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California Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Attorneys

Rideshare services are increasingly popular. Uber alone has at least 200,000 drivers in California, and Lyft is not far behind. Whether you don’t have a car or you want to avoid driving under the influence, ridesharing can be very convenient.

However, accidents can – and do – happen. If you’re injured in a rideshare accident, the May Firm can help. Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers offer free consultations to all prospective clients. We can explain if you have a claim and, if so, how much it could be worth. 

Contact our rideshare accident lawyers to learn more.  

Common Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare crashes often involve more than one vehicle and, on some occasions, pedestrians and cyclists.

You normally have two years from the accident date to make a rideshare accident claim. Are you unsure whether your accident qualifies? Call our Lyft and Uber accident lawyers today. 

Lyft and Rideshare Accident Causes

Rideshare accidents happen for many reasons, including:

  • Distracted driving 
  • Speeding 
  • Tailgating 
  • Intoxication  
  • Fatigue

Rideshare drivers could be in a hurry to complete jobs. This may increase the chances of being in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver.

Rideshare Accident Injuries

As with any car crash, the injuries can be severe. Common rideshare crash injuries include:

  • Whiplash 
  • Back injuries 
  • Head injuries 
  • Broken bones 
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Muscle damage  

Catastrophic, life-changing injuries include internal organ damage, nerve damage, and limb loss.

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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 Fresno require both drivers and rideshare companies to carry liability insurance. For this reason, both Uber and Lyft carry their own insurance policies if 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

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. 

Protecting Yourself After a Rideshare Service 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. 

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 Lyft accident attorney quickly. The May Firm will ensure that you receive the payout that you deserve rather than what the insurance companies want to pay you. 

What if I’m in a Rideshare and Another Car Hits Us?

If you’re injured while traveling in a rideshare vehicle, you have legal remedies. If another car strikes your car, and you’re injured as a passenger, you can seek damages from the at-fault driver. You may also have a claim against the Uber/Lyft driver’s insurance policy.

Contact a Lyft accident lawyer right away if you were a passenger in a rideshare vehicle. 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. Whether you need a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles, we can help.

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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. 

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. 

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. 

After an Uber or Lyft Accident

If you’re hurt by an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, you have legal rights. You’re entitled to seek damages for your injuries and financial losses – here’s how to proceed.

  • Gather evidence from the scene e.g. pictures, videos.  
  • Get medical help immediately, even if you don’t think you have serious injuries.  
  • Collect any proof of losses e.g. receipts, medical bills.  
  • Call an Uber or Lyft car accident lawyer in CA.

When you hire an Uber or Lyft accident attorney, they’ll get to work immediately. They will recommend one of two options: 

  • Negotiating with the insurance company to settle the case. 
  • Litigating the case (taking it to court) to get you a fair settlement.

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. 

How Our Uber Accident Lawyers Can Help

Have you been in a rideshare accident? Contact the May Firm today! Our experienced rideshare accident lawyers are waiting to help.  

  • We offer free initial consultations. Our team can review your personal injury claim and determine if you have a case.  
  • Should you hire us, we won’t make a penny unless we win your case. Yes, that’s right. You don’t pay us anything unless we’re successful!
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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 (866) 619-6679 today. We are here for you! 

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There are many good reasons why you should contact a law firm for legal representation should you find yourself in a car accident. Vehicle repair, medical expenses, and emotional trauma are just some of the repercussions of a crash that may need to be addressed. Having the proper support from an experienced legal team like the May Firm ensures you get the care and the financial compensation you need, at no out-of-pocket cost to you.

Call us for a free consultation at 1-(866) 622-6491. We will put you in contact with our Uber car accident lawyers.

As a family-run business, the May Firm understands how damaging a setback a car crash can be, and we want to help. We know the complications that pile up in the wake of an auto accident can quickly feel overwhelming. Let us give you the assistance you need to get back on your feet, and back on the road.

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