Have You Been Injured In An Uber Or Lyft Accident?
Taxi service used to be quite common in San Diego, but now, ride-sharing and transportation companies like Lyft and Uber are more prevalent than they have ever been.
Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services are very convenient and efficient, but that doesn’t mean that they are always safe or exempt from car accidents that can impact your life indefinitely. If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, have been injured as a passenger riding in an Uber or Lyft, or have been hit by a rideshare vehicle as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for the negligence of the Uber or Lyft driver.
At Martinez & Schill LLP, we are San Diego Uber and Lyft accident attorneys who’ve recovered millions of dollars for injury victims in the San Diego and Riverside areas. We’ve worked with hundreds of car accident and injury victims and have extensive experience with and insight into negotiating for a fair settlement, and we aren’t afraid to take your matter to trial if needed.
Background Of Ride-Sharing Companies
Uber and Lyft are both companies that serve the general public with independent contractor drivers. Modern technology, with easy-to-use apps, makes using these ride-sharing services very popular and convenient in recent years. In densely populated cities like San Diego and throughout Southern California, they can provide quick and reasonably priced rides for both tourists and locals alike.
Uber and Lyft are the two top companies currently used by millions of people in need of a ride in the state of California. As these ride-sharing companies gain in popularity, so, too, do the legal disputes involving Uber and Lyft. As a result of the increased legal disputes, which often involve car accidents, a “transportation network company” category has been formed in order to provide some oversight of these businesses.
Rideshare Accident FAQ
Even though rideshare services have been around for over a decade, many people are unfamiliar with the legal ramifications of rideshare accidents. Read on for answers to common questions about rideshares.
Have rideshares led to an increase or decrease in car accidents?
Safety is a major concern for anyone using rideshare services. In addition to the alarming incidence of sexual assault in rideshares, there is also a greater risk of fatal accidents. Government data shows that fatal accident rates have risen since the introduction of rideshare services.
Are rideshare drivers required to carry insurance?
Yes. Rideshare services typically require proof of insurance before allowing drivers to take passengers. However, if they fail to do so – or fail to follow up on verifying the driver’s insurance – they could potentially be liable for negligence if an accident results.
It’s also important to note that Uber and Lyft only require drivers to carry the minimum coverage under applicable state law. This means that the driver’s coverage may not be adequate in serious crashes resulting in fatal or catastrophic injuries.
Do rideshare companies carry additional insurance?
Yes. Companies like Uber and Lyft provide insurance coverage that typically provides up to $1 million in liability, property damage and personal injury coverage per accident. There are nuances to when and how this insurance comes into play.
Will the rideshare company allow me to use their app after I make a legal claim against them?
You should talk with an attorney if you still plan to use the rideshare app. Depending on the specifics of your case, continuing to use the rideshare service could undermine the strength of your claim.
What should I do after getting injured in a rideshare accident?
Your first priority should be getting a medical evaluation and following through on treatment. This step is essential not only for your own well-being, but also to establish documentation for your legal claim.
You should also report the accident to the rideshare company and your own insurance.
It’s important to consult with a personal injury lawyer early on in the process to avoid costly missteps. Our lawyers at Martinez & Schill LLP can walk you through your options and protect your interests from the outset.
Uber Or Lyft Passengers Who Suffer Injuries From Car Accidents
If you have been hurt in a car accident as a passenger of an Uber or Lyft ride-sharing service, you have legal rights. You may have the right to bring an insurance claim against the driver and, perhaps, the company as well, based on the circumstances. It is imperative to seek legal counsel if your accident involves Uber, Lyft or any other ride-sharing company so that you do not disadvantage your claim or fail to recognize your rights as a victim. There may also be sources of recovery specific to these ride-sharing companies that you are not aware of.
Seek The Legal Compensation You Deserve After An Uber Or Lyft Accident
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident, you should communicate with a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. An attorney with the right experience can offer you the support and guidance you need to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries. Victims of car accidents often face many difficulties, including the following:
- Permanent and long-lasting physical injuries
- The inability to work and provide for your family
- The inability to pay the high cost of medical care and other bills
- Emotional or mental difficulties that can affect you and your family
If you have been injured by an Uber or Lyft driver in San Diego or anywhere else in Southern California, the experienced and dedicated attorneys at Martinez & Schill LLP can fight for your rights. Our lawyers have vast experience handling car accident claims, and they can help you if you were injured as a passenger or a pedestrian by an Uber or Lyft driver.
We Are Here To Help
We have offices in San Diego and Riverside, and we offer flexible office hours for consultation appointments. We handle our Riverside personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you do not owe any attorney fees unless and until we win your case. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367.