Uber Accidents: Passengers’ Rights
Representing Injured Uber Passengers Throughout Los Angeles
As rideshare services like Uber and Lyft become increasingly popular, passengers are more likely to be injured in automobile accidents. While California law requires ridesharing companies and drivers to carry specific types and amounts of insurance, determining liability and recovering damages can be complicated. If you were injured while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, it is important to understand your rights.
At J&Y Law, we have up-to-date legal knowledge about rideshare accident claims in Northern and Southern California. Our legal team has a well-deserved reputation for giving each client individual attention and providing them with aggressive legal representation. Because we work on a contingency basis, you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we win damages for you. Guided by a principle that every case matters, we will fight to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Why Uber and Lyft Are So Popular
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are widely used for a number of reasons. Rideshare drivers respond quickly, arrive at your precise location and transport you to your exact destination for less money than a taxi. Rideshare vehicles also tend to be cleaner and more comfortable because they are privately owned. In addition, fares are paid through an app, so you don’t need to carry cash, and passengers rate drivers at the end of the ride. Despite these advantages, Uber and Lyft accidents are not uncommon, sometimes with devastating consequences.
Injuries Suffered in Rideshare Accidents
Although Uber and Lyft drivers are said to be more careful because they are independent contractors who use their own vehicles, the same injuries can affect rideshare passengers as in other car accidents, such as:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head Injuries (e.g., skull fractures, concussions, traumatic brain injuries)
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
In worst case scenarios, catastrophic injuries may result in paralysis, amputation, brain damage, loss of vision or hearing, or wrongful death, and the medical costs and emotional burden can be difficult for rideshare accident victims and their loved ones to bear. This is why it takes an adept rideshare accident attorney to fight for your right to just compensation.
Recovering Damages in a Rideshare Accident
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the ridesharing company’s insurance coverage. Under the California Vehicle Code, rideshare companies must carry a mandatory minimum of $1 million in automobile insurance and such policies are required to be the primary coverage for damages caused while rideshare drivers are providing a rideshare service.
Nonetheless, insurance and liability issues are complicated. Rideshare companies typically deny any liability for the actions of their drivers while insurance companies often try to minimize payouts after an accident. In the event a passenger sustains injuries that exceed the rideshare company’s policy limits, it may be necessary to look to the rideshare driver’s personal car insurance to recover the remaining damages.
If a third-party is deemed to be at least partly at fault, the state’s law of comparative negligence applies, in which case it may be possible to recover damages from the rideshare company, the rideshare driver, and the other vehicle driver, based on the percentage of liability assigned to each party. Given the complexities involved in pursuing claims after an Uber or Lyft accident, it is important to contact J&Y Law so we can help you recover the damages you deserve.
Generally, there are two types of damages available in personal injury claims — economic and non-economic. Economic damages are designed to compensate you for medical costs, lost wages (present and future), permanent disability, and any other financial losses suffered. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, cover intangible losses such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of quality of life.
What should I do if I am injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Los Angeles?
If you are injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself. First, seek medical assistance even if you do not think that you were seriously injured. A medical evaluation will make sure that any injuries are properly treated and do not become life-threatening. Moreover, records of the evaluation will be important evidence in your personal injury claim. In addition, you should report the accident to the police, since their report will provide helpful details in your claim. The accident should also be reported to Uber or Lyft on the APP, which will create a permanent record with the company. Finally, speak to an experienced rideshare accident attorney who knows how to handle these claims.
Los Angeles Uber Passenger Accident Attorneys
At J&Y Law, we know that being involved in a car accident can be overwhelming, especially for passengers who have been injured in a rideshare vehicle. We will take the time to investigate the details of your rideshare accident, explore all of your options, and aggressively fight for your rights. Call out office today or complete the convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.