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What to Do If You Are Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident

Rideshare companies have become increasingly popular over the past decade. With the large numbers of Uber and Lyft drivers on the road, there has also been a substantial rise in rideshare accidents. If you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need an experienced attorney who can get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, we represent individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in rideshare accidents throughout Los Angeles. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and will fight for you and your family. If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact our office at (213) 232-4848  to schedule a free consultation.

What should I do after an Uber or Lyft accident?

Californians share the road with thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers each day. Car accidents involving rideshare vehicles happen frequently and can cause devastation to everyone involved. If you are involved in a rideshare accident you need to act quickly to protect your rights.

If you are injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident you need to:

  • Report the accident – If you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident you need to report the incident to law enforcement and the rideshare company immediately. A delay in reporting the accident may impact your case.
  • Collect evidence – If you are able, take pictures and videos at the scene of the crash. Gather as many details as possible including the names and contact information for any involved parties or witnesses.
  • Obtain the rideshare driver’s information such as name and phone number.
  • Take a screenshot of the rideshare app that shows your trip information.
  • Seek medical treatment – If you are not taken to the hospital immediately, you still need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. Many injuries are not obvious until days or weeks after a collision.
  • Contact a rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. Having an attorney represent you in your claim can increase your chances of success.

Regardless of the type of rideshare accident you are involved in, you should still follow these steps to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Who is liable in a rideshare accident?

Determining liability in a rideshare accident can be challenging without the help of an attorney. An insurance adjuster may try to downplay your injuries or put you at fault for the incident. The best way to determine who can be held legally responsible for your accident and injuries is by consulting with an experienced lawyer. A lawyer can investigate your claim to determine who was at fault and how to obtain compensation.

What insurance policies apply in an Uber or Lyft accident?

In California, Uber and Lyft drivers are required to carry liability insurance that meets the minimum state requirement. Specifically, they must have at least $50,000 coverage for death or bodily injury to one person, up to $100,000 per incident and $30,000 in property damage.

Uber and Lyft maintain third-party liability insurance for their drivers while they are using the app. Uber and Lyft carry up to $1,000,000 in liability coverage for their drivers when they are either en route to pick up a ride request or have picked up passengers.

Who can I sue if I’m involved in a rideshare accident?

Rideshare accidents are different from regular car accidents when it comes to personal injury claims. If you’ve sustained injuries from a rideshare accident, suing for compensation can be tough. First, you must prove who was negligent in the accident to be eligible to file a claim. Second, when filing a claim for damages, you must also prove liability and the extent of your injuries.

Rideshare drivers are required to rely on the company’s liability insurance when they are working. However, many drivers will not file claims because they fear losing their job. Despite the driver not putting in a claim with their company, it’s imperative to protect yourself by pursuing a claim.

How do rideshare accidents happen?

In many cases, rideshare accidents are due to things that can be avoided. Here are the most common reasons why rideshare accidents happen:

  • Distracted driving - From talking on the phone and texting to changing the radio station and eating, these bad driving habits can cause a severe collision.
  • Speeding - Rideshare drivers who don’t pay attention to speed limits can put everyone on the road at risk of sustaining an injury from an accident.
  • Limited driving experience - You may be surprised to know that some rideshare drivers have a lack of driving experience.
  • Not being able to handle hazardous road conditions properly - Lack of driving experience along with dangerous road conditions can be a recipe for a serious rideshare accident.
  • Failing to obey traffic signals and road signs - Ignoring a red light or blowing a stop sign can be a surefire way for everyone on the road to be at risk of an accident that could cause a severe injury.

Someone can suffer an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident in the following ways:

  • As a passenger in a rideshare car.
  • As a driver or passenger riding in another vehicle that has been hit by a rideshare car.
  • As a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist that has been hit by a rideshare car.

Do I need a rideshare accident lawyer?

Rideshare accident personal injury claims are complicated. Having an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer help you with your claim can increase your chances of a favorable decision. If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you have your recovery to worry about. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident? Contact Levin & Nalbandyan today.

Were you or a loved one injured in a rideshare accident in Los Angeles? Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and determine whether you have a valid claim for damages against Uber or Lyft. Contact our office today at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you get the compensation you need now.

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