los Angeles Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Uber and Lyft, common ride sharing services, are rapidly becoming more popular traditional taxi cabs. With the ability to call a taxi from your location using your smartphone, these apps are becoming more convenient than traditional cabs and more popular.
Uber and Lyft vehicles, however, are not subject to many of the commercial vehicle laws that govern taxi cabs. This can make it more difficult for people who are injured in accidents with Uber and Lyft drivers to obtain full compensation for their injuries. We have experience handling Uber and Lyft auto accidents and can help you recover what you deserve if you were injured in an accident involving a ride share company.
Liability for an Uber or Lyft Accident
Because the drivers of Uber and Lyft are independent contractors, and not employees of a taxi cab company, these accidents can be more complicated for other drivers, or passengers, involved in accidents with Uber or Lyft.
If your driver is at fault for the accident, their insurance should cover your injuries. Uber and Lyft offer an automobile insurance policy that provides up to $1 million of liability per incident, as well as $1 million uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury (in the event that another motorist without adequate insurance causes an accident).
But for these coverages to apply, the driver’s app must be on and they must have accepted a ride. When a driver is offline and gets in an accident, their personal automobile insurance policy applies. The coverage limits for a personal policy might be much lower than Uber and Lyft’s commercial policy.
What to do if you are in a rideshare accident
Make sure to do the following if you’re in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver:
Get the name of the driver, make a note of the make and model of the car, as well as the vehicle’s license plate number.
Keep receipts and text messages or emails about your ride.
Get the contact information of any other passengers or witnesses.
Seek medical attention.
Uber or Lyft might give you the runaround by claiming that the driver was “off duty” at the time of the accident, and that the driver’s personal insurance therefore covers your injuries. Once you retain an attorney to handle your accident claim, the attorney will deal directly with the insurance companies and help ensure that they take responsibility for the incident (if necessary) and you are compensated fairly.
Help for Uber and Lyft accident victims
Our first priority is protecting your best interests and obtaining the compensation you deserve when you are injured in a car accident with Uber or Lyft. To speak to an experienced auto accident lawyer, contact us online today or Call Ara at (818) 549-0808.