Find Out How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help if You Suffer an Injury in an Uber or Lyft Accident
We live in a world where Uber and Lyft have become important transportation options for those who do not own or are unable to drive a car for various reasons. If you want to spend a Friday night out with your pals at a pub, you may use Uber or Lyft to get you there and back. You won’t be driving while inebriated, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself responsibly. When you need to get somewhere that is too far away to walk and would take too long with infrequent public transportation, Uber and Lyft come in handy.
However, the more individuals who use these ridesharing applications, the greater the danger of an accident. Car and pedestrian accidents are two of the most prevalent. If you’ve been hurt as a consequence of someone else’s negligence, call DLC Law to speak to Uber and Lyft accident lawyers for a risk-free injury consultation.
Even if the rideshare companies make the procedure more difficult than a simple collision between two motorists, our attorneys are committed to obtaining each and every one of our clients the medical treatment and financial recompense they require. Call us now at (626) 285-8815 to get started.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Have Ample Insurance Coverage
Anyone who works for Uber or Lyft must have their own auto insurance. Passengers will be covered by these insurance policies to some extent, but coverage may be limited. As a result, in the event that one of their drivers is involved in an accident, both Uber and Lyft have their own insurance coverage. Uber, for example, has a $1 million insurance coverage for its drivers.
Uber is responsible for any damages up to the difference between the at-fault driver’s insurance maximum and Uber’s policy limit of $1 million under this policy. In other words, if an at-fault driver’s insurance coverage covers $30,000 in damages, Uber can be held responsible for up to $970,000 in damages. Accidents seldom result in $1 million in damages, thus exceeding Uber’s insurance maximum in a single incident is quite improbable.
Pedestrian Accidents Involving Uber or Lyft
In California, pedestrians have the right of way. Cars are required to stop and enable pedestrians to cross the road safely, even if they are not crossing at a crosswalk. Even if a pedestrian crosses the street without looking both ways, the vehicle that hits them is usually responsible for their injuries. Uber and Lyft drivers are no exception.
If you were struck by an Uber or Lyft driver while walking, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you obtain medical treatment. Accept no offer from the driver’s insurance company until you’ve consulted with a qualified personal injury attorney.
In order to prevent litigation, insurance firms frequently pay modest settlements to accident victims. These settlement offers are usually a small percentage of the entire amount you are owed.
While these settlements frequently pay medical bills, they seldom compensate for pain and suffering or lost wages due to missed workdays. These low-ball settlement offers rapidly run out if you require continuous medical treatment. DLC Law may assist you in ensuring that the driver’s insurance company and, if required, Uber/insurance Lyft’s policy appropriately pay you.
What to do if you are injured while a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle
In an ideal world, you could request a trip from Uber or Lyft and arrive at your location safely and without incident. Accidents do happen, unfortunately. There are actions you may do as an Uber/Lyft passenger to safeguard yourself both before and after an accident.
- Take a screenshot of your trip information. Passengers are given specific information ahead of their trip by transportation firms like Uber and Lyft, such as the identity of their driver, car details, the route they are anticipated to travel to their destination, and departure/arrival predictions. Take a screenshot of this in case you are in an accident.
- Call an attorney right away. After an accident, the sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer, the sooner you can be reimbursed for your injuries. Your attorney will be able to speak with insurance companies, arrange settlements, and represent you in court. They also have the required means for obtaining information that you might not have as a passenger.
- Request a copy of the driving information. The firm keeps track of Uber drivers. The speed, braking, G forces, and position of their car are all tracked via an app. This information would have been collected throughout your ride if your Uber driver caused an accident by speeding. However, such data is rarely made available to the general public. Your lawyer might ask for this data to be saved and given over for evaluation at the start of the case.
- Get medical care right away. The most crucial piece of advice we can give to accident victims is to get medical help as soon as possible. Many injuries take weeks or even months to completely manifest themselves after an event. These injuries will be highlighted in a physician’s report, alerting you to the therapy and follow-up care you require.
Your health is the most important thing to you. The next step is to make sure you have enough money to cover medical bills, missed wages, and any mental distress. You are not on your alone in this battle. We’re ready to assist you in understanding your rights and determining the best course of action.
Call DLC Law now at (626) 285-8815 for a consultation.