Popular ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have left traditional taxicab companies in the dust in recent years. However, passengers in these vehicles can become injured just like in any other motor vehicle accident. If you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, the circumstances are often unique when it comes to filing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
An experienced Pomona Uber and Lyft accident lawyer could review the circumstances of your accident case and help you decide on the best course of action. Your lawyer will then work to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation that is available to you in your accident case.
Common Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents in Pomona
Uber and Lyft accidents can occur when the driver of the ridesharing vehicle or another driver on the roadway does something negligent or behaves in a careless or reckless manner. Driver negligence can take on a lot of different forms, including:
- Distracted driving (such as by looking at a cell phone or other electronic device while operating the vehicle)
- Intoxicated or drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
- Violating the California road rules while operating the Uber or Lyft vehicle
Similarly, when other drivers commit negligent acts, and you are a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, you might be eligible to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company.
Uber and Lyft accidents, like other motor vehicle collisions, can lead to head injuries, soft tissue contusions, broken bones, and other serious injuries.
Corporate Ridesharing Policy Limits
In some circumstances, Uber and Lyft corporate insurance policies come into play if an accident occurs. For example, Uber must provide single-accident limits of $1 million that are applicable to property damage, personal injuries, and death. Uber also provides $1 million of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This Uber corporate coverage begins once an Uber driver decides to accept a ride fare – usually by way of the Uber app, which is downloadable on most cell phones and other electronic devices. If the Uber driver has not picked up a passenger yet, different policy limits typically apply – usually $50,000 per person, $100,000 dollars per accident, and $25,000 for property damage.
Damages for Uber and Lyft Accidents
Depending upon the amount of insurance coverage and who was at fault for the accident, an injured passenger in an Uber or Lyft collision may be able to pursue and recover compensatory damages. For example, the ridesharing accident victim could pursue damages for all medical costs and expenses, along with lost earnings. In addition, the accident victim might be able to pursue and recover compensation for inconvenience, suffering, pain, and mental distress resulting from the accident and injuries.
Contact a Pomona Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer about Your Motor Vehicle Collision Today
A Pomona Uber and Lyft accident lawyer can help you determine if you’re eligible to file an insurance claim or lawsuit arising from your ridesharing accident. If so, your Pomona personal injury attorney at The JLF Firm can help you maximize compensation for the injuries which you suffered in your accident. Learn more about your legal options today.
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