Getting around Los Angeles has never been easier, thanks to rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft. Instead of fighting LA traffic, you can simply request a ride and sit back while you’re driven to your destination. However, it’s important to understand that taking an Uber or a Lyft doesn’t guarantee your safety. Rideshare companies don’t hire professional drivers. Instead, they rely on everyday people to get the job done. Your Uber driver is also sharing the road with other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Traffic accidents happen every day in Los Angeles. Many of them involve rideshare vehicles.
If you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles rideshare accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You can maximize your financial award by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case. Contact the Los Angeles rideshare accident lawyers at Citywide Law Group to schedule your free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand your legal options. Call today to learn more.
Uber and Lyft crashes aren’t like other car accidents in Los Angeles. Changes in technology and the way we travel demand changes in the law. As the law develops, it can be difficult to understand. As a result, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated as you attempt to navigate a personal injury claim. While you can pursue compensation on your own, it’s always best to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case. You’re much more likely to get the money you need and deserve with the help of an attorney.
Here’s how our Los Angeles rideshare accident lawyers will help you after your case.
1. You’ll Get Time to Recover
An unexpected Uber or Lyft accident can really disrupt your life. You may find that the days, weeks, and months after the crash are particularly challenging. It might take a while for you to fully recover from your injuries. Recover will generally take less time when you can dedicate all of your time and energy to the process. This can’t happen when you’re trying to navigate a lawsuit at the time same. At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys will handle all aspects of your rideshare accident case. This gives you the opportunity to focus on getting better.
2. We’ll Pursue Compensation From Any Liable Party
Determining fault and liability for a rideshare accident can be a challenge. If you handle a case on your own, you may think that you can only recover compensation from your rideshare driver. This could prevent you from maximizing your compensation if someone else is also to blame. Our attorneys will carefully investigate your crash and determine every cause. This will help us identify anyone who may have contributed to your injury. We’ll then pursue compensation from anyone who caused you harm.
3. We’ll Work With Experts to Value Your Case
How much is your rideshare accident case worth? If you try to settle a claim on your own, an insurance company will probably get to answer that question. You don’t want to let an insurance company make such a powerful decision. They’re interested in minimizing your payout. They’ll do whatever they can to reduce the value of your case. You’re much more likely to get the money you need when you let our experienced personal injury team handle your case.
At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys have an established network of experts and professionals in the greater Los Angeles area. These experts can provide invaluable insight and information into your rideshare accident case. We’ll work closely with these experts to determine precisely how much your injuries are worth.
4. We’ll Protect You If You Share Fault
Did you contribute to your accident or injury in some way? If so, others involved in the accident will try to shift all of the blame to you. If they’re successful, you won’t be able to get the money you deserve. Fortunately, you can still recover compensation if another person also shares fault. The less fault you share, the more money you can get. So, it’ll be crucial to gather evidence that limits the blame you receive. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers will thoroughly review your accident and find any proof that (a) shows others are to blame and (b) shifts responsibility away from you.
Rideshare accidents can be quite devastating. Drivers, passengers, and other third parties can suffer serious injuries in a crash. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you demand compensation for rideshare accident injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Neck injury, including whiplash
- Back injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injury
- Crushing injury
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Soft tissue damage
- Burn injury
- Amputation, and
- Wrongful death.
Call Citywide Law Group to schedule a free case assessment. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve after an unexpected rideshare accident.
More than 45.5 million miles are driven on Los Angeles roads every day. Many of these miles are logged by rideshare drivers. It’s not surprising that many car accidents in Los Angeles involve Uber and Lyft drivers. Sometimes these accidents are caused by rideshare drivers. Other times, external factors are to blame.
Aggressive Driving: Aggressive driving is a leading cause of rideshare accidents in Los Angeles. Accidents are more likely to happen when drivers:
- Ignore state and/or local traffic laws
- Change lanes without signaling
- Fail to yield to oncoming traffic, bicyclists, or pedestrians, or
- Approach intersections aggressively.
Distracted Driving: Studies show that distracted driving is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drunk driving. Every day, an average of 9 people are killed because of a distracted driver. Distractions can include anything that takes your eyes away from the wheel. Since Uber and Lyft drivers are often multitasking, the risk of distracted driving is incredibly high. Checking the app for ride requests, searching for a passenger on the side of the road, concentrating on a navigation system, and chatting with passengers can all increase the risk of an accident.
Drunk Driving: Anyone who gets behind the wheel – including rideshare drivers – is expected to be sober. Unfortunately, drunk and drugged driving is a leading cause of car accidents in Los Angeles. Drivers who are impaired are less capable of driving safely. Instead, they’re more likely to be sluggish and have reduced reaction times.
Dangerous Intersections: Intersections are a great way to disclose your location to a rideshare driver. Unfortunately, more than a third of all traffic accidents happen at or near an intersection. This seems to be more prevalent with the rise in rideshare services. Drivers are concentrating on finding passengers, rather than the traffic around them. This increases the risk of hitting a pedestrian or running through a red light.
Defective Equipment: Rideshare drivers use their own vehicles to transport passengers. There’s no guarantee that the vehicle you’ll be riding in is safe. When defects in the vehicle or safety equipment cause an accident, you can hold the manufacturer responsible.
Who can be held financially responsible if you’re injured in a Los Angeles rideshare accident? The answer will ultimately depend on the cause of the crash and the rideshare driver’s status at the time of the accident.
Rideshare Driver: In California, rideshare drivers can be held personally responsible for accidents and injuries they cause. These drivers have a legal obligation to follow the law and drive as safely as possible. If a driver is negligent, accident victims can demand compensation.
Rideshare Company: Companies like Uber and Lyft are fighting tooth and nail to limit their liability for rideshare accidents. However, as it currently stands, victims may have the right to hold these companies personally responsible for accident-related injuries. Companies will fight these lawsuits and try to push all liability onto the driver.
Insurance Companies: Both rideshare drivers and companies are legally obligated to carry special insurance policies to cover costs of an accident. You can file a personal injury claim with an insurance company if you’re injured in a rideshare accident. A driver’s insurance policy should cover harm caused by a driver who is logged into the rideshare app, but who has not yet accepted a ride request. A company’s insurance policy – which must cover at least $1 million in damages – should cover harm caused by a driver who has accepted a ride request and/or has a passenger in the vehicle.
Third Parties: Uber and Lyft drivers aren’t always responsible for accidents. Other drivers on the road, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians can also create hazardous and dangerous situations. If this happens, you have the right to demand compensation from that negligent third party. You can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or file a personal injury lawsuit.
Government Agencies: Did hazardous road conditions contribute to your rideshare accident? If so, you may be able to hold the government responsible for your injuries. The government may be liable if they knew, or should have known, about a hazardous condition and failed to do anything about it. It’s important to note that claims against the government are unique. These matters will be accelerated. You can miss out on the money you deserve if you don’t file your administrative claim on time. Call our office for assistance today.
At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. We understand that an unexpected rideshare accident can be overwhelming. You may experience devastating physical, emotional, and financial injuries. When someone else is to blame, we’re prepared to help you recover the money you need. We’ll determine your damages and pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers. We can help you get the money you need after your serious rideshare accident.
There are more than 55,000 car accidents in Los Angeles every year. Many of these crashes involve rideshare companies. If you’ve been involved in an Uber accident or a Lyft accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Getting the money you need after your accident can be tough. Hiring an attorney will put you in the best position to maximize your financial award. Contact Citywide Law Group to schedule your free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your rights, and answer any questions you have. Call today to learn more.