Los Angeles Ride Sharing Accident Attorney
After an accident with an LA Uber or Lyft driver, victims need help from attorneys who understand the complications of California law as it relates to ride-sharing. Whether you were a passenger during the accident or an Uber driver struck your vehicle, negligence on the part of ride-share drivers shouldn’t cause you to suffer. Discuss your personal injury case with the team at Panish Shea & Boyle to discover if Uber or Lyft owe you compensation for your injuries after a motor vehicle accident.
What to Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
After any California car accident, move your car to a safe area – if possible. Then call the police to make a report of the incident. Check for any medical issues for yourself, passengers, or anyone else involved with the accident. If you feel okay, be sure to schedule an appointment with a physician as soon after the incident as possible to ensure there aren’t any latent injuries. If you discover that your injuries are significant, you may be due compensation for the damages incurred during accident.
Understanding Liability in an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, the lawsuit does not immediately go to the company. There is the matter of determining who was liable – the driver or the company. The company considers drivers to be independent contractors, so the rideshare service is not automatically liable for any accidents and determining who is responsible for compensation can be confusing.
In many states, including California, liability depends largely on whether the driver was logged into the rideshare app. From a technical perspective, the driver is liable if he or she were involved in an accident while not logged onto the app. In California, rideshare drivers must have personal insurance policies with liability and uninsured motorist coverage that amounts to at least $50,000 for each person and $100,000 for each accident.
If the accident occurs when the driver is logged into the app but has not accepted a ride, the company will assume only a certain amount of liability coverage. Uber and Lyft have policies of $50,000 for injuries, $25,000 for property, and $100,000 total. They will only pay the amount that the driver’s personal insurance does not cover.
If the driver is on their way to pick up someone or has a passenger in the car, Uber and Lyft claim liability. They have both liability coverage and uninsured motorist coverage that each amount to one million dollars.
In California, the lawsuit shifts slightly if you were a passenger and the Uber or Lyft driver was not the one at fault. You would file a lawsuit with the driver who is at fault before going to Uber or Lyft directly.
Both Uber and Lyft are likely to do all that they can to avoid paying liability insurance in an accident. They tend to aggressively combat claims, pushing liability onto the driver to avoid big payouts. They see their companies as a way to organize rides, removing them from responsibility over the rides themselves.
Legal Help After an Accident with an Uber or Lyft Driver
The laws surrounding ride-sharing accidents are still in their infancy, but the accident lawyer team at Panish Shea & Boyle aren’t new to these incidents. Our team has been paying attention to how the courts are treating these cases. Our up-to- date knowledge gives victims in Uber accidents or Lyft collisions the best chance at fair compensation for lost time at work, medical bills, and other financial losses they suffer as a result of a car accident.
Speak with one of our attorneys today in Los Angeles for a free consultation. (310) 477-1700