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California Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers

We live in a world where Uber and Lyft have become a significant transportation resource 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 and would take too long with spotty public transportation.

However, the more people using these ridesharing 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 need – even if the rideshare companies are making the process more complicated than a simple accident between two motorists.

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UBER & LYFT Accident INSURANCE COVERAGE

Anyone who drives for Uber or Lyft is required to carry their own car insurance. These policies will provide some coverage for passengers, but coverage can be limited. Insurance requirements in California require both drivers and rideshare companies to carry liability insurance. For this reason both Uber and Lyft 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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PEDESTRIANS STRUCK BY AN UBER OR LYFT DRIVER

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One of the most dangerous accidents involving an Uber or Lyft is when a pedestrian is struck by a reckless rideshare driver. A car weighs several tons and can cause catastrophic injuries to a human being.

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 a pedestrian steps out onto the roadway without looking both ways, 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 a personal injury attorney immediately (after seeking medical attention!). Don’t accept any offer 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. These settlement offers are normally a fraction of the total amount you may be entitled to.

While these settlements often cover your medical expenses, they usually fail to cover your pain and suffering, or lost income from missed days at work. If you need ongoing medical treatment, these low-ball settlement offers get used up very quickly. 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.

TIPS FOR UBER & LYFT PASSENGERS Involved in an Accident in California

In a perfect world, you could reach out to Uber or Lyft for a ride and get to your destination safely, hassle-free. 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.

Of course, the most important tip we can provide accident victims is to seek medical attention right away. Many injuries do not fully present themselves until weeks or even months after an accident. A physician’s report will highlight these injuries and alert you to the treatment and follow-up care you need.

Your health is the number one priority. Next, is ensuring you have the financial resources to cover medical expenses, lost income and any emotional trauma. You don’t have to fight this alone. We are standing by to help you understand your rights and choose the best path forward.

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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.

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AFTER AN UBER OR LYFT ACCIDENT

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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. The May Firm will be able to assess the facts of your case and establish the best course of action. In some cases, we may pressure the insurance company to increase their settlement offer. In others, we may recommend litigation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.

No matter which course makes the most sense, the biggest immediate benefit our clients experience is an end to the harassing calls from insurance companies and lawyers representing the people responsible for your injuries. There’s nothing worse than trying to win at a game when you don’t even know the rules – and that’s how insurance companies look at these situations. They will always protect their profits at the expense of your family’s financial future – if they can get away with it.

THE MAY FIRM: CALIFORNIA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS FOR UBER & 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!

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The May Firm operates on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t make a penny until and unless we help you recover financial compensation to help cover your unexpected expenses. 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!

The May Firm has offices located in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Ventura, Bakersfield, and Fresno. Give us a call at 1-(866) 619-6679 today. We are here for you!