Orange County Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber and Lyft are ridesharing companies that aim to connect passengers with a set of independent driver contractors. Initially, ridesharing experienced no regulation by the state of California, but in 2015, lawmakers instituted a policy that states drivers must obtain licenses, undergo criminal background checks, refrain from drug and alcohol use, and carry accident insurance. Orange County Uber accidents continue to occur and injure a number of passengers each year. If you or a loved one received injuries in a vehicle accident in Orange County as the result of an Uber or Lyft accident, contact Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP to discuss your case. (949) 468-5777
Why Choose Us?
- Our firm dedicated itself to assisting Orange County consumers in obtaining fair compensation from large corporations since 2005.
- Our lawyers have secured over $1 billion for consumers since 2010, with a 99% success rate.
- Our team is the Strength By Your Side™ and will advocate for you in every aspect of your case.
When Should I Discuss Your Uber Accident With an Attorney?
An Orange County Uber lawsuit often involves the contracted driver, a third-party driver, Uber’s insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company, and in some cases, even the driver’s own personal insurance company. Dealing with multiple insurance companies and multiple defendants is not an easy task, especially for a civilian. Uber has a team of lawyers working on its behalf – you should have the advantage a lawyer can provide to win your case so you can to focus on healing.
Common Causes of Uber Accidents around the OC
Uber accidents, like most other automotive accidents, involve a number of factors:
- Vehicle malfunction
- Poor road conditions due to weather or faulty roads
- Driving while intoxicated, either on the part of your driver or the third-party driver
- Road rage on either drivers’ part
- Reckless or careless driving on either drivers’ part, including failure to yield, speeding, improper turning, and more
- Improper merging, resulting in side-swipe collisions
- Failure to obey traffic signals or signs
- Driving while drowsy on either drivers’ part
- Distracted driving on either drivers’ part, including cell phone use while driving and unruly passengers
In particular, distracted driving remains a key concern in Uber cases since drivers must log in to the Uber platform to accept passengers and track ride information. It is illegal to do so while driving in Irvine, as well as throughout Orange County.
A lawyer can investigate your accident to help you determine the primary cause. If negligence on the part of either driver contributed to the accident and led to your injuries, you may wish to file a personal injury claim. A lawyer can assist you in determining negligent parties, proving negligence as well as filing your claim.
Is Someone Liable for Your Damages?
In the state of California, Uber and Lyft drivers must carry state minimum liability insurance. Insurance minimums and responsibilities change once a driver picks up a passenger. While you’re in the Uber and the driver has accepted you as a passenger, Uber must provide $1 million in coverage for death or bodily injury due to the negligence of the driver as well as $1 million in uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. In the event that your accident results from the negligence of a third-party driver, either the third-party’s or Uber’s insurance is liable for your damages.
In California, you must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident. If you are filing a wrongful death suit for the estate of a deceased party, you must do so within two years of the person’s death.
Contact Our Orange County Uber Accident Attorneys Today!
Uber and Lyft claims can be complicated, and Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP are your advocates when it comes to holding the responsible parties accountable. Our attorneys will work hard to ensure you receive a fair settlement. If you or a loved one received injuries in an Uber or Lyft car, contact our Orange County accident attorneys in Irvine to discuss your options and receive a no-fee consultation. (949) 468-5777