Rideshare vehicles have given passengers the flexibility to hail a car from their mobile device, often at a lower price than a taxi. They have made fundamental changes to how people get around in Riverside and across Southern California. One unfortunate byproduct of these vehicles is that they have increased the danger on the roads. Poorly trained drivers who have one eye on their rideshare apps end up causing more than their share of accidents. If you were injured in a crash involving a rideshare vehicle, contact a Riverside Uber and Lyft attorney today.
Uber and Lyft Protect Themselves Above All Else
Uber and Lyft are each worth tens of billions of dollars in market capitalization. One reason is that their business model is all about protecting their own bottom lines. They have classified all of their drivers as independent contractors, so they cannot be sued for any injuries that drivers cause.
Nonetheless, there is compensation available for you if you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident. There is the most coverage available when you have been hurt as a passenger in the rideshare. This is a covered accident, and there is up to $1 million of coverage.
However, you should know that there are different coverage levels depending on whether a passenger is in the car. You need an experienced Uber and Lyft accident lawyer to understand how the process works and how you could receive compensation.
Dealing with Uber and Lyft’s Insurance Companies
While there are some different coverage rules, the common element in a rideshare accident claim is there will be an insurance company involved. The companies that handle Uber’s and Lyft’s business see a large volume of claims related to these policies. For them, rideshare insurance is a money-making business. They will make it difficult for you to get the full value of your claim unless you know how to play their game.
You should also never assume that the insurance company will just concede liability. They may try to protect themselves by denying that the driver was responsible for the crash. They could claim that a third party was the responsible driver, and you should file a claim against that insurance instead. Part of the challenge with rideshare accidents is knowing where to file your claim and which coverage applies.
Even then, you need someone to neutralize the built-in advantage that Uber’s and Lyft’s insurance companies have over you. They do this all the time, and they know the exact value of a claim. Their lawyers and adjusters are experienced, and you need someone who could represent your legal interests in the face of the natural edge that the insurance company has. You need to come with an aggressive and dedicated attorney when you are playing on their home turf. This is exactly what we are all about at The JLF Firm.
Experienced Riverside Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Call Riverside personal injury attorneys today at (951) 476-2373 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We will fight for your interests in a system that is designed to protect the finances of big companies. The law is the great equalizer in your case, and let us work for you.
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