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Rideshare Law Office wins support for California victims hurt in rideshare accidents. Victims may have been struck by an Uber driver or were in a Lyft car when it was hit by another vehicle. We make sure injured victims have everything they need to pay for their medical care and rebuild their lives. Please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation for all California injury victims.

Do I Need a Lawyer After a Rideshare Accident?

It’s when your injuries are serious and a rideshare driver is to blame that you should have a legal representative safeguarding your interests. When medical bills run high, rideshare attorneys and insurance adjusters look for ways to help companies like Uber avoid responsibility. Lawyers can try to blame you for an accident or cast doubt on how serious your injuries are.

A California rideshare accident lawyer would fully investigate your accident and collect all evidence available. That includes the powerful evidence uncovered by accident reconstruction teams. These efforts provide rock-solid proof that a rideshare driver and the rideshare company are fully responsible for your hardships. Then Rideshare Law Office would work to secure the most for your injury possible.

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What Kinds of Hazards Do Rideshare Drivers Add to California Roads?

California residents rely on rideshare companies in all kinds of situations. They may take an Uber to work, to school, to a baseball game, or to Disneyland. Parents may book a ride for their children through an app like HopSkipDrive. These are great services that many people count on for affordable and reliable transportation.

Unfortunately, all those ride requests still contribute to the dangers found on many California freeways and boulevards. Rideshare employees aren’t always able to focus only on driving. They must depend on rideshare apps for their livelihoods and that creates an obvious danger when they zip on and out of lanes to reach their customers.

These are just a few of the added challenges rideshare drivers face as they try to earn a living and be cautious on the roads:

  • Constant Notifications – Drivers get notified of ride requests through their phones. It’s a constant distraction that requires a reaction as to whether the driver will accept the job or not. While looking at a cellphone, Uber drivers can veer into the car beside them, or even worse, cross a yellow line to create a head-on collision.
  • Reckless Behavior – Rideshare drivers need to make riders happy to get good ratings and to keep their jobs. They can be tempted to hit the gas or make reckless moves to get a passenger to the destination. These are actions that lead to collisions for all motorists.
  • Cruising for Customers — Lyft employees can spend half of their shifts or more without a passenger. They often crowd California streets and highways as they wander until finding someone who wants a ride. It’s all extra time that distracted rideshare workers are on the road and potentially accident risks.
  • Driver Condition – We can all have a bad day at work or a bad night of sleep, but Lyft drivers battle these issues while on freeways and busy roads.  They may be drowsy or experiencing emotional turmoil as they try to complete a rideshare shift. These issues only add to the distraction and inattention on the road.

Take Advantage of a Free Consultation with California’s Rideshare Law Office

Accident victims should also contact a skilled California rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. After getting the medical care they need, accident victims often replace worries about their health with worries over how they’ll pay the stack of doctor bills they’ve built up.

These bills can come at a time when people hurt in an Uber accident are suddenly without their weekly paycheck because they can’t work. It’s a recipe for a financial disaster.

But California victims should never feel alone. They can schedule a one-on-one consultation with a real lawyer. Rideshare Law Office wants to hear about what happened to you. We’ll go over how you can secure the maximum in compensation as soon as possible.

Your case review is confidential and there’s no obligation to hire us to represent your case. But if you feel we can help you earn more from companies like Uber or Lyft, you won’t need any money to hire us. We don’t get paid unless we win your case for you.

We help the victims of accidents involving these rideshares and more:

Does Uber Have Insurance for Accidents?

Rideshare companies usually have supplemental insurance for their drivers. Transportation giants Uber and Lyft maintain $1 million policies, but that money is only available under certain circumstances. What victims have access to will depend on what job phase the driver was in when the accident occurred.

Stage One: This is when the driver is logged into the app for the rideshare and is awaiting ride requests. When they are officially on the clock and before accepting a ride request or having a passenger in the car, drivers are protected by an Uber or Lyft policy for personal injury liability at $50,000 per person and $100,000 total per occurrence. There is also $25,000 of property damage coverage.

Stage Two: A $1 million policy kicks in if an accident occurs once the driver is on the way to a ride request or has a passenger in the car. segment begins when a driver puts his or her vehicle in gear to fulfill an Uber customer’s request for transportation services. The $1 million in liability and uninsured motorist insurance is triggered. It means that victims can secure up to $1 million in coverage if they can prove the driver’s and Uber’s liability.

Off The Clock: If the driver is on the road without having opened the app and isn’t technically working then Uber or Lyft generally wouldn’t accept blame for an accident. However, all drivers for Uber and Lyft are also required to have their own auto insurance.

In most accident cases involving a rideshare vehicle, a claim would need to be filed with the driver’s personal insurance first. Yet, these policies can have very low limits and leave victims short of the money they need to pay all of their medical bills. Once that policy is exhausted, it’s important to hold the rideshare employer fully responsible for anything the driver’s policy didn’t cover. Your rideshare accident lawyer would demand full compensation for every hardship on your behalf.

How Much Is My Rideshare Accident Worth?

A skilled car accident lawyer will need to hear about the details of your crash and investigate the circumstances before being able to provide you with an accurate estimate of what you might earn.

The severity of your injury and how long recovery will take play a large role in how much you’ll need to demand in a settlement. These aspects affect the final total on your medical bills and how many paychecks you ultimately lose at work while healing.

Passengers in rideshare vehicles can be thrown into the seat in front of them to suffer a concussion. They may hit the door or window resulting in a deep cut. A rear-end collision could jam a backseat occupant’s legs into the floorboard to break an ankle bone. These injuries can result in immediate ambulance fees and emergency room bills. And the medical expenses can continue on for months as victims try to rehabilitate.

Your lawyer would be demanding full compensation for your current hardships and those that lie ahead.

These are just a few of the damages that must factor into a rideshare accident settlement check:

  • Medical expenses, both past and future.
  • Support for physical pain suffered.
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability.
  • Support for the emotional toll a crash and a difficult recovery take.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Lost wages, both past and future.
  • Wrongful death benefits. These are benefits for close relatives such as a spouse or children of a victim tragically killed in a rideshare accident.

What If I’m a Rideshare Driver Injured After an Accident?

Passengers aren’t the only parties at risk in an accident involving a rideshare. Too often, rideshare drivers are hit by inattentive drivers sharing the road. There is also the risk of an unruly passenger who attacks their driver. In either case, it is essential that the driver seek representation if they are severely injured. They cannot trust the other party’s insurance company to provide a fair settlement.

Instead, the insurance might try to take advantage of the fact that the victim is a rideshare driver and try to pin the blame on them. We represent rideshare drivers so that they can receive a fair settlement for their medical bills, wages lost, and any other financial damages that they are owed. Learn more about how we can help on our Rideshare Driver Injury page.

Assaults by Rideshare Drivers on Passengers

The customer’s safety should be the number one concern for any rideshare company. However, each year, passengers become the victims of physical and sexual assault in rideshare cars.

Professional drivers who commit these acts will face criminal charges, but victims can also seek justice by filing civil lawsuits against the rideshare company that exposed customers to harm. A company like Uber or Lyft may have failed to do a proper background check on its drivers, exposing their riders to the risk of attack. Rideshare companies may have contributed to a dangerous situation through their policies and hiring process.

Rideshare Law Office compassionately represents assault victims and makes sure they receive support so they can focus on physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Our lawyers handle the frustrating and emotionally traumatic aspects of the legal process of earning justice. This way, victims are able to focus on healing with as little disruption to their lives as possible.

You can find out more information on our page about assault claims against rideshare companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions After Rideshare Accidents

No. Stick to basic information. Insurers and corporate attorneys will call and ask you to make a recorded statement about what happened. Decline. They hope that you’ll say something that can be twisted to hurt your injury claim. Refer them to your Rideshare Law Office representative.

In California, you have up to two years after an accident to file a claim. But you shouldn’t wait years to file. Alert your lawyer to your case as soon as you can so your lawyer can access fresh evidence and track down witnesses before they disappear.

You can still count on excellent legal representation. Rideshare Law Office doesn’t get paid unless we are successful in earning compensation for you. Then, your lawyer is paid out of the settlement a company like Uber or Lyft must provide.

Take Advantage of a Free Consultation with California’s Rideshare Law Office

Accident victims should also contact a skilled California rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. After getting the medical care they need, accident victims often replace worries about their health with worries over how they’ll pay the stack of doctor bills they’ve built up.

These bills can come at a time when people hurt in an Uber accident are suddenly without their weekly paycheck because they can’t work. It’s a recipe for a financial disaster.

But California victims should never feel alone. They can schedule a one-on-one consultation with a real lawyer. Rideshare Law Office wants to hear about what happened to you. We’ll go over how you can secure the maximum in compensation as soon as possible.

Your case review is confidential and there’s no obligation to hire us to represent your case. But if you feel we can help you earn more from companies like Uber or Lyft, you won’t need any money to hire us. We don’t get paid unless we win your case for you.

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