There are more than 300,000 rideshare drivers on the road in California, and ridesharing accidents (often referred to as ridesharing accidents) are becoming increasingly common. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a rideshare driver’s negligence, it is crucial to contact an experienced Los Angeles ridesharing accident attorney right away.
At J&Y Law, we have extensive experience handling car accidents, specifically ridesharing accidents, and holding the responsible parties accountable, including rideshare drivers and companies like Uber and Lyft.
Because of the complicated insurance rules involved in these claims, it takes a knowledgeable attorney to win you meaningful compensation.
When you become our client, your case will be handled by an experienced ridesharing accident attorney with a proven history of success in injury claims. We know that being injured in a car accident is overwhelming and we will offer you compassionate, effective legal representation. Contact our office today so we can start working on your claim.
If you have been in a ridesharing accident recently, review our guide for what to do after a rideshare accident.
Factors Involved in a Ridesharing Accident (or Ride-sharing Accident)
With so many rideshare vehicles on the road today, it comes as no surprise that more accidents occur. Some of the factors contributing to a ride-sharing accident include:
- Rideshare companies do not adequately check drivers’ backgrounds – rideshare drivers only need to be licensed for 1 year before hire, and they are not drug tested or fingerprinted
- Rideshare drivers work long shifts and many have more than one job, which increases the risk of driver fatigue
- Rideshare drivers constantly use their GPS to navigate and smartphones to connect with passengers, increasing the risk of distracted driving
Ultimately, these accidents are caused by driver’s negligence and/or the negligence of other motorists. Not only can rideshare passengers be victims of rideshare accidents, but occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians can also be harmed. No matter your situation, you can trust J&Y Law to fight for every dollar you deserve.
Insurance Coverage in a Los Angeles Ridesharing Accident
Our ridesharing accident attorneys will explore all your options for recovering damages. These claims are often resolved through negotiations with insurance companies, and coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the accident.
When the ridesharing app is off, the driver’s motor vehicle insurance will be the primary source of coverage. If the driver has not been connected with a passenger but the app is on, the driver must carry more than the minimum required coverage. The ridesharing company is also required to provide $200,000 in additional liability insurance.
When a rideshare driver is traveling with a passenger, the rideshare company must carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in liability insurance, which will be the primary source of coverage for damages.
Rideshare accidents can become more complicated if another motorist shares any fault for the accident. Depending on the circumstances, your claim may involve the rideshare driver’s insurance company, the rideshare company’s insurance carrier, and the insurer of a third party.
What Los Angeles J&Y Law Can Do to Help
Once you become our client, we will handle all the details of your claim, including:
- Investigating the car accident site
- Obtaining and reviewing the police report
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Collecting medical records to support your claims
- Filing all legal paperwork promptly
- Negotiating with the insurance company and their attorneys
While insurance companies have a legal obligation to honor the terms of insurance policies, insurers often put profits ahead of the injured and attempt to pay as little as possible. At J&Y Law, we never settle for less. If the insurance company fails to make a reasonable and just offer, we will take them to court to win you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Ridesharing Accident Damages We Will Fight For
Our rideshare accident attorneys understand your concerns about the mounting medical expenses and depleted savings when you are unable to work. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain the medical and financial resources you need and charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to significant compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages, such as
- Medical expenses
- Cost of rehabilitative care
- Long-term nursing care
- Lost income (present and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability/disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have lost a loved one in a ridesharing accident, we can help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and the loss of financial support and guidance your loved one would have provided. No amount of money can replace a life, but you deserve compensation that will help to secure your financial future and give you peace of mind.
Contact An Experienced Los Angeles, California Ridesharing Accident Attorney Today!
Ridesharing services provide passengers with a convenient way to travel, but accidents should not be part of the bargain. At J&Y Law, we have the knowledge and skill to hold rideshare companies and their drivers accountable and will make sure your rights are protected. Once you become our client, you will have comfort knowing our rideshare accident attorneys are at your side. Contact our office today for a free consultation.