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Ariel Law Group Will Fight ForYour Rights In Lyft & Uber Accident Cases

Lyft & Uber Accident Lawyer Serving California

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are an increasingly popular way for people to book rides, but as the drivers are independent contractors who use their own vehicles to transport others, insurance liability is complex in case of a Lyft or uber accident. To make sure you are fairly compensated if involved in an accident while in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you may need the services and support of an Uber accident lawyer from the team at Ariel Law Group.

Companies like Lyft or Uber are considered Transportation Network Companies, or TNC, as they connect those who need transportation with those who provide it in their own cars. While these companies provide some insurance coverage to those who use the services, there are exceptions when other drivers, bicyclists, or pedestrians are involved. Several insurance companies may be involved in any claim.

Complex legal issues arise when third-party liability insurance is involved, as in the ridesharing industry. Laws have continuously challenged the policies of Lyft, Uber, and similar ridesharing services, but it doesn’t appear like we will see clear regulations on this anytime soon.

At Ariel Law Group, we have a team of experienced and competent attorneys who specialize in vehicular accident liability law.

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Do I need to hire a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer?

If you’ve sustained an injury due to a Lyft or Uber accident, the short answer is yes. In these cases, it’s best to begin by consulting with a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer. 

Due to shock and other things that may be on your mind in the immediate aftermath of the accident, injuries aren’t always immediately noticeable. They make take time to appear and when they do, they may cause debilitating pain. This is why it’s crucial to speak with a lawyer about your options. 

If you’ve been in a Lyft or Uber accident that has affected your ability to work, required emergency medical care, or required hospitalization, it’s time to speak to a California Lyft or Uber accident lawyer.

What should I do if I’m in a Lyft or Uber accident while riding as a passenger?

If you are in a Lyft or Uber accident, here is what you should do.

  • Your driver should move the vehicle to an area that is safe and away from traffic. If they do not, remind them to do so. Check yourself and any others present for injuries if you can.
  • If you can, call 911 or ask someone to do it for you. Request an ambulance if necessary. 
  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Insist on filing a police report.
  • Get contact information from your Lyft or Uber driver including their name, license number, and insurance information. You should collect this information from any other drivers involved as well.
  • Take photos of the vehicles, your injuries, and the injuries of others involved. Take photos of the scene as well, including traffic signals and street signs.
  • Do not sign any documents or give any statements to any insurance representative without first speaking to a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer.
  • Do not apologize. This can be used to prove that you were at fault, even if you were not.
  • Do not admit fault.
  • If questioned by a police officer about what happened, do not guess. Only tell the officer what you know happened for certain.
  • Keep all accident-related medical bills stored together in a secure place. These will be provided to your lawyer to help determine the financial compensation you are entitled to.
  • Contact and hire an experienced Lyft or Uber accident lawyer as soon as possible. 

Sticking to this checklist in the event of a Lyft or Uber accident will help you ensure that your rights will be protected and you’ll get the help you need.

I was hit by a Lyft or Uber vehicle. What should I do?

Whether you’re struck by a Lyft or Uber vehicle as a pedestrian or while driving, you have the same rights to restitution as a Lyft or Uber passenger. You should follow the previous checklist as well.

I was in a Lyft or Uber accident while driving for Lyft/Uber. What should I do?

If you have been in an accident while driving for Lyft or Uber, contact a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer as soon as possible. This is especially important if you have been injured. We will work with you to help you understand your options and we’ll fight for the best possible outcome. 

Can I sue Lyft or Uber for an accident?

California Assembly Bill 5, passed in September 2019, has changed many things about the rideshare industry. If you have been in an accident with a Lyft or Uber driver, especially if they were driving recklessly, we recommend setting up a consultation with a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer. 

What types of compensation may I be entitled to?

  • Past and future medical bills related to injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident, including hospital bills, ambulance bills, physical therapy, consultations with specialists, in-home care services, and psychiatric counseling.
  • Past and future lost wages resulting from the accident.
  • Property damage. In the case of a Lyft or Uber accident, this refers to compensation for the cost of damage to any property you had with you during the accident.
  • Pain and suffering resulting from physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. 
  • Punitive damages if the accident was the result of malicious or willful actions.

How long do I have to file my Lyft or Uber accident claim?

You have two years from the time of your Lyft or Uber accident to file your claim, but we recommend beginning this process as soon as possible.

If a federal, state, or municipal vehicle was involved in this accident, you only have six months from the time of the accident to file your claim. When you have such a short amount of time to file your claim, it’s crucial to hire a Lyft or Uber accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Learn more about how Ariel Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve.

With 30 years of experience, we have won millions of dollars in compensation to help alleviate the staggering physical, emotional, and financial toll that accidents take on our clients. Our track record of success indicates we know how to fight for our clients.

Our team has a proven 98% success rate and you will not pay any fees until we win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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