Los Angeles County Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Uber & Lyft Accident Claims in Southern California
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident with a rideshare vehicle, you might be wondering what happens next. Rideshare accident claims are significantly more complicated than those involving private or commercial vehicles because liability-wise they exist in a gray area somewhere in between the two. Companies like Lyft and Uber work only with independent contractors, and because their drivers are not actually considered “employees” this has helped the rideshare giants avoid accident liability in the past.
Fortunately, both Uber and Lyft now provide coverage to accident victims in certain cases but navigating such claims can be tricky.
What Happens When Someone is Injured in an Accident with a Lyft or Uber Driver?
People who drive for Uber and Lyft work as independent contractors, meaning they make their own hours and use their personal vehicle to pick up fares. The fact that drivers work independently means that Lyft and Uber are often successful at dodging accident liability when one of their drivers causes a crash; it also complicates insurance matters because technically most auto insurance companies do not allow their policyholders to use a private vehicle for commercial purposes—which is exactly what rideshare drivers are forced to do.
What usually happens when someone is injured in a crash caused by a rideshare driver is this:
- The injured party files a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
- The insurance company denies the claim because the at-fault driver was using their car for commercial purposes
- The injured party then files a claim with Lyft or Uber
- The claim gets approved or denied
- If denied, the injured party may be able to take legal action against Uber or Lyft
However, it should be noted that Uber and Lyft do not provide coverage if the rideshare driver is at fault for an accident that occurred while they were not logged in to the rideshare service’s app and openly accepting fares. Uber and Lyft’s coverage only kicks in when their drivers are “on the clock.”
Should I Contact a Car Accident Attorney?
The Burbank rideshare accident attorneys at Block LLP can simplify the claims process and help you secure just compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft. Our team of seasoned attorneys will collaborate on the strategy best suited to your claim and are willing to go up against even the largest ridesharing companies in court if necessary.
Whether you have been injured in a rideshare accident while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, driving your own vehicle, or while walking or cycling, we will fight for your right to just compensation so you can get the medical treatment you need and take care of other accident-related expenses stress-free.
To learn more, contact us now for your free consultation.
Contact an Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney Today!
If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of a rideshare driver, it shouldn’t be up to you to be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses related to the crash. The Block LLP team are seasoned litigators and are unafraid of standing up to large companies like Uber and Lyft when our clients’ health is on the line. We will do everything we can to help you obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve.
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