have meeting places in Northern, Central, and Southern California.
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