If you were involved in an accident while using a rideshare service, seeking compensation for the damages might be more complex than you think. Unfortunately, not all drivers with rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are safe drivers. When you trust a stranger to get you from point A to point B, the simple truth is that you place trust in that driver to get you to your destination safety. If you or someone you love was injured in an Uber or Lyft car accident, our firm can help.
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, we have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injured clients, and we want to help you as well. Car accidents can be extremely damaging and may lead to painful or debilitating injuries, requiring ongoing care and expensive treatments. We want to help you fight for justice after an accident and seek maximum compensation from the liable party. Our firm has handled thousands of cases in the Bay area, and we know which legal strategies are necessary to help you, too.
To discuss your car accident case with our personal injury attorneys, call (415) 940-7176.
Whether the driver is simply being careless or are unfamiliar with the area accidents can happen. Rideshare requests often take drivers to areas they don’t frequently drive, leading to confusion about traffic patterns or speed limits, which can ultimately lead to a dangerous crash. The driver might also be intoxicated, inexperienced, or carelessly inattentive.
Rideshare companies rid themselves of as much liability for car accidents as possible. If you are involved in an accident while in a rideshare vehicle, the first thing you need to consider is potential liability. If another driver caused the crash, things might be easier to sort out, but if your driver was responsible, you may have a few more details to sort out.
According to their insurance policies, Uber, Lyft, and similar rideshare companies usually have a $1 million insurance policy in order to cover any damage to the insured individuals. This sounds great, but what happens if the insurance policy doesn’t cover your accident? This policy only extends to rideshare accidents if the driver was working, their app was turned on and in “active” mode. Unfortunately, if the driver’s phone is off, or he or she has not updated the status to reflect that he or she is currently driving you, the rideshare company’s coverage might not apply. All drivers are required to have a certain amount of insurance coverage before they can work for the rideshare companies, so their insurance policy may pay for your damages if the rideshare company’s policy does not.
All auto accidents can be dangerous, and rideshare incidents are no exception. If you were involved in an accident you might have suffered whiplash, a concussion, serious contusions, lacerations, or even broken bones. The treatment of such wounds can be costly, especially if your recovery requires follow-up visits, physical therapy, medication, or surgery.
Our firm can help you fight for maximum compensation after an accident to help you pay for these medical expenses, and any future costs. Compensation might also cover pain and suffering, loss of wages while you recover, and other damages to personal items broken in the crash.
Contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn for a free consultation with our skilled San Francisco car accident attorneys.