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Fullerton Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Vehicles with Uber and Lyft logos in their windshields have become ubiquitous in California. You think little about them, and you may not hesitate to pull out your phone, open the app, and request a ride. However, the complexities of using and sharing the road with Ubers and Lyfts become apparent after a collision. If you are injured in a crash with, while riding in, or while driving a Lyft or Uber, contact our Fullerton Uber and Lyft accident lawyers right away.
Following an Uber or Lyft accident, you may face a challenging insurance claim process. You can’t simply file a lawsuit against the rideshare company. Instead, you may need to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance and then Uber or Lyft’s insurance.
Instead of dealing with multiple insurance adjusters yourself, we recommend letting Harris Personal Injury Lawyers handle the insurance claims process. We deal with insurers daily and know how to pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our firm is proud to have helped more than 5,000 clients win over $300 million in settlements and court awards.
To talk with us further about how we can help, call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a free consultation.
What Caused Your Uber or Lyft Crash?
Before you can effectively pursue compensation for Uber or Lyft accident injuries, you need to know what caused the crash and who was at fault. We recommend calling an Uber and Lyft accident attorney in Fullerton who will thoroughly investigate the claim. Our team has years of experience investigating car crashes, and we have handled Lyft and Uber collisions since these rideshare companies hit the road.
Over the years, we have uncovered some of the most common causes of collisions, including:
- Distracted Driving: Many drivers, including Uber and Lyft drivers, are guilty of multitasking while behind the wheel. A common distraction is looking at and using their phones.
- Speeding: Far too many drivers are in a hurry, including Uber and Lyft drivers who may be in a hurry to drop off one passenger and pick up the next. Rushing causes drivers to drive faster than the speed limit or what is appropriate for the road, weather, and traffic conditions.
- Fatigued Driving: A very common issue is drivers getting behind the wheel while overly tired. Drowsiness makes it difficult to focus, recognize dangers, and respond quickly.
- Impaired Driving: No one should get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle while impaired due to drugs, alcohol, or both. Yet this happens often throughout California. Intoxicated drivers are far more likely to cause a crash.
- Traffic Violations: This is a broad category of negligence. Many drivers fail to stop at stop signs and red lights, fail to yield the right of way, and merge or change lanes improperly. These traffic violations and others all increase the risk of a collision.
- Vehicle Defects: Our Fullerton Uber and Lyft accident lawyers have handled many collisions in which a vehicle defect is to blame. This defect may be a design or manufacturing defect from the vehicle manufacturer or part-maker, or due to the driver’s inadequate vehicle maintenance.
Who Is to Blame for an Uber or Lyft Crash?
To determine who is liable for compensating you, you must determine who was directly at fault for the crash. The person whose negligent actions directly lead to the collision is to blame. The at-fault driver may be the Uber or Lyft driver. Or, the at-fault driver may have been another motorist.
Once your Fullerton Uber and Lyft accident attorney has identified the at-fault driver, the next step is to look for liability. There are several circumstances under which another party, in addition to the at-fault driver, is also responsible for compensating you.
Some of those circumstances include when the driver was working at the time of the crash, when someone else owns the car, or when the vehicle was a rental. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we always investigate car collisions fully to identify all potential sources of compensation.
If the at-fault driver was the Uber or Lyft driver, the rideshare company is not directly to blame. However, both companies carry insurance policies you can pursue compensation from.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Coverage
Uber and Lyft may not be directly responsible or liable for car crashes their driver’s cause, but they understand the need for insurance coverage to protect them from unnecessary lawsuits.
If the Uber or Lyft driver was signed into the app at the time they caused a collision but had not accepted a ride request, then the third-party liability coverage includes $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for injuries and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
If the Uber or Lyft driver had accepted a ride request, then the third-party liability coverage has a $1 million limit.
However, to recover under Lyft or Uber’s insurance policy, you typically need to recover from the driver’s personal insurance first.
Call a Fullerton Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer Today
For seasoned legal advice and representation after an Uber or Lyft crash, call Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. We offer free consultations.