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Riverside Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are involved in an increasing number of accidents on California roads. While the injuries suffered in these collisions can be just as devastating as any other wreck, there’s an added lawyer of complexity since damages might be recoverable from the rideshare service’s commercial auto insurance. Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys in Riverside understand the nuances of these cases and can help you navigate the proceedings.
We always prepare for settlement negotiations as if the case is going to trial. Our lawyers conduct thorough investigations and take the time to interview eyewitnesses and to speak with relevant experts when warranted. As a client of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, you will receive personalized and aggressive representation from the moment you retain our services to the day your case is resolved. For a free consultation, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During the Free Consultation?
You can ensure the first meeting at our law firm is as productive as possible by preparing for the questions you will likely be asked. Take a few moments to write down your answers to the following:
- Do you know if the rideshare driver was transporting a fare? If the rideshare driver was transporting a fare and his or her negligence was a proximate cause of the crash, it’s likely that the rideshare service’s commercial insurance policy would pay out benefits.
- Were you partially at fault? If your own negligence contributed to the accident, the defense will likely say that you shouldn’t be compensated for 100 percent of your damages. In this scenario, one of our skilled Lyft or Uber accident lawyers in Riverside can take the necessary steps to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to you.
- What do you think caused the accident? While the vast majority of rideshare collisions occur due to driver negligence, there are many potential causes of these accidents. An auto part may have malfunctioned, for example, or a pothole might have caused a driver to lose control. Your attorney will want to know about all potential factors that contributed to the crash since it may be possible to hold multiple defendants liable, in which case there might be multiple insurance policies from which you can seek damages. Also, knowing the cause of the accident will give your attorney a strong starting point to begin the investigation.
- Did you write down statements and contact information from eyewitnesses? If there’s a disagreement regarding liability, the deposition of percipient witnesses might play an important role in your case. Even if no eyewitnesses are deposed, your lawyer might want to interview them to find out what they saw just to ensure the investigation is as comprehensive as possible.
- Have you sought medical attention yet? Delaying medical care could turn out to be a costly mistake. It’s relatively easy for the insurance company to find out if you put off the medical evaluation, and they might use that fact to dispute the severity of your injuries or to argue that you have failed to mitigate your damages.
- Are you unable to work due to your injuries? Lost income may be recoverable if it can be shown that your injuries prevented you from returning to work.
- Have you started a personal injury journal? Your attorney can help you start a personal injury journal and explain what to write about. At a minimum, your entries should discuss the kinds of symptoms you experience, their severity and frequency, and how your life has changed due to the accident.
- Has the insurance company contacted you yet? If you’ve been contacted by anyone affiliated with the insurance company or defendant, your Riverside Lyft or Uber accident lawyer will want to know what was said. Moving forward, be sure to direct all correspondence from the insurance company to your attorney.
- Have you discussed the accident on social media? Your attorney will want to see any photos and text posts you’ve published since the crash, as well as any pictures that other people have posted of you. The insurance adjuster may have seen these posts, and your lawyer will want to know whether they might lead to a dispute. Until your case is resolved, it’s a good idea to stay off social media or at least to refrain from posting anything about your injuries, accident, or case.
Set up a Free Consultation with a Riverside Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in a collision with a rideshare vehicle, you’ll want an attorney by your side who has a track record of success in these cases. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we know what it takes to help Uber and Lyft accident victims fight for the highest possible compensation. To discuss your case in a free consultation, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or send us a message.