The aftermath of any motor vehicle collision is a confusing time, but there’s an added layer of complexity when a rideshare vehicle is involved. Determining insurance liability can be complicated, and if you bring a claim against the rideshare company’s insurance carrier, you can expect to face resistance at every step of the proceedings. Our Los Angeles Lyft and Uber accident attorneys can help you level the playing field and make sure you’re treated fairly.
We have many years of experience in rideshare accident claims, and we have an in-depth understanding of the relevant case law and statutes. Our lawyers have recovered more than $300,000,000 in personal injury and wrongful death cases. To set up a free consultation, call our office today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Cases Our Los Angeles Lyft and Uber Accident Attorneys Handle:
- Claims Filed by Rideshare Passengers
- Claims Filed by Rideshare Drivers
- Claims Filed by Pedestrians
- Claims Against Rideshare Drivers
- Claims Against Uber or Lyft
- Claims Against Drivers of Other Vehicles
- Claims Against Government Entities
- Wrongful Death Rideshare Accident Claims
- Other Rideshare Accident Claims
Why Might the Insurance Company Dispute My Claim?
One of the primary reasons to hire a Los Angeles Uber or Lyft accident lawyer is to anticipate and avoid disputes that might reduce your financial recovery or prevent you from obtaining any compensation at all. To protect their bottom line, insurance companies perform investigations to find reasons to challenge every claim that comes their way. If you were seriously injured or lost a family member in a rideshare accident, you can expect the insurer to devote substantial resources to this investigation.
Below are just a few reasons why you might face a dispute:
- Your Own Negligence Was a Contributing Factor: If you somehow contributed to the accident, it’s possible that the award of damages will be reduced by your own percentage of fault. Your Los Angeles Uber or Lyft accident lawyer will try to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to you. This can lead to a dispute if the insurance company disagrees with how fault is distributed. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience handling claims that involve shared liability. We know how to apply widely accepted methods to help our clients pursue the highest compensation possible without unnecessarily increasing the chances of having to go to court.
- You Made a Critical Mistake: If you wait too long to speak with a Lyft or Uber accident attorney, you might end up making an error or oversight that jeopardizes your claim. For example, if you provide a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster, you may say something that brings liability or the value of damages into question. If you delay your medical evaluation or fail to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions, a dispute might arise regarding a failure to mitigate damages. If you post on social media about your accident or publish a photo of you taken afterward, that content might be used to dispute liability or the severity of your injuries.
- You Haven’t Paid Your Premiums: Most rideshare accident claims are third-party claims, meaning that the victim brings the claim against the at-fault party, and if approved, the at-fault party’s insurance company pays for damages. Under some circumstances, though, victims bring first-party claims against their own insurance provider. For instance, you might bring a claim against your MedPay policy to cover immediate medical care. But if you didn’t pay your premiums on time or if you pursue damages that aren’t covered by the policy, your claim might be denied.
- You Had a Pre-Existing Condition: The insurance company won’t have to pay for the damages you would have incurred regardless of the accident. If you had a pre-existing illness or injury, for example, you won’t be able to recover compensation for the medical bills related to that condition—unless you can prove that the accident somehow aggravated the condition or prolonged the healing process. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have many years of experience in cases involving pre-existing conditions. We know how to use medical documentation and expert witness testimony to prove how an accident caused an injury to worsen.
- There’s Disagreement Regarding Settlement Calculations: We’ve already touched on a few reasons why the insurance company might dispute the settlement calculations, but there are many others. For example, if you suffered a long-term or permanent disability, you might be entitled to compensation for future medical bills and lost earning capacity. Although there are some widely accepted formulas for calculating future damages, each case has nuances that make these calculations somewhat speculative. Our lawyers will strive to prevent disputes by gathering all available evidence of damages, using widely accepted formulas and, if necessary, bringing in medical and economic experts to provide testimony.
Speak with an Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Today
Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions and provide the advice you need to make strategic decisions. There’s no charge for the initial consultation, and we accept ride-share accident cases on a contingency fee basis. Send us a message or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to speak with a member of our team.