As more and more people in Los Angeles rely on rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, for transportation, the rate of rideshare accidents has increased. In California, as in other states, there are a number of laws regarding liability in Uber and Lyft accidents. The process of filing a claim can be complex and the amount your claim is worth will depend on numerous factors, including whether you were a passenger of the Uber/Lyft at the time of the accident.
According to a study by the University of Chicago and Rice University, there seems to be a direct correlation between the rise of ridesharing services and the increase of traffic fatalities. Statistics from this study were collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In many cases, you feel that choosing a ridesharing service is your safer option than perhaps driving yourself or riding with a peer. Because of this philosophy, if you are involved in a serious accident while in an Uber, Lyft, or another ride sharing vehicle, you are likely experience feelings of confusion and frustration.
The Glendale car accident attorneys at our firm have extensive experience handling these types of auto accident claims. We understand how to navigate the system and how to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your injuries and other losses.
Were you injured in an Uber or Lyft? Were you hit by a rideshare driver? Call Aghabegian & Associates, PC today at (818) 350-8870 for a free consultation about your case.
How Uber & Lyft Injury Claims Work
As previously mentioned, these types of injury claims are different than other car and motor vehicle accident claims. If you are injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft or are hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, your injury claim will likely be covered by the corresponding rideshare company’s insurance—not the actual driver. In fact, the driver’s personal insurance policy will almost certainly not cover the accident.
Here are some things you should know about Uber/Lyft insurance coverage:
- Both Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in liability coverage when the driver of the vehicle has the app switched on and is actively transporting a passenger.
- When an Uber or Lyft driver has the app turned on but has not yet accepted a ride, liability insurance covers up to $50,000 per person and up to $25,000 for property damages with a total of $100,000 per accident.
- If an Uber or Lyft driver does not have the app turned on, he or she is only covered by his/her own personal auto insurance policy in the event of an accident.
For example, if you are a passenger in an Uber that causes an accident, you are covered by the $1 million liability coverage. If you are hit by a Lyft driver who has the app turned on but does not have a passenger, you are covered up to $50,000 for bodily injury and up to $25,000 in property damage to your car.
Trust Our Team to Fight for You
Recovering compensation after an Uber or Lyft accident is typically not an easy task. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to simply speak to a live person from the liable party’s insurance company. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are skilled negotiators and aggressive lawyers who are prepared to fight for your right to justice and fair compensation. We have helped victims with serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, secure millions of dollars. We know how to pursue these types of cases and we know what it takes to win.
Reach out to our Glendale accident lawyers today at (818) 350-8870. We serve clients in Glendale, Los Angeles, and throughout the San Fernando Valley.