It can be difficult to fully heal from car accident injuries, especially when you need to seek financial recovery for your losses at the same time. Unfortunately, that difficulty is only compounded when one of the drivers involved in your accident was working for a ridesharing service, such as Uber or Lyft.
Because Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors for their parent ridesharing company, there could be many different parties liable for your injuries. At McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, we can help you sort through the chaos of a complex rideshare accident and get the compensation you need. Combining years of legal experience with a compassionate, personalized touch, our Ontario rideshare accident lawyers in the Inland Empire are ready to assist you.
Start seeking fair compensation today. To receive a free evaluation on your case, just call us at (909) 345-8110.
Understanding Rideshare Coverage Limits
Ridesharing services may have made our commuting and travel plans a little easier, but in the event of an accident, these same services can present a major legal challenge. Under California law, companies like Uber and Lyft must provide insurance coverage up to at least $1 million for their commercial drivers, in order to cover vehicle damage, injuries, and uninsured or underinsured motorists.
However, this policy only applies if the Uber driver had already accepted or picked up a new passenger at the time of the incident. If the driver was active on the app but still waiting for a new ride match, their coverage will be much lower — and if the driver was not operating as a contractor at the time, the ridesharing service may not cover anything at all. This means your attorney will first need to determine the driver’s status at the time of the accident, and then assess liability from there.
Who Is Liable for My Rideshare Accident?
Whether you were injured during an Uber ride or involved in a pedestrian accident with an active driver, it can be tricky to determine exactly who should pay for your injuries. Depending on the nature of the collision and the severity of your injuries, your attorney may need to negotiate with multiple insurance companies to secure the highest compensation, or even work with the ridesharing companies directly.
Here are some of the parties that could be liable for your injuries:
- An off-duty Uber or Lyft driver
- The driver’s personal insurance provider
- The ridesharing company
- The insurance provider for Uber or Lyft
- Any other at-fault individuals or drivers
Recovering from Your Uber Accident Injuries
All car accidents wreak havoc on your emotional and physical wellbeing. When you’ve been involved in a particularly complex Uber or Lyft accident, you may feel especially overwhelmed at the prospect of bringing a personal injury lawsuit, or negotiating for a settlement on your claim. No matter your unique situation, you can trust our attorneys to fully examine the issue and seek maximum compensation. With over 30 years of combined legal experience, we have the skills and the resources to take on a negligent Uber or Lyft driver, and secure the funding you need for medical treatment.
For trusted advocacy in your Inland Empire rideshare accident case, contact us at (909) 345-8110 or send an online evaluation form today.