Standing Up For Individuals Injured In Uber And Lyft Crashes
Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber dominate the California rideshare industry. Unfortunately, as the number of rideshare vehicles grows in our state, so do the number of accidents involving rideshare vehicles and other drivers, passengers or pedestrians.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries caused by a Lyft or an Uber driver, you have a right to pursue justice and compensation for losses related to your accident. However, due to the novelty of rideshare companies and how they treat legal matters, filing a claim can be complicated in practice.
At Law Offices of C. Bradley Hallen, I can help. I’m Bradley Hallen, and for over 30 years, personal injury victims and their families have relied on me to seek out maximum compensation after serious accidents. I offer free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose by contacting my office. I have the experience and resources required to hold at-fault parties accountable in negotiations and litigation.
Even if your case ends up making it all the way to court, I am ready and willing to fight for you with whatever it takes and am not afraid to take on large companies like Uber and Lyft.
Can You Take Legal Action If You’ve Been Injured In An Uber Or Lyft Accident?
Taking legal action against rideshare giants Lyft and Uber is far from straightforward. Who is liable for the crash – the rideshare driver or their employer? Is compensation available? Many questions such as these may be running through your head as you contemplate what to do.
Uber and Lyft have made it difficult to file lawsuits against them, mainly because their drivers are classified as independent contractors rather than employees. Fortunately, both companies do offer insurance coverage in the event of an accident caused by or involving one of their drivers; however, you can only receive this coverage if the rideshare driver was working at the time of the crash.
Basically, there are three types of rideshare accidents for Lyft and Uber liability purposes:
- An accident involving a rideshare driver that occurs while you are in another vehicle
- An accident involving a rideshare driver that occurs while you are outside a vehicle (walking, cycling, etc.)
- An accident that occurs while you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle that either is or isn’t the fault of the rideshare driver
Both Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with $1 million insurance policies while they are working. This means that you can bring a claim against this policy if you were in one of the three types of accidents involving on-duty rideshare drivers.
However, if you were injured by an Uber or Lyft driver while their rideshare app was turned off, you would have to file your claim against the driver’s personal auto insurance policy. Establishing which party is liable for causing the accident can be a complex task, which is why you should partner with a qualified attorney before taking legal action.
Give me a call. I know the ins-and-outs of the claim process. I can help you avoid the legal obstacles that stand in the way of a fair claim payout. I am committed to using the law to hold responsible parties accountable for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages.
What Are Common Injuries Caused By Rideshare Accidents?
If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need to act fast. First, call the police. Next, you should immediately seek medical treatment, even if you don’t feel like you are injured. It’s important to do this because the symptoms of an injury may not appear until several days or even weeks after an accident occurs.
The most common injuries caused by Uber/Lyft accidents are:
- Fractures or broken bones
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
How An Experienced Lawyer Can Help
Due to the complex legal nature of such claims, it is never a bad idea to get professional help from a lawyer near you – especially if you aren’t very familiar with how to handle such legal matters already.
In order to win your case and recover compensation, you must be able to prove all of the following:
- A “duty of care” was owed to you by the at-fault party.
- The at-fault party breached that duty of care.
- The breach was the direct cause of the rideshare accident.
- The accident resulted in compensable damages, such as medical expenses
or pain and suffering.
Working with a lawyer can make this process much easier. If you delay seeking legal representation, essential evidence might disappear and you may end up making a costly error that your attorney could have helped you avoid.
I will handle your case and perform an investigation into your accident to gather evidence. I can also help you understand which steps you should take and what pitfalls to avoid to give you the best chance of success.