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.
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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.
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.