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Los Angeles Rideshare Accident Lawyers

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Ridesharing transportation services such as Uber or Lyft have completely revolutionized the way many people travel. As convenient and effective as they are, however, they are not without their dangers. All too often, the drivers working with these services are not closely screened, allowing for a high risk of accidents.

Furthermore, if you are a driver for one of these services, it is even possible that your passengers could pose a threat to you. Whatever the case, if you were harmed by a rideshare accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

We can represent:

  • Passengers harmed in accidents: As a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, you have the right to assume your driver will get you to your destination safely. If they get into an accident, be sure to get any identifying information about them, including any ride and driver ID assigned to them through the rideshare service.
  • Drivers who suffered an accident or injury: Rideshare drivers who are hit by other drivers should be able to file a claim against that driver as they would after any other car accident. Additional damage coverage might be available through the rideshare company, though.
  • Third parties that were hit by a rideshare driver: Our law firm can also represent motorists and pedestrians who were not involved with the rideshare trip but were hit and hurt all the same. Such a case might involve filing against multiple insurance policies.

Rideshare Accident Cases We Handle

Our rideshare accident attorneys in Beverly Hills handle a variety of claims, including those involving:

Reporting a Rideshare Accident

When a rideshare accident happens, you need to know how to report it to the appropriate parties. Failing to report it will make it suspicious if you later file a claim about it in pursuit of compensation. At that point, the rideshare company or the defendant would probably try to argue that the accident never happened at all and that your injuries are from another source.

To report a rideshare accident, three parties will need to know about it:

  • Insurance company: Your insurance company will need to know if you were in an accident that was not your fault, especially if you were a driver who was hit by a rideshare vehicle.
  • Rideshare company: The rideshare company hosting the ride should be notified, which can be done through the app.
  • Law enforcement: In California, if a car accident causes someone to suffer a serious injury or significant damage to a vehicle, then the police must be notified at once.

Before you rush to notify the insurance and rideshare companies, you should speak with our Los Angeles rideshare accident attorneys. We can help you prepare for these conversations or conduct them on your behalf, so you don’t risk saying the wrong words and inadvertently making yourself seem liable when you really aren’t.

Recoverable Compensation in a Rideshare Accident Claim

The compensation that you can collect in a rideshare accident claim will be similar to the damages in a car accident case of another type. Typically, car accident victims can demand damages that pay for vehicle repairs, lost wages, medical bills, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering. The key difference in a rideshare accident is that some or all of those damages might be paid through an insurance policy held by the rideshare company.

Rideshare Accident FAQ

  • How long do you have to file a rideshare accident claim in California?
    California uses a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, including rideshare accidents. If you don’t file an injury claim within two years of the accident or when your injuries became apparent, then you won’t have a chance afterward.
  • Are Uber and Lyft strictly liable for the drivers who use their apps?
    Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees. This is a point that both companies have fought diligently for in and out of courts. As such, the rideshare companies are not strictly liable for the mistakes of their rideshare drivers.
  • Can a rideshare passenger be partially liable for an accident?
    Liability is usually not placed on rideshare passengers because they aren’t in control of the vehicle. Only in rare cases could this happen, such as if the rideshare passenger intentionally tried to make their driver crash.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

Many ridesharing companies have attempted to avoid responsibility for any accidents or incidents that occur by claiming that they only work with the exchange of fares. However, this can often lead to instances where drivers are held solely responsible, which does not always come with the guarantee of reliable insurance.

Because these cases can often be so complex and liability can be found in a variety of different entities, it is in your best interest to get a Los Angeles rideshare accident attorney on your side. At Omega Law Group, we have a long history of success in helping clients get the compensation they require. We believe it is our duty to provide comfort, guidance, and support to our clients. You have gone through enough, so we go out of our way to make sure you know we are fighting hard for your rights. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive legal services at Omega Law Group, PC.

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