Los Angeles Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Helping You Navigate Rideshare Accident Claims in Southern California
With the explosive growth of ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, “ride-hailing” vehicles are now available everywhere you look in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. While many people now request an Uber or Lyft ride without a second thought about their safety, however, it’s still possible to sustain serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. According to a new study from the University of Chicago and Rice University, Uber and Lyft may even be responsible for a nationwide increase in traffic deaths: Researchers found that traffic fatalities in U.S. cities increased by up to 3% after the introduction of Uber and Lyft.
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles Uber and Lyft accident lawyers are committed to helping catastrophic injury victims after an accident caused by negligence. Whether your crash was caused by a rideshare driver or another driver on the road, you could be eligible to seek compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. With millions recovered for car and truck accident victims and over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys will give your case the care and attention it deserves.
Call (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to explore your options after an Uber or Lyft vehicle collision.
Who Is Liable for a Rideshare Accident?
Like any car accident in California, liability for injuries is determined based on fault. If an Uber or Lyft driver failed to meet their basic “duty of care” to passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or other drivers on the road, they could be considered liable for your losses. However, because Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as independent contractors rather than employees, ridesharing service companies rarely accept liability for car accidents – which can make it difficult to get the full and fair compensation you need after a crash.
While Uber and Lyft do provide up to $1 million in accident insurance coverage for their drivers, the coverage limits vary depending on the driver’s status at the time of the accident. For example, if an Uber driver was passively waiting for new rider requests at the time of the collision, they would only be eligible for $50,000 in bodily injury coverage per person and $100,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident. This may not always be enough to cover the costs of severe, life-altering injuries.
Because of this added complexity, your rideshare accident attorney will need to answer the following questions to determine liability:
- What caused the accident to happen?
- Were you a passenger, a pedestrian, or another driver when you were involved in the Uber or Lyft crash?
- What was the driver’s exact status in the ridesharing app at the moment of the collision?
- What does Uber or Lyft’s insurance cover in the event of an accident?
- Were there any other parties involved in the crash? (i.e. government entities, property owners, car manufacturers, etc)
- Did the crash involve an uninsured or underinsured driver?
Serious Injuries Require Serious Representation
Whether you need help negotiating with insurance providers or advocating for your needs in a personal injury lawsuit, the trusted lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP will stand by your side in a rideshare accident claim. Available to represent Uber and Lyft drivers as well as passengers, our Los Angeles legal team will apply our extensive resources to your case and determine who is responsible for your injuries. If negligence played a role in the crash, we will strive to reach a positive outcome.
Do you need to speak with an accident attorney today? Call (866) 634-4525 for a free consultation.
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