Oakland Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
You may be used to seeing Uber and Lyft cars everywhere now. It seems like every few vehicles, there is a Lyft or Uber label on a dashboard or rear window. Rideshare services are popular throughout California now, but this also means Uber and Lyft vehicles are involved in more accidents.
Lyft and Uber drivers do not have any special training. They are just as likely to cause a crash or be the victim of a collision as any other driver. Unfortunately, the insurance claim process after a rideshare accident can be more complicated than after a typical crash between two drivers with their own insurance policies.
If you were injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, you should talk with our Oakland Uber and Lyft accident lawyers right away. Our team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is highly experienced in car accident claims, including those involving a rideshare vehicle, borrowed car, or rental car. We will guide you through the insurance claim process no matter how complicated it becomes.
To talk with us about your injuries and pursuing compensation, call us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Common Causes of Oakland Lyft and Uber Accidents
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of rideshare vehicle accidents.
Many of our accident cases are for collisions caused by an Uber or Lyft driver. Rideshare drivers often cause accidents due to distraction. They consistently use the Uber or Lyft app and GPS apps on their phones, not to mention texting and talking on the phone. Lyft and Uber drivers may speed to get to their next passenger quickly or to end a ride as soon as possible and accept the next ride request.
Other issues common issues among Uber and Lyft drivers are fatigue, recklessness, and intoxication. Many drivers get behind the wheel at odd hours or work long hours to increase their income. This means they are often overly tired when driving, which can create impairment similar to drunk driving.
Not all accidents are caused by Uber or Lyft drivers. These drivers and their passengers can be injured in accidents caused by all of the reasons above and others. We have handled collision cases arising from failing to yield, running stoplights or stop signs, poor weather, defective road design, vehicle defects, and more.
If you were injured in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft, we recommend calling us as soon as possible. One of our Lyft and Uber accident lawyers in Oakland will thoroughly investigate the collision to determine who is responsible and why.
Why You Need an Uber or Lyft Accident Lawyer
Following an Uber or Lyft accident, you may assume there will be a large insurance policy to cover your injuries and more. This may or may not be true. It is important to hire a lawyer with specific experience handling rideshare accident claims.
A few reasons to hire an Oakland Uber and Lyft accident attorney include:
- Evidence can be difficult to obtain: There may be important evidence that proves what happened and who caused the crash. The Uber driver may have had a dash camera. There may have been traffic cameras at the intersection or surveillance cameras on nearby businesses. But can you get to this evidence? By working with an attorney, you have someone who will not only identify potentially important evidence but also take steps to acquire it.
- Uber & Lyft insurance coverage is complicated: Uber and Lyft advertise they have $1 million insurance policies. However, this policy only applies from the time the driver accepts a ride request to when the driver gets the passenger to their destination and ends the ride. Also, you may have to file a claim against the Uber or Lyft driver’s personal policy first. Because insurance coverage is not straightforward, you should get help from a lawyer.
- Insurance companies can be difficult: There is no guarantee that an insurer will be easy to work with or eager to settle for a fair amount. Insurers can be ruthless in looking for a reason to deny your claim or limit your compensation. You will benefit from having a lawyer confidently handle the insurance adjuster and red tape.
Lyft & Uber Accident Compensation
By working with our experienced Oakland Lyft & Uber accident attorneys from Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, you have someone to fight for you to receive full and fair compensation for your:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Capacity
- Loss of Normal Life
Call Today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS
You may not be sure you need an attorney to help you after an Uber or Lyft accident. We understand your hesitation. To make the right choice for you, we recommend contacting Harris Personal Injury Lawyer and scheduling a free consultation. We will explain your rights, legal options, and how we can help.