Have you been injured in a car accident while in an Uber or Lyft? Los Angeles sees more than double the number of fatalities than any other part of California. Rideshare taxis have become more and more popular and have practically taken over the ancient “taxi” business. Due to the popularity of these programs, unqualified drivers are often asked to work for Uber and Lyft, whom essentially cause accidents that leave passengers injured. We at Gould & Jefferson understand that this may be a difficult time for people who have been injured, and our team of attorneys take each case with the required compassion for you in order to make sure that you are receiving the best treatment, while also ensuring that you are adequately compensated for your damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in Uber or Lyft car accident, it is important to talk to a Los Angeles Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer. Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has experienced and dedicated attorneys standing by to assist you. Call (310) 899-9529 now to schedule a free 1- hour consultation with our team of attorneys.
Uber and Lyft Information
Gould & Jefferson sees clients who have been involved in accidents with Uber and Lyft drivers, and the first question is always, whose car insurance coverage will apply and who can we recover from. Uber and Lyft are similar to taxi services in which they do not own, operate or control their vehicles. There has been a lot of case law where Uber and Lyft had attempted to escape liability when accidents with their drivers occurred, however, these attempts were unsuccessful and California courts held that Uber and Lyft must provide a 1-million dollar policy for their drivers. This is a huge relief for victims of negligence by Lyft and Uber drivers. Because of the large policy provided for these Uber and Lyft drivers, victim can recover up to 1 million dollars each. Many times, Uber and Lyft drivers work without having the proper ride share insurance, however, this is not an excuse for Uber and Lyft. The 1-million dollar policy will kick in as soon as the driver is connected to the app and has a rider in the car or queued for pick up.
When do you Need an Attorney?
There are certain situations where an attorney should be retained where car accidents are concerned. You may be able to get a settlement without the use of a lawyer; however, these offers will likely be very low and can cause you to miss out on the true value of your case.
Here are some instances of such cases that practically require the assistance of an attorney:
- When the other party is denying fault
- If this occurs, it is important to have an attorney on your side that can assist you in investigating, obtaining the proper evidence and proving the negligence of the other party in order for you to recover any sort of compensation.
- When there are catastrophic injuries or permanent injuries that will have an impact on an individual’s life for a significant period of time. Such as loss of employment and permanent medical conditions that require in home nursing assistance. These victims can also be compensated for loss of enjoyment of life.
- An attorney will be needed to evaluate your claim and assess the value of the future treatment and the losses correlated to such injury.
- When there is a severe psychological injury involved
- These damages are hard to prove but attorneys can help to obtain a record to provide as evidence to insurance companies and obtain monetary compensation for such injuries.
When Should I call an Attorney?
It is best to consult with an attorney Immediately after an accident. An attorney will be able to direct you to get the proper medical attention at no out of pocket cost. They will also be able to investigate the scene and make sure that fault is not denied by the opposing party’s insurance company.
Victims of car accidents have two years from the date of injury to file a claim, so it is essential that you seek an attorney as soon as the accident occurs and begin getting the treatment that you need, so that you can recover for such treatment. In California, if the victim is a minor, his or her 2-year period begins once he or she turns 18. State law also provides a three-year time frame for property damage claims to be filed. These statutes of limitations do not apply to your insurance company’s claim and therefore, you should claim property damage and personal injury to your car insurer immediately after the accident.
Hire a Knowledgeable Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
The unfortunate truth is that there are thousands of car accidents every day, many of which cause property damage, physical injury, or death. Recovery does not occur automatically, as insurance companies are businesses with the primary motivation of maintaining profit. Insurance adjusters will always to try get away with paying as little money as possible. The attorneys at Gould & Jefferson know how to approach, deal, and settle with insurance companies to get car accident victims the highest compensation for their loss and injuries.
Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has knowledgeable Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys that know how to deal with insurance companies in order to overcome these arguments and tactics that they use. This is why it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable team of Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyers fighting by your side. Call (310) 899-9529 to speak with the Best Los Angeles Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers.