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California Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers


We live in a world where Uber and Lyft have become a significant source of transportation for individuals who do not have, or for whatever reason are unable to operate, a motor vehicle. If you are going to spend a Friday night out at the bar with some friends, you can call an Uber or a Lyft to drive you to and from the bar. That way, you aren’t driving while under the influence and can enjoy yourself responsibly. Uber and Lyft also come in handy when you need to travel somewhere that would be too far to walk or to onerous to take a bus to.

However, the more people using these ride sharing apps, means the more risk for potential accidents. Some of the most common being car and pedestrian accidents. Should you find yourself injured as a result of someone else's negligence, contact the California Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at The May Firm for a risk free injury consultations. Our attorneys are dedicated to getting each and every one of our clients the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve.

Uber & Lyft Insurance Coverage

Any person who drives for Uber or Lyft is required to carry their own car insurance, which often covers injuries of passengers in the event of an accident. This insurance requirement is imposed by California law and affects everyone who owns and operates a motor vehicle, regardless of whether they drive for companies like Uber or Lyft. Transportation companies, Uber and Lyft included, carry their own insurance policies in the event that their drivers are involved in an accident.

Uber, in particular, insures its drivers with a $1 million policy. Under this policy, Uber is liable for any damages up to the difference between the at-fault driver’s policy limit and Uber’s $1 million policy limit. In other words, if an at-fault driver’s insurance policy covers $30,000 in damages, Uber is liable for a maximum of $970,000 if such a payout is required. Typically, accidents will not result in $1 million in damages so reaching Uber’s policy limit in a single accident is highly unlikely.

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Uber or Lyft Accident Scenarios

Car accidents can have multiple shapes and forms and those involving an Uber or Lyft are no exception. Common Uber/Lyft accidents may include pedestrians being struck by an Uber/Lyft driver, other drivers being stuck by an Uber/Lyft driver, a passenger in an Uber/Lyft being struck by another driver, or a passenger in an Uber/Lyft accident that was caused by their own driver.

Uber and Lyft are liable to any and all pedestrians and other drivers on the road. If a driver hired by Uber or Lyft causes an accident, then the company is liable to accident victims. This is usually true if an Uber or Lyft passenger is injured in an accident that was caused by someone other than their own driver.

If you were hurt in an accident that involved an Uber or a Lyft, regardless of whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or other driver on the roadway, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. If the insurance policy carried by the person responsible for causing the accident does not cover the total cost of your medical bills and other associated expenses, contact a personal injury lawyer today to speak about filing a claim! The attorneys at The May Firm specialize in representing Uber/Lyft accident victims in court.

Pedestrians Struck by an Uber or Lyft Driver

One of the most dangerous accidents that Uber and Lyft could be held liable for is an accident that involves a pedestrian being struck by an Uber or Lyft driver. A car weighs several tons and can cause catastrophic injuries to a human being. If a pedestrian is struck by an Uber or Lyft driver who ran a red light while crossing the street, they are entitled to sue both the driver and the company for their injuries.

Pedestrians have the right of way in California. If a pedestrian enters the roadway, cars are expected to stop and allow them to cross safely, even if they are not crossing at a crosswalk. Even if they step out onto the roadway without looking both ways or even paying attention, any driver who strikes them is still generally liable for their injuries. Uber and Lyft drivers are no exception.

If you are a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber or Lyft driver, you should contact an attorney immediately (after seeking medical attention!). Don’t accept any offers made by the driver’s insurance company until you’ve met with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies often offer small settlements to accident victims in an attempt to avoid litigation or bearing the full financial burden of their injuries. While these settlements often cover your medical expenses, they aren’t always enough to compensate you for any other expenses incurred as a result of the accident or for any emotional damage you may have suffered. The May Firm can help to ensure that you are adequately compensated by the driver’s insurance company and, if necessary, Uber/Lyft’s insurance policy.

Drivers Struck by an Uber or Lyft Driver

Accidents between motor vehicles on the roadway are all too common in California. With the popularity of transportation companies like Uber and Lyft surging, accidents involving their drivers contribute to the ever-growing rate of motor vehicle accidents. Just like any other drivers on the road, Uber and Lyft drivers may be involved in an accident at any time.

Drivers who are struck by an Uber or Lyft driver are, just like Uber/Lyft passengers, covered by the company’s $1 million insurance policy. If a driver is involved in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, they are entitled to compensation for their injuries first from the driver’s own insurance company and then from Uber/Lyft if the driver’s policy is inadequate.

If you were struck by an Uber or Lyft driver while driving your car, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. After seeking any necessary medical attention, contact a personal injury lawyer quickly. The May Firm will ensure that you receive the payout that you deserve rather than what the insurance companies want to pay you.

Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Struck by Someone Else

The state of California does not leave Uber/Lyft passengers injured in an accident caused by someone other than their Uber/Lyft driver without a legal remedy. If another driver strikes an Uber or Lyft and the passenger is injured, they may seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company and, if necessary, from Uber/Lyft’s insurance policy. The Uber/Lyft driver doesn’t usually need to be the one at fault for a passenger to recover against the company.

Contact an Uber/Lyft accident lawyer right away if you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft that was struck by another driver. The May Firm will take the stress that often comes with dealing with insurance companies off of your shoulders and go to bat for you. If the other driver’s insurance policy is inadequate, we will also seek a payout from Uber/Lyft’s insurance policy.

Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Accident Caused by Your Own Driver

If a passenger in an Uber or Lyft is injured in an accident caused by their own driver, they are entitled to compensation for their injuries. They first may recover from the driver’s own insurance policy and then, if that policy is inadequate, from the policy carried by Uber/Lyft.

When you get into an Uber or Lyft driver’s car, you are entrusting them with your safety. You expect them to obey all traffic laws and to drive with caution. If your driver fails to exercise appropriate caution and causes an accident of any nature that ultimately leaves you injured, you have a right to seek reimbursement for your medical bills and compensation for any other expenses that you may incur as a result of your injuries.

If you were an Uber or Lyft passenger and were hurt in an accident caused by your own driver, a skilled personal injury attorney will be able to help you recover damages. If necessary, they will represent you in court. After you seek and receive medical treatment and begin to recover medically, give an attorney at The May Firm a call to begin the process of financial recovery.

Tips for Uber & Lyft Passengers

In a perfect world, you could reach out to Uber or Lyft for a ride and get to your destination safely and without hassle. Unfortunately, accidents happen. As an Uber/Lyft passenger, there are certain steps that you can take to protect yourself both before and after an accident.

  • Screenshot and/or download your trip information - Transportation companies like Uber and Lyft provide passengers with certain information prior to their trip, such as the name of their driver, vehicle information, the route they are expected to take to their destination, and departure/arrival estimates.

  • Contact a lawyer immediately - The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer after the accident, the sooner you can be compensated for your injuries. Your lawyer can communicate with the insurance companies, negotiate settlements, and represent you in court. They also have the necessary channels to obtain information that you may not necessarily have access to as a passenger.

  • Request a copy of the driver’s “driving” information - Uber drivers are monitored by the company. There is an app that monitors their vehicle’s speed, braking, G forces, and location. If your Uber driver caused an accident by speeding, this data will have been recorded during your trip. However, such information is not usually available to the public. Your lawyer can request that this data be preserved at the onset of litigation and sent over for review.

After an Uber or Lyft Accident

Regardless of how the accident unfolded, you have a right to sue for compensation for your injuries if you were hurt by someone else’s actions. Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or another driver on the roadway, Uber/Lyft are liable to you if the driver’s personal insurance policy does not adequately compensate you for your medical expenses and any other associated costs.

Your first course of action after an Uber/Lyft accident should be to seek medical attention. Shortly thereafter, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer. They will be able to assess the facts of your case and establish the best course of action. In some cases, they may pressure the insurance company to increase their settlement offer. In others, they may recommend litigation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.

The May Firm: California Personal Injury Lawyers for Uber and Lyft Accidents

If you were hurt in any kind of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, contact The May Firm today! Our experienced personal injury lawyers specialize in Uber and Lyft accidents. We understand that recovering from any kind of injury can be exhausting, time-consuming, and overwhelming. Let us take some of the weight off your shoulders and fight for the compensation that you deserve!

The May Firm operates on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t make a penny until and unless you recover. We also offer a free initial consultation to review the specifics of your situation and develop a plan of action for your particular case. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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