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What Happens If You Get Into a Ridesharing Accident in California?

What Happens If You Get Into a Ridesharing Accident in California?

Since Uber, Lyft, and similar companies launched, ridesharing has taken off. With that has come a number of different issues, including people getting into accidents with rideshare drivers and people getting injured while riding with one of these services. If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft, you’re probably curious about what happens if you get into a ridesharing accident. By finding out the answer, you can decide if you want to hire representation to try to get a settlement for you.

The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates provide vigorous representation to clients and are a goal-oriented and values-driven firm. We develop creative strategies to win every case, every time and are confident we can help you with your personal injury lawsuit. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

All About Ridesharing Accidents

 The ridesharing industry is so popular that around 25% of the U.S. population uses one of these services at least one time per month. The industry is worth an estimated $61 billion, and it’s projected to reach $220 billion by 2025.

There are a number of reasons why ridesharing accidents occur. First, it’s easy to become a rideshare driver, as there is no formal training involved. Pretty much anybody can sign up to be an Uber or Lyft driver, which means that you never know who is going to be behind the wheel of your rideshare.

Additionally, rideshare companies run special promotions where drivers will get more money if they work late at night, early in the morning, or overtime during peak hours. Many drivers are exhausted and frazzled from sitting behind the wheel all day long, and they won’t be as sharp as they would be if they were well rested.

Rideshare drivers’ cars take a beating from all the driving as well. Cars may have many problems, which can lead to accidents if the drivers are not addressing these problems or general maintenance.

Drivers might be rushing from one destination to another to try and get in as many hours as possible, especially if they want a bonus. They could be driving recklessly and get into crashes with other cars. To try to work faster and stay up, they might take drugs, which would affect their ability to drive safely.

If you are in a rideshare when your driver gets into an accident – and you get injured – then you may be able to take legal action against the insurance company.

How Insurance Works With Rideshares

Rideshare drivers are supposed to tell their insurance companies that they are using their car to drive for one of these services. Otherwise, they are in violation of their policy. However, they aren’t always responsible. And if that’s the case, it means that your rideshare driver only has a personal insurance policy. Your claim could be denied if you try to file one.

Uber and Lyft offer liability insurance to their rideshare drivers, which could help you if the drivers’ car insurance denies your claim. The rideshare liability insurance would also be helpful if you got into a hit and run when you were a passenger in a rideshare. Otherwise, if another car hit you when you were a passenger, and it wasn’t your driver’s fault, then you could potentially go after the other driver’s insurance for a settlement.

What to Do After a Ridesharing Accident

If your driver gets into an accident – whether it’s their fault or not – you should call the police to generate a report. Let them know about any injuries you have so that you get it on record. Also, send in a report to Uber, Lyft, or whatever other rideshare service you’re using to let them know about the accident.

Make sure that while you’re at the scene, you get the contact and insurance information for anyone who was involved in the accident. Take photos of your rideshare driver’s license plate, the other driver’s plate (if there is another driver involved), the scene of the accident, damage to your belongings, and your visible injuries. Look for video cameras to see if they recorded the accident, and write down everything that happened so you don’t forget.

Then, once you’ve finished collecting proof of the accident at the scene, go to the hospital for treatment right away. Ask the doctor to take X-rays so you know the full extent of your injuries. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan by going to follow-up appointments and taking prescription medicine they tell you to take. You’ll demonstrate that your injuries are serious and you aren’t being cavalier about them.

How a Ridesharing Lawsuit Works

The driver’s insurance provider – whether it’s their personal provider or one from the ridesharing service – is likely going to try to offer you a low settlement right after the accident occurs. Do not take it, or else you won’t be able to try for a higher settlement later on. If your injuries get worse, you won’t be able to go back and ask for more money for your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other relevant damages.

Instead, call a personal injury lawyer for help. They will represent you for free and won’t take a dime unless they can win you a settlement. They’ll also work hard to get you what you deserve. All you need to do is provide them with any evidence you have. If you need more to strengthen your case, they may be able to help you collect it. They will also deal with the insurance company and negotiate on your behalf so you don’t have to. Then, you can focus on what matters most: recovering from your injuries.

In California, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is two years, so make sure you call as soon as your accident happens. The quicker you get in touch, the more urgent your case will be, which will help when it comes to potentially getting a settlement. If you wait on it, the insurance company may not think your injuries are that serious. Plus, you’ll remember more details about your accident if you don’t wait. The details are crucial when it comes to getting compensation that’s rightfully yours.

Contact Robin D. Perry & Associates

If you need help with your ridesharing accident lawsuit, then it’s time to get in touch with the Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates today. No matter what, we will fight on your behalf during your time of need. Call us at 562-216-2944 or contact us on our website for a free consultation.

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