Ridesharing services has been attributed to a 2-3% increase in auto accident fatalities, accounting for around 1,100 deaths. Ridesharing has been linked to an increase in vehicles on the road, and therefore, congestion.
As rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have become a common mode of transportation, it is not surprising that the spike in rideshare car accidents follows. If you, or a loved one, was involved in a car accident involving a ride share company, whether that be that you were driving, a passenger, or a pedestrian, the lawyers at Freeway Law are here to evaluate your case and investigate your collision to see if you are eligible for compensation.
Our lawyers at Freeway Law have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern rideshare accident cases and can help you determine how to proceed when this unfortunate accident occurs as we fully dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you fight for a fair and just settlement during this difficult time.
Who is Liable for Damages After and Uber or Lyft Accident in California?
The most common questions after being in an accident with a ride share company is who is liable? And Can I sue the company? The answers depend largely in part on the circumstances pertaining to the collision. Our experienced ride share accident lawyers at Freeway Law consider a few factors in order to determine who is liable:
- Whether you were the rideshare driver, a rideshare passenger, a pedestrian hit by a rideshare driver, or a driver or passenger in another vehicle;
- The cause of your accident (who was in the wrong); and
- Whether the rideshare driver was on duty at the time of the car accident.
It is important to keep in mind that Uber and Lyft insure their drivers with a $1 million insurance policy while they are on duty. This means that if they hit and seriously injure you, or you are hit and seriously injured while in the car, their insurance policy will cover them up to $1 million dollars. However, their insurance policy does not cover their drivers while they are on duty so it is important to note if they were or not as their own personal insurance claims would be in effect.
Whether or not Uber and Lyft’s insurance liability is one of the many tedious parts to a rideshare accident which is why hiring a lawyer is extremely important after such an accident occurs so that their insurance does not try to undercut what you are rightly entitled to. At Freeway Law, we are here to ensure that you get the highest settlement possible to ensure that your damages incurred have been fully compensated for.
What to Do After an Uber Or Lyft Accident
Every car accident, especially those involving a rideshare company, always starts at the crash scene. To build and strengthen your case to receive a fair settlement, here are some helpful next steps:
- Call the police, and if needed call for medical assistance;
- Take detailed photos of the crash scene such as physical injuries, positions of vehicles, property damage, traffic signs. The more information the attorneys at Freeway Law have of the crash scene the better we can represent your case;
- Take pictures of drivers licenses, license plates, and drivers’ insurance information;
- Write down insurance information of every driver involved in the crash;
- Visit a doctor immediately to assess injuries; and
- Contact a California rideshare accident attorney.
If you’ve been involved or injured in a rideshare accident, don’t hesitate to call us at (844) 443-7339 for a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and compensation.