Uber / Lyft Accidents

Northern California Car Accident Lawyer

Ride share applications have become incredibly popular throughout the country. These ride share services promise users a safe ride in exchange for money, and they operate similarly to taxi cabs. The defining difference, however, rests on the fact that Uber, Lyft, and ride share drivers are not considered employees for these companies, and are instead most often classified as independent contractors. This fact alone can introduce unique issues when it comes to liability during the personal injury claim process and how coverage will work when injured victims seek financial compensation for their damages, including their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, our personal injury attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of victims who have suffered preventable harm in all types of auto accidents. Over the past several years, we have seen an increasing amount of wrecks involving ride share services. While these services are popular and serve a valuable purpose, nearly anyone can drive for them, and those drivers may not always exercise the caution and reasonable measures of safety needed to keep passengers and the public safe. Ride share drivers are also required to use a smart phone application when transporting customers, which can increase crash risks due to distracted driving.

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Personal Injury Claims Involving Uber / Lyft Accidents

When Uber or Lyft accidents occur, they demand an experienced and meticulous investigation, as the unique facts at hand can introduce many challenges for victims seeking a full and fair recovery of their damages. The nature of your accident plays the largest role in determining who can be held liable for your damages and how much coverage may be available. For example, rideshare accidents may occur in one of several ways:

  • You are injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft.
  • You are injured by an Uber or Lyft driver who is transporting a fare at the time of the collision.
  • You are injured by an Uber or Lyft driver who is in between trips, but has the phone application on.
  • You are injured by an Uber or Lyft driver who is not using the app at the time of the crash.

These situations may all entail different liability and coverage policies. For example, most ride share services have a $1 million liability policy when passengers are injured during a trip. This includes coverage for third party liability and accidents involving uninsured or underinsured drivers. This is a substantial commercial liability policy, and it can prove essential to ensuring that victims recover the compensation they need to recover and rebuild their lives.

In other situations, coverage and liability can vary. For instance, in wrecks where a driver is available and has the app turn on, victims may be covered by the driver’s personal insurance or the contingent liability policy of the ride share service, which was lower policy limits than if the driver were transporting a fare. In accidents where an Uber or Lyft driver causes a wreck while not working or using the app, victims will need to pursue compensation through their personal insurance.

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Our legal team is committed to working openly with our clients, educating them about their rights, and explaining how we can help them explore all available avenues for compensation. By leveraging our extensive experience, we can help level the playing field between the injured and the massive insurance companies they face; insurance companies that want to pay as little as possible by disputing fault and liability. In every case, we devote the time needed to conduct individualized investigations, and to pursue to maximum compensation possible. It is why we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients since 1999.

Have questions about your rights or the rights of a loved one following an Uber or Lyft accident? Contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley for a FREE consultation. We are available 24/7 to help, and offer home, hospital, and weekend appointments.

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