Uber & Lyft Accidents
Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyer
The advent of rideshares like Uber and Lyft have given people a choice for those who don’t like to drive in heavy traffic or want to leave their vehicles at home. It’s easy to order a ride using a mobile app. There are currently more than 12,000 Uber/Lyft drivers worldwide. Unlike taxi and other commercial vehicles, there are no regular safety inspections for Uber vehicles.
So what happens when a distracted Lyft or Uber driver involves you in an accident where you are injured? What are your options if you are hurt or injured while a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle? Or driving your car and getting hit by a Lyft or Uber-driven vehicle? What if you are hit while walking or bicycling around town by one of these drivers? Call Today: 800-977-0150
Being a Victim: What To Do?
If you become the victim of an Uber or Lyft accident, make sure to call 911 and get the medical attention you need for your injuries. Call the police to get a report that will help you once the shock of the accident wears off. Collect any evidence that you can, including writing everything down and taking photos or videos of the crash scene. Get the Uber or Lyft driver’s information, including insurance, and talk to any witnesses. There are methods of reporting the accident through the mobile app if you are a passenger who requested the Uber or Lyft.
Don’t hesitate to have paramedics transport you to an emergency room to rule out any internal injuries. When your adrenaline is pumping from the shock of the accident, you do not feel pain as much. Ask your healthcare provider for medical documentation of your injuries. This will help your case and increases a full settlement. The insurance company can’t argue against the seriousness of your injuries if you were taken to the hospital and seen by a doctor.
If you were personally injured, you need to contact a lawyer skilled in resolving Uber and Lyft accidents so you get the best representation possible. Poder Legal has experience in helping people injured in an Uber or Lyft accident and we can represent you.
The new AB 390 law allows pedestrians to start crossing a street during the countdown signal. Insurers used to be able to shift some of the blame for injury accidents on pedestrians, who did nothing wrong, because it was previously illegal to start crossing the street when the countdown had started.
Can you Sue Uber? The Uber Driver?
In accordance with the California Vehicle Code Section 5430, Uber or Lyft has a $1 million insurance policy to cover its drivers, passengers and third-parties as a result of personal injury and property damage in an accident. That policy is in effect the moment the driver accepts a customer until the final destination is reached.
However, the liability damage is only $50,000 when the Uber or Lyft driver has no customer. What happens if you are hit by an Uber driver while walking or bicycling? Who do you get the settlement from? Uber or the driver? It is confusing. Although Uber carries liability insurance, the driver’s insurance is the one that usually pays first. Uber considers its insurance as secondary and wants the driver’s insurance to cover the costs. But most personal auto insurance companies will not cover claims for commercial activities.
Poder Legal To The Rescue
Call us to set up an appointment as soon as possible. You need to arm yourself with someone who will look after you during this time of injury and crisis. For a successful lawsuit, you have to prove the driver was negligent. And you are dealing with personal insurance which does not pay compensation when the driver is using his vehicle for commercial purposes.
At Poder Legal, we specialize in resolving personal injuries for people embroiled in accidents involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Whether you were a passenger inside the vehicle, driving your own vehicle or walking on the street, you need our guidance in dealing with your personal injury and receive the compensation that you deserve. Damages can include past and future pain and suffering, hospitalization and medical expenses, physical therapy, medication costs, and wage loss (past and future wages).
It’s important to hire us before you receive a call from an insurance agent working on behalf of Uber looking for a statement and a quick settlement. Don’t say anything. You are not obliged to do so. If you make a statement, you could end up with substantially less than you deserve. Contact us immediately.
With a skilled Uber or Lyft car accident attorney from Poder Legal, you will be able to push back because we are familiar with the laws relating to peer-to-peer ridesharing services. We will represent your best interests and get you the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and unexpected loss of income from injury.
Why settle for less?