Uber and Lyft, along with other rideshare companies, have become the way to get around in Downey and Los Angeles County. You almost never hear of anyone “calling a taxi” these days. Instead, they hail a ride on their phone without even having to talk to anyone. The changes in how people access transportation also come with new differences in how they are compensated for their injuries should an accident occur. It is important to have the help of a Downey Uber and Lyft accident attorney if you suffer injuries in a crash.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Rules Are Complicated
If it seems as if the rules for who you could sue and the different possible insurance coverages are a maze, you are not wrong. Here, Uber and Lyft set the rules. The one thing that they cannot do is take away your right to file a claim if you are injured in a rideshare accident. This is true whether you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft or are a driver involved in an accident with one of these cars. If their driver is negligent, then they are responsible for your injuries.
A key fact to be aware of is that you cannot sue Uber or Lyft like you could a taxi company. While it may change in the future, these companies have carefully constructed a situation in which they shield themselves from legal liability for their drivers’ crashes by saying that the drivers are not really theirs.
Nonetheless, there is insurance coverage in place when an Uber or Lyft driver is negligent. The only way that the inability to sue Uber and Lyft directly comes into play is when the damages exceed the policy limits. Then, you would either need to use your own underinsured coverage or personally sue the driver themselves.
What Our Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers Will Do For You
As you can see, there are a number of issues that come into play in a rideshare lawsuit. This is why legal help is crucial before you even file the claim. It becomes even more important after you file an insurance claim because your actions could determine whether and how much you recover.
When you have a rideshare accident claim, we help you with the following:
- Speaking with the insurance company and presenting evidence of negligence
- Evaluating any settlement offer you receive and advising you whether it is close to what you deserve
- Negotiating with the insurance company for more money
- Filing a lawsuit if the insurance company will not make you a reasonable settlement offer
Don’t be caught in a situation where you are dealing with insurance adjusters alone and not knowing what your claim is worth. This will cost you money and will lead to settling your case for far less than it is worth. This is why you need an experienced rideshare accident attorney in your corner fighting for you.
Contact a Downey Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
The Downey personal injury attorneys at JLF Firm is here to help when you are seeking compensation for a rideshare accident. Call us today at (562) 418-6880 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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