Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have soared in popularity in California over the past few years. They offer convenience through low fares, short wait times, and the ability to pay through the app. Unfortunately, as these businesses have flourished, so have traffic accidents in which they are involved. At Pathway Law Firm, we understand the laws, rules, and regulations that govern rideshare services and provide our clients with comprehensive representation they can rely on to obtain the compensation they deserve.
Liability in Ridesharing Accidents
As with any car accident in California, liability for accidents involving rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft is determined based upon fault. Generally speaking, the party that is at fault is responsible for compensating the other parties in the accident. All California drivers are required to carry insurance for situations such as this. In order to recover for an injury sustained in a ridesharing accident, the injured party must show the following:
- The at-fault party owed them a duty of care
- The at-fault party breached the duty of care
- The at-fault party’s breach caused the accident that resulted in the injured parties injuries and caused the injured party to experience actual damages, such as medical expenses
It is important to note that rideshare services maintain their drivers are contract employees and do not provide vehicles for their drivers. Because of this, it is not uncommon for Uber and Lyft to claim that they are not responsible for the actions of their drivers. Even so, both of these companies have insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million dollars for accidents caused by their drivers when their drivers are on duty.
What to Do After a Ridesharing Accident in California
After a ridesharing accident, there are steps you should take to preserve evidence so it can be used to help secure the compensation you are owed. These steps include:
- Screenshot The App: Screenshot the information provided to you by the rideshare company through the app, including the drivers name, route traveled, arrival and departure times, and receipt.
- Take Photographs: If possible to safely do so, take photographs of the scene of the accident, including the vehicles, weather conditions, and injuries sustained.
- Avoid Speaking With A Rideshare Representative: It is likely a representative from Uber or Lyft will contact you for a statement. If they do, refer any questions to your attorney. Do the same if an insurance representative contacts you.
Contact Our California Car Accident Attorneys For a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident you need an attorney who understands the rules and regulations that govern this area of the law. Contact the car accidents attorneys at Pathway Law Firm. Our law firm has the experience, knowledge and resources you need to recover the damages you deserve after a ridesharing accident. Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.