Oxnard Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Getting around town and while on vacation has become much easier with the rise of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare platforms. All you have to do is request a ride through the app, and within minutes, you are on your way. Or if you are interested in earning some income and own a vehicle, you can become a driver for one or more of these platforms. It is all easy and convenient.
However, a serious issue with Uber and Lyft that many people overlook is the complex insurance claim process after a crash. If you were injured while driving for Uber or Lyft, while riding as a passenger, or when an Uber or Lyft crashed into you, then we recommend contacting Harris Personal Injury Lawyers to speak with our Oxnard Uber and Lyft accident attorneys.
Our legal team is well versed in the common issues that arise after Lyft and Uber accidents. We are confident that we can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries. We have helped over 5,000 clients win more than $300 million in settlements and court verdicts.
To schedule a free consultation, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Common Causes of Uber and Lyft Crashes
Many accidents involving rideshare vehicles arise because of:
- Distracted driving: Many drivers attempt to multitask behind the wheel, including Lyft and Uber drivers who use GPS and the rideshare platform on their phones.
- Drowsy driving: Drivers often get behind the when after getting too little sleep. Rideshare drivers may work overly long hours and at times when they would normally sleep in order to increase their income.
- Speeding: Driving faster than the speed limit or what is appropriate for the conditions increases the risk of crashes. Uber and Lyft drivers may speed to complete rides faster and pick up the next passenger.
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals: Distracted, speeding, and careless drivers may not pay enough attention to stop signs, stop lights, and yield signs.
- Reckless driving: Drivers can cause crashes by excessively speeding, weaving in traffic, tailgating, failing to yield to the right of way, and other aggressive and reckless actions.
- Impaired driving: Driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is not only illegal, it also significantly increases the risk of a collision.
You may or may not be sure of what caused your accident. Either way, our Oxnard Uber & Lyft accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the crash and gather evidence to support your claim for compensation.
What to Do After a Lyft or Uber Accident
It is difficult to keep a clear head after a crash. But if you are able to, our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys in Oxnard recommend you take a few steps that will help you move forward with a claim.
After a rideshare vehicle collision, you should:
- Contact law enforcement as soon as possible.
- Provide assistance to anyone in need.
- Take photos and video of the crash and property damage.
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Obtain the names and insurance information of the driver(s).
- Ask the Uber or Lyft driver for any ID number associated with the company.
- Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
- See a doctor as soon as possible.
- Call an Oxnard Uber and Lyft accident lawyer.
Who May be Liable for a Rideshare Accident?
We are often contacted by Uber and Lyft accident victims who wish to sue the rideshare company when an Uber or Lyft caused a crash and their injuries. However, in most circumstances, neither Uber nor Lyft is responsible if one of their drivers causes an accident. Uber and Lyft do not hire their drivers as employees. Instead, drivers are independent contractors who are responsible for their own actions.
If you are injured in a rideshare crash then, liability rests with the at-fault driver. You will want to get that driver’s personal auto insurance policy information. This may be the only policy that applies to your injuries if the at-fault driver was not driving for Uber or Lyft at the time of the crash.
Uber or Lyft Insurance May Cover Your Injuries
If the at-fault driver was signed into work but had not accepted a ride request, then both Uber and Lyft have third-party liability policies that can apply in addition to the driver’s own insurance. There are $50,000 and $100,000 limits on bodily injuries per person and per accident, respectively and $25,000 limits on property damage.
If the driver had a passenger in the vehicle at the time, then Uber and Lyft’s third-party liability policies have $1 million limits.
Have Questions After a Lyft or Uber Accident?
If you were hurt in a collision with a Lyft or Uber, or while you were riding in a rideshare vehicle, we recommend you call an Oxnard Lyft and Uber accident attorney at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. We are here to help after any type of collision. We will identify all relevant insurance policies and handle settlement negotiations with the insurers.
To reach us, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or submit your information through our online form.