Santa Clarita Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Uber & Lyft Accident Cases
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.
On This Page
- Common Rideshare Accident Injuries
- Recovering Compensation
- How Uber & Lyft Accident Claims Work
- What Should I Do After Being Injured in an Accident?
- Proving Negligence
Representing Victims of Uber & Lyft Accidents Throughout SCV
Rideshare accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be severe and life-altering. It is important to understand the potential injuries that can occur in these accidents, as it can help you seek the appropriate medical treatment and compensation for your damages.
Here are some common injuries that victims may sustain in rideshare accidents:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention after a rideshare accident, even if you do not feel any pain or notice any visible injuries. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms right away, and delaying treatment can worsen your condition.
If you have suffered any of these injuries or other harm in a rideshare accident, our experienced Valencia rideshare accident attorneys are here to help. We will fight for your rights and work tirelessly to recover the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to recovering compensation after a rideshare accident, one of the key factors is proving negligence. Negligence refers to the failure of one party to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm or injury to another party. In the case of rideshare accidents, negligence can be attributed to the rideshare driver, another driver involved in the accident, or even the rideshare company itself.
Proving negligence requires a thorough investigation and gathering of evidence, including:
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Surveillance footage
- Cell phone records
- Rideshare company records
Our experienced Valencia rideshare accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation and gather the necessary evidence to establish negligence. We will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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.