Berkeley Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys

Berkeley Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in a crash while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, we recommend contacting a rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible. We will investigate your accident and identify the liable parties. If the driver was at fault, we will walk through each of the factors that determine which insurance policies will apply to your injuries.

Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents

Our Berkeley Uber and Lyft accident lawyers have determined that most rideshare collisions typically involve some combination of the following: 
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving 
  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue 
  • Recklessness 
  • Violation of traffic laws 

Who’s Liable for A Rideshare Accident?

While many victims may expect us to go after Uber or Lyft themselves, they are rarely the legally responsible parties. This is because rideshare companies employ drivers as independent contractorswhich means that with few exceptions, they are not responsible for their drivers’ conduct while they are on the clock.  Uber and Lyft drivers are covered by a $1 million insurance policy. However, this does not mean that their insurers will approve your claim. Our attorneys know that insurance companies can be quick to deny claims made by accident victims.   We are prepared to present the strongest case possible.  
  • Handling correspondence: As soon as you hire us, we will take on any phone calls, emails, and other correspondence so that you can concentrate on recovering and moving forward after your accident. 
  • Gathering evidence: If the insurer disputes your claim, our team will compile evidence in support of your claim, from medical records to eyewitness accounts.  
  • Protecting your claim: Unfortunately, from the moment you are injured, anything you say or do can impact your case. Even if you let us handle correspondence with the insurance company, you can still inadvertently make a mistake that will reduce your compensation award. Our rideshare accident attorneys can help you understand the repercussions of such mistakes and ensure that you do not make them.

Steps to Take After a Rideshare Accident

Once you’ve been involved in an accident with a rideshare service, you should immediately take the steps necessary to protect yourself and preserve your case.  
  • Call the police to seek an accident report. 
  • Call 911 for medical assistance. 
  • Take photos of the accident scene, making sure to capture items like skid marks, the vehicles’ positions, the weather conditions, and any property damage. 
  • Take photos of the rideshare driver’s licenses, license plates, and insurance cards.  
  • Record the driver’s insurance information.  
  • Gather eyewitnesses’ names and contact information. 
  • Seek medical attention. 
  • Most importantly, contact a Berkeley rideshare accident attorney.

Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Rideshare Accident Lawyer.

At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our Uber and Lyft accident team understands the laws relating to rideshare vehicles and can present your case to an insurance claims adjuster on your behalf. Our team has helped more than 5,000 clients obtain more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts and is here to help you pursue compensation for your accident.   Call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case evaluation today. If you are unable to travel to our office, we will come to you.

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