Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys in Los Angeles

Were you hurt in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare taxi?
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Rideshare Accident Attorneys

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft feel like they’ve been around forever, but in reality they’re still a new addition to our society. And when you’re involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, it can be shocking to realize that a rideshare driver is capable of making mistakes or acting irresponsibly just like anyone else.

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Most importantly, though, it’s crucial that you realize your legal options in the aftermath of an Uber or Lyft accident (or any accident, for that matter). Even though it might feel like a David vs. Goliath situation when you imagine going up against a huge rideshare company, nothing could be further from the truth. The legal system provides ample recourse for you to seek monetary compensation after a rideshare accident if the driver was at fault or acting negligently.

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If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident as a passenger with Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. Ever since Uber officially began operating in San Francisco in 2011, the ridesharing industry has grown – and with it, the number of accidents involving ridesharing vehicles. Fault in ridesharing accidents is determined by negligence and other standard legal principles pertaining to vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Dordulian Law Group work tirelessly to assist accident victims in the Los Angeles area and throughout California. We have successfully litigated numerous vehicle accident cases and will help you recover the compensation you deserve if you are injured in a ridesharing accident. Along the way, we will listen compassionately to your concerns, focus on your priorities, and ensure that your rights are protected.

Ridesharing Popularity is on the Rise

No so long ago, if you wanted a private car to take you somewhere, your only real choice was a taxi. However, with the advent of ridesharing companies (Uber and Lyft being the most prominent examples), taxi companies now have competition. With a ridesharing service, a driver will pick you up in their own vehicle and take you to your destination after you pay for a one-way trip through a mobile app.

There’s no denying that ridesharing services are convenient. Taxis might not be available where you are, or there may be a long line for one. In those cases, all you need to do is pull out your smartphone, type where you want to go into the Uber or Lyft app, pay with a credit card on file with the company, and wait for your ride. You will even be able to locate the driver on a map and track their progress to your pickup point.

Contact our top-rated team of expert auto accident attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

Drivers for ridesharing companies must pass a background check, and you can report one through the mobile app if you feel they are driving unsafely. Ridesharing drivers must carry their own insurance, and Uber and Lyft also provide insurance for them. However, drivers do not need a taxi license. Rideshare vehicles can and do get into accidents every day that result in personal injury claims by ridesharing passengers or riders in another vehicle. Additionally, ridesharing drivers may have a claim if they suffer an injury while on the job.

As Ridesharing has Increased, So Have Ridesharing Accidents

As more and more people use ridesharing services, road congestion and accidents continue to increase proportionately. According to a study by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the advent of ridesharing services has correlated with about a 3% annual increase in the number of deaths from automobiles, or nearly 1,000 each year. For example, in 2010, there were 32,885 fatalities from vehicle accidents in the U.S., compared to 37,461 in 2016. Accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians have also risen concurrently.

There are several possible reasons for this, including the fact that there are more cars on the road since ridesharing services were introduced. Congestion is exacerbated by the fact that Uber and Lyft incentivize drivers to keep driving even when they don’t have a fare so they will be available, should someone need a ride.

Since 2013, plaintiffs have filed more than 150 lawsuits against Uber in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging that drivers caused accidents that injured others because they were distracted or otherwise acted negligently. San Francisco Department records show that seven out of 47 deaths related to traffic accidents in that city between January 2018 and August 2019 involved ridesharing drivers.

You May Be Able to File a Claim

If you are injured in an accident involving a ridesharing vehicle that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim for financial damages. Immediately after the accident:

  • Get the names, contact information, and insurance information of all the parties involved
  • Take photos of the accident scene to help establish what happened
  • Call the police

Your next call should be to a Dordulian Law Group rideshare accident attorney who will work to protect your rights under the law. DLG attorneys have over 25 years of experience successfully litigating personal injury cases, and will ensure that no one takes advantage of you, whether that is the ridesharing driver, the ridesharing company, or an insurance company.

How Much is Your Uber Accident Case Worth?

Under California law, you may be able to recover financial compensation for both economic and non-economic damages if someone injures you due to their negligence. The amount of these damages will depend on many factors, such as how badly you were injured, the extent of your pain and suffering, and how your earning capacity has been affected. Economic expenses are those that can be calculated. They include things like:

  • Emergency medical care you received due to the accident, such as ambulance/medivac services or a hospital stay
  • Medical care you will need in the future due to the accident, like surgeries or physical therapy
  • Earnings you have lost because you are unable to work due to your injuries
  • Reduced earning capacity if you can work after the accident but not in the same job or at the same capacity.

Non-economic damages are more intangible and include compensation if you have experienced pain and suffering, are unable to enjoy activities you used to engage in, or otherwise have been forced to change life in detrimental ways due to the accident.

In addition, the family of someone who is killed in a Uber/Lyft accident can sue for wrongful death to recover both economic and non-economic damages.

We understand that accident victims want to know how much their cases are worth, in part because they may have extensive medical bills and other expenses. The value of a case depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How soon you are likely to recover and to what extent
  • What kind of medical care you may need going forward

Don’t wait to file a claim for your uber accident injury. Contact our top-rated, expert uber accident attorneys online or by phone today.

If you are injured in a uber accident, be sure to keep all of your medical records and bills so we can estimate the value of your case during the initial consultation. After that, we will fight for every dime you are entitled to.

Many people have recently sued to recover compensation for personal injuries due to accidents caused by a rideshare driver’s alleged negligence. For instance:

  • The family of a six-year-old girl who was hit by an Uber driver as she crossed the street reached an undisclosed settlement for wrongful death.
  • A woman riding in an Uber vehicle sued when her driver ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle, fracturing her spine and causing other injuries.

Not only have riders successfully sued for personal injuries from ridesharing accidents, but they also have won settlements for sexual assault. For example, DLG secured a multi-million dollar settlement against a ridesharing company for a woman who was raped by her driver.

Who is Liable for a Uber Accident?

In California, liability in a Uber / Lyft accident is currently an issue of debate given the recent passage of AB 5. Under AB 5, drivers are no longer considered independent contractors. Given their new employment classification, rideshare companies may now be open to a wave of personal injury lawsuits, depending on the specific circumstances of the accident.

While you may be able to sue the rideshare company directly, you may also be able to recover damages from either the driver’s personal liability insurance or the insurance provided for the driver by the ridesharing company. Which policy applies to your case depends on whether the driver was on duty at the time of the accident.

Ridesharing drivers’ personal auto insurance does not cover them if they are on duty because these policies only extend to personal use of a vehicle, and ridesharing is considered a commercial use. The only exceptions are if the driver purchased a commercial insurance policy or a ridesharing endorsement for their personal policy.

The good news is that California requires all ridesharing companies to provide their drivers with insurance when they are working. Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million in coverage for their drivers who are on the job. You may file a claim against these insurance policies if:

  • You were injured in a ridesharing accident
  • Your injuries resulted from the driver’s negligence
  • The driver’s ridesharing app was on

You have the right to file a claim (pursue a personal injury lawsuit) whether you were a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, a passenger in another vehicle, a driver of another vehicle, or a pedestrian. Even if you are a ridesharing passenger and another driver caused the accident, the Uber or Lyft insurance policy would cover you if the other driver was uninsured or underinsured. If the ridesharing driver was not on duty when the accident happened, you would have to file a claim against their personal insurance policy or the policy of the other driver, depending on who was at fault.

Between 2014 and 2016, insurance companies in California paid out $185.6 million for claims related to traffic accidents involving ridesharing vehicles, according to a 2017 joint study by the California Department of Insurance and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Schedule an appointment online for a free consultation today, or call us directly to speak to our top-rated, expert car accident attorneys.

Questions of liability can be complicated and hard to sort out, particularly in ridesharing cases. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney from DLG on your side. If you are injured in a ridesharing accident, call us right away. One of our attorneys will explain your rights and who is liable for your injuries. We will then get to work to make sure you receive all the compensation you deserve.

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Massachusetts Man Sues Uber for $63 Million After Crash Left Him Paralyzed

A tragic story from Massachusetts made headlines in January 2022 after ridesharing company Uber was hit with a $63 million personal injury lawsuit. Will Good was on his way home from work in April 2021 when his Uber driver swerved sharply and hit a parked car, according to the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

The multi-million dollar Uber lawsuit alleges that the driver had an extensive history of reckless driving that the rideshare company failed to address through any type of due diligence or even a basic background check.

According to the $63 million Uber civil lawsuit:

  • Dating back to 1996, the Uber driver’s record included more than 20 driving citations.
  • Specific citations listed in the complaint include several for failure to stop and failure to yield.
  • The driver was previously required by Massachusetts to undergo a driver re-training course.
  • Uber should not have hired the driver for its platform given his lengthy history of citations.
  • Uber should have expected that hiring a driver with such a checkered history “would result in jeopardy to the health, safety, and/or welfare to residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including plaintiff William Good.”

The plaintiff, Good, is reportedly seeking a jury trial for various compensatory damages from Uber, including:

  • Physical and emotional injuries
  • Permanent disability
  • Extraordinary pain and suffering

If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact the best Los Angeles, California, rideshare crash lawyers from DLG today for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation.

Uber and Lyft Crash Questions Answered

How much will I get from my Uber or Lyft accident settlement?

Uber and Lyft accidents due to negligence, carelessness, or recklessness may entitle you as the injured victim – whether a passenger or driver – to receive financial compensation for damages. In legalese, damages refer to things like medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and more. An average settlement for an Uber or Lyft accident can vary – typically between $10,000 and $1 million depending on the severity of the injuries. Both companies carry insurance policies which cover you as the rideshare passenger up to $1 million for settlements in civil claims.

What happens if my Uber or Lyft is in a crash?

If you’re in an Uber or Lyft crash, it’s important to take immediate action to ensure your health is addressed. But it’s also important to take action to ensure that your eventual civil claim – whether an actual lawsuit or a pre-litigation cash award that does not require an official legal action – has the best odds of success. Step one after an Uber or Lyft crash is always seeking immediate medical treatment. Once you’re health is stabilized, calling a rideshare accident attorney from Dordulian Law Group in Glendale, California, for a free and confidential consultation will help ensure that your rights are protected and you secure the maximum cash settlement you deserve. Contact us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM.

How do I claim Uber or Lyft accident injury compensation?

Filing an Uber or Lyft claim can be done through each respective rideshare company’s app. There is a standard claims process that can be completed through the Uber or Lyft platform. That said, it’s highly recommended that you consult with an experienced Los Angeles rideshare accident attorney before contacting Uber or Lyft to file your claim. After an Uber or Lyft crash injury, t’s important that you secure all applicable damages through a maximized cash settlement. This includes general expenses like medical bills and lost wages, but you may need an attorney from Dordulian Law Group (D Law Group) to secure hard-to-prove damages for things like pain and suffering, psychological harm, emotional harm, punitive damages, and more. In other words, having an experienced and proven Uber & Lyft crash lawyer from D Law Group fighting in your corner can be advantageous in countless ways (and could ensure you recover more in your final cash settlement).

Are Los Angeles Uber and Lyft Crash Lawyers Expensive?

Uber and Lyft accidents due to negligence, carelessness, or recklessness may entitle you as the injured victim – whether a passenger or driver – to receive financial compensation for damages. In legalese, damages refer to things like medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and more. An average settlement for an Uber or Lyft accident can vary – typically between $10,000 and $1 million depending on the severity of the injuries. Both companies carry insurance policies which cover you as the rideshare passenger up to $1 million for settlements in civil claims.

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How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?

In California, you have two years to file a personal injury claim stemming from a ridesharing accident. In the majority of cases, the clock starts on the date of the accident. Check with a DLG attorney to make sure you know exactly when your filing period expires. Our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience in personal injury cases and will help you get outstanding medical treatment, refer you to psychologist on our staff if needed, and work tirelessly to obtain a financial settlement that covers for medical expenses, emotional distress, wage loss, and other damages.

It is important to file your claim as soon as possible after the accident. This is, in part, to preserve any evidence you may need. We have expert investigators on staff, including a former LAPD Central Traffic Division Detective Supervisor with more than 30 years of experience. These experts will help gather and preserve crucial evidence that will strengthen your case. At times, we also work with accident reconstruction experts who help us show a jury who or what caused the accident.

Do not miss the deadline for filing a claim. If you do, you will waive your right to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

Contact DLG Today for a Free Consultation

Why choose DLG to file your ridesharing accident claim? Simply put, we have the best, most experienced, and most respected ridesharing accident attorneys in California. Our clients are thrilled with the level of personal service we provide, and the results we obtain for them.

Plus, we do not earn a dime unless you win your case. That’s right – if you don’t win your case, we won’t charge you anything for our services. So don’t let financial considerations keep you from suing for financial compensation – you will never have any out-of-pocket expenses if you choose DLG. We have recovered more than $100 million for our clients with a 99% success rate. Rest assured that if you choose DLG to represent you, you will not regret it. We won’t take your case unless we are confident we can win.

We are here seven days a week to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have – freely, discreetly, and with the respect and attention you deserve. During your consultation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, and we will help you understand your legal rights and options, as well as the statutory time limits that may apply to your case.

Call us at (866) Go-SEE-SAM, email us at info@dlawgroup.com, or contact us online for a free consultation today.

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