Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become popular and convenient transportation options in California. Unfortunately, accidents involving rideshare drivers can be more complicated than typical passenger car crashes. Different insurance policies apply depending on the circumstances of the crash. So it is crucial to have a knowledgeable Uber and Lyft accident lawyer handle your personal injury claim right from the start.
With over 30 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, have the skills necessary to make a difference in your case. Founding attorney Travis Black is a former insurance adjuster and law enforcement officer who knows the ins and outs of complex crash claims. Our team will fight fiercely for the fair compensation you deserve.
When you’ve been hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident, you deserve to be heard. Contact us today to learn how a Folsom Uber and Lyft accident lawyer from our firm can help. The consultation is free.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Rideshare Accident in Folsom?
Legal liability and your options for pursuing compensation vary based on the circumstances of the rideshare accident you were involved in:
When the driver is on duty with a passenger
Under California law, rideshare companies must provide insurance coverage for vehicles operating for their networks. When a rideshare driver has a paying passenger in the car and is involved in a crash, the company must provide at least $1 million in liability coverage.
When the driver is on duty and on the way to pick up a passenger
When an Uber or Lyft driver has accepted a ride request and is driving to pick up a passenger, the $1 million insurance coverage requirement also applies.
When the driver is on duty and waiting on a fare
If the rideshare driver is logged into the company’s app and is waiting on a fare, the rideshare company’s insurance obligations are lower. Specifically, rideshare companies are only required to provide insurance coverage minimums of:
- $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident of bodily injury/death liability coverage
- $30,000 in property damage liability coverage
Rideshare companies are also required by law to maintain $200,000 in excess insurance coverage for accidents that happen while a driver is not matched with a passenger.
When the driver is not on duty or logged into the app
If a rideshare driver is not logged into the Uber or Lyft mobile app, they’re not considered to be driving for the rideshare company. That means the driver’s personal insurance coverage would apply in the event of an accident.
When another driver hits your Uber/Lyft
If another driver hits the rideshare vehicle you’re riding in, that driver and their insurance company would usually be responsible for compensation for your injuries and losses.
Demanding Compensation After an Uber or Lyft Accident
If you were hurt in an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle, you might be entitled to recover financial compensation for the losses you incur. In an Uber or Lyft accident claim, you can demand financial recovery for:
- Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation for injuries sustained in the crash
- Long-term care expenses if your injuries result in permanent disabilities
- Loss of income when you miss time from work after an accident
- Loss of earning capacity if disabilities render you unable to return to your job
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life caused by your injuries and resulting disabilities
Determining the full value of your claim will take time. You need to understand the extent of your injuries before accepting an Uber or Lyft accident settlement.
How Long Do You Have to File an Uber or Lyft Claim?
In California, the statute of limitations for motor vehicle accident claims gives you only two years from the date of the crash to file a personal injury lawsuit. This may seem like plenty of time at first. But you need an attorney on your case as soon as possible to begin collecting and preserving evidence. An experienced Lyft and Uber accident lawyer can also manage all communication with the rideshare company and insurance adjusters to ensure your rights are protected.
How a Folsom Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer Can Help You
When you need to file a personal injury claim, a Folsom Uber and Lyft accident attorney from The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, can help you by:
- Independently investigating the crash to recover all evidence to support your claim, such as eyewitness statements and surveillance footage
- Documenting your injuries and expenses so that we can demand full compensation on your behalf
- Working with accident reconstruction experts to build an effective, persuasive argument in favor of your right to compensation
- Filing your claims with the at-fault driver or drivers and their insurance companies, including the insurers for the rideshare company
- Handling settlement negotiations with the insurance adjusters, company representatives, and defense lawyers
- Filing a lawsuit if litigation becomes necessary to continue pursuing your claim
Our legal team will ensure that you fully understand your legal rights and what to expect at each stage of your case. Let us handle all the hard work in preparing your claim so that you can stay focused on your health and getting back to normal life.
How Much Does a Folsom Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer Charge?
Many accident victims worry about getting legal advice because they think lawyers are expensive. Taking on a big company like Uber or Lyft might seem costly, but in actuality, it won’t cost you anything upfront.
When you trust your case to The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, you won’t pay anything out of pocket for us to represent you. Instead, we work on a contingency-fee basis. This means we only get paid if and when we win compensation for you. That way, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll afford a top-notch attorney to represent you. Our interests are aligned, and together, we’ll seek fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Claim After a Rideshare Crash?
After you’ve been involved in a rideshare crash, you can protect your legal rights by:
- Getting the contact and insurance information from the Uber/Lyft driver and all other drivers involved in the accident
- Taking photos or videos of the accident scene with your cellphone
- Reporting the crash to the rideshare company through its mobile application
- Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after the accident to begin treatment for your injuries
- Following any treatment recommendations or instructions that your doctor gives you
- Starting a journal to document how your injuries are affecting your quality of life
- Keeping copies of bills and invoices related to your injuries and the crash, as well as copies of your pay stubs or income statements if you miss time from work
- Avoiding discussing the accident or your claim for compensation on social media or with family and friends
One of the most important steps you can take to protect your rights after a crash is to speak with a Lyft and Uber accident lawyer in Folsom. At The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, we are always available to meet with you ─ anytime and anywhere that’s convenient for you.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Common causes of rideshare accidents in California include:
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Distracted driving, especially texting-while-driving (because rideshare drivers frequently look at their mobile phone and interact with passengers while driving)
- Drowsy or fatigued driving (many rideshare drivers often work long and late hours)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Inexperience with driving
- Unfamiliarity with the area
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance
- Vehicle or car part defects
- Poor road conditions
- Adverse conditions, such as heavy fog, rain, or low lighting
Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Rideshare Accidents
Rideshare accidents, like all kinds of car crashes, can lead to a wide variety of catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputations