California Rideshare Accidents
The Los Angeles County area is the most populous area in the United States. Traffic is incredibly congested and ridesharing offers a convenient solution for many California residents.
Over the years Uber and Lyft have made ridesharing even more convenient. Studies indicate that rideshare options makes the streets safer, reducing both driving under the influence (DUI) arrests and fatal traffic accidents.
Unfortunately, there are complications as well. Liability can be difficult to determine when ridesharing results in an accident. If the passenger, driver of another car, pedestrian or bicyclist is injured, it can be hard to pinpoint who is at fault.
If you were injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle, it is to your advantage to speak with an attorney experienced in handling rideshare car accident claims as soon as possible.
Ridesharing Attorney in Los Angeles, California
Have you been involved in an accident with Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharer driver in the Los Angeles County or Tulare County area? Liability can be hard to determine. You need an aggressive experienced accident attorney to represent you.
Damages in a personal injury claim can be life changing. Financial costs are a burden to your already busy life. The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC are qualified legal professionals who best understand how ridesharing is translated into the law.
Our firm founder, Attorney Yarian has handled cases with settlements in the millions. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area contact us. We represent clients throughout the Central District of California and surrounding areas including Los Angeles, Irvine, Visalia, Glendale, Pasadena, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
Dial (844) 291-1911 or submit an online contact form for a free consultation today.
Overview for Ridesharing Accidents in California
Liability in Uber, Lyft, and other Ridesharing Cases
One reason rideshare accident cases are complicated is the intricate nature of automobile insurance for rideshare drivers. In most car accident cases, the responsible driver will have automobile insurance. That insurance company will be responsible for paying any claims against the driver.
Some drivers operate vehicles without insurance. If they are in an accident, the injured party’s own uninsured motorist coverage will apply. However, most personal automobile insurance policies do not cover rideshare services.
California law provides greater protection than most state. The California Legislature has required rideshare companies to provide $1 million in liability coverage from the moment the driver is matched with a passenger through drop-off.
Gaps in Rideshare Insurance Coverage
The company-provided insurance generally does not cover an accident that occurs while the driver is logged in to the app waiting for a match. The driver’s personal automobile insurance carrier may argue that this phase constitutes the commercial use of the vehicle and deny coverage.
Some rideshare drivers who have not yet been matched with a passenger may be liable for an accident. In this occurrence, both insurance companies may attempt to deny responsibility and avoid payment of the claim.
Frequently Asked Ridesharing Questions – Visit the Federal Transit Administration to read about shared mobility frequently asked questions. See the various kinds of ridesharing, how it helps the city and other related questions.
Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility – Visit the Los Angeles Metro’s website and read more about ridesharing and shared mobility. See the benefits of ridesharing and programs that you may qualify for to find a shared mobility program.
Working with an Experienced Rideshare Accident Lawyer
At Yarian & Associates, APC you get attorneys that are knowledgeable about rideshare accident cases, who can investigate your claim and determine which party or parties may be liable for your injuries.
This is critical because suing the wrong party or leaving out a party can greatly reduce the compensation available, or even result in no recovery at all. If you’ve been involved in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare accident, it is in your best interest to contact an accident attorney.
Do not sort out the complicated maze of responsibility and insurance coverage alone. Give yourself the advantage of working with an experienced attorney from the beginning. The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have two decades of experience in kinds of auto-related accidents. We understand California ridesharing and collision laws. Get in contact with an attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC, we represent clients in the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County metro area including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Visalia, Glendale, Irvine, and Santa Monica.
It’s easy to get started. Call (844) 291-1911 or schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
This article was last updated on June 20th, 2018.