Santa Clarita Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims of Uber & Lyft Accidents Throughout SCV
If you’ve been hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages. An experienced Santa Clarita rideshare accident attorney from the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson can help you navigate the complicated legal process ahead. We can also fight to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are legally entitled to. We offer free consultations, and you pay us nothing unless you win.
Recovering Compensation After an Uber or Lyft Accident
Most rideshare drivers, including Uber and Lyft drivers, are considered “independent contractors.” This limits the rideshare company’s liability in the event of an accident, making these types of claims far more complicated than most normal car accident claims and even some commercial vehicle accident cases.
That being said, both Uber and Lyft provide insurance coverage in the event that one of their drivers causes an accident. The amount of coverage that might be available depends on the specific factors involved, including whether the rideshare driver had picked up a passenger or accepted a ride at the time of the crash.
Both Uber and Lyft recognize three separate driving periods:
- Period One: When the driver has the app turned on but has not accepted a ride or is waiting for a request, neither Uber nor Lyft offer any coverage. Instead, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy is the only source of coverage.
- Period Two: When the driver has accepted a ride and is en route to pick up the passenger, but does not yet have a passenger in the vehicle, Uber and Lyft offer only minimum liability coverage.
- Period Three: When the driver has a passenger in the vehicle, both Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in coverage in the event of an accident caused by the Uber or Lyft driver.
Ultimately, these insurance policies should apply to any accident a passenger is injured in; some insurance companies will claim that they will not pay for damages caused by a driver’s misconduct. This is where the experience of a highly skilled rideshare accident attorney can be critical.
How Uber & Lyft Accident Claims Work
In severe instances, an injured passenger may suffer injuries that surpass the ridesharing company’s insurance policy limits. If this occurs, the driver is partly at fault, and his or her car insurance policy can be targeted to cover the gap between the damage and the paid settlement from the ridesharing insurance policy. The bottom line is that if you’re injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft in Santa Clarita, you could very well be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
Some challenges that a rideshare accident attorney can address include forcing the rideshare company to accept liability and to take on the responsibility to pay for the damages you sustained (the balance) or to force them to pay the entire claim. With the help of one of our Santa Clarita rideshare accident attorneys, you could have a better chance of receiving maximum compensation.
What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Lyft or Uber Accident?
After suffering injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. This evaluation will make sure that there are no underlying injuries that are life-threatening and provide documentation of your injuries that can be used in your lawsuit. The incident should also be reported to the police with a police report put on file (which can also be used in future). The incident should also be reported to the ridesharing company on the app.
Next, reach out to an attorney who can help you navigate the process of filing a claim and seeking compensation. Our Santa Clarita rideshare accident lawyers are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have throughout the process.
Contact an Experienced Uber & Lyft Accident Attorney Today
We offer free consultations to injured victims and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed in all types of rideshare accidents. Whether you were involved in an accident as an Uber passenger, the driver of another vehicle, or even while walking or riding your bicycle, our firm has what it takes to aggressively advocate for your best interests.
We provide our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses and our attorneys’ only collect fees if they successfully obtain a settlement or verdict in your case. Our attorneys are available to assist you in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog.