Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber have become a popular alternative to taxis and public transit services for many Northern Californians. While these services may be attractive and convenient for many travelers in the Sacramento area, it’s crucial for drivers and passengers to know what to expect when a rideshare accident happens. Companies like Uber and Lyft have adopted insurance policies but these policies only apply in certain situations and at specific times. Learn more about your legal options in the event of an accident and speak with a qualified Sacramento rideshare accident lawyer at Rosenthal Law.
Any car accident can potentially cause life-changing injuries and significant economic losses. The average person cannot handle the demands of a lawsuit alone while also recovering from serious injuries. Hiring a car accident lawyer not only leads to a higher quality of representation but it also increases the chances of a plaintiff’s success and will likely lead to more compensation than the plaintiff could have secured without assistance.
The attorneys at Rosenthal Law believe in aggressive representation in every case. We have the experience and resources to handle the most complicated civil cases in Sacramento and a ridesharing accident can easily escalate into a complex legal battle between multiple parties. Our Sacramento rideshare accident attorneys want local residents and users of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft to know their options after ridesharing accidents.
A plaintiff in any personal injury case for a vehicle accident will need to prove that the defendant was at fault for the claimed incident. This means proving the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, breached this duty in some way, and directly caused the plaintiff’s damages. The plaintiff will also need to provide proof of the extent of his or her damages, which may include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft do not consider their drivers to be employees. Uber and Lyft drivers work as independent contractors but these companies are not completely immune from legal action in the event that a driver causes an accident.
Rideshare companies must maintain insurance coverage and this coverage changes depending on the elements of an accident. For example, if an accident occurs while a driver has a paying passenger in the vehicle and the accident is clearly the Uber or Lyft driver’s fault, Uber and Lyft insurance offers up to $1 million in coverage for a single accident.
If an accident occurs while a driver is on his or her way to pick up a passenger, a lower degree of coverage applies. This coverage may offer bodily injury or property damage coverage but it will only apply to the state’s minimum requirements. For example, many states require $50,000 in coverage for bodily injury to a single person in a single accident, $100,000 total for a single accident, and up to $25,000 in property damage coverage. For more information regarding rideshare insurance issues, consult an injury attorney in Sacramento.
It’s possible for an Uber or Lyft driver to cause an accident or for another driver to cause an accident with an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Depending on which driver causes the accident, an injured plaintiff may face one or more defendants. For example, a third-party driver speeds through a red light and T-bones an Uber driver with the right of way. In this example, the third-party driver is clearly at fault and liable for the resulting damages.
Handling any type of rideshare accident claim can be stressful and confusing without proper legal counsel. The lawyers at Rosenthal Law have decades of experience handling civil claims for our clients in the Sacramento area and we can put our skills and resources to work in your rideshare accident case. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our rideshare accident lawyers in Sacramento. If we believe you have a strong claim, we can let you know what type of compensation you could expect from a lawsuit and how our firm can help.
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