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California was the first state to legalize ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft back in 2013. The California Public Utilities Commission created a new class of “Transportation Network Companies” that operated according to a separate set of rules from regulated taxicab services. This legislation left consumers with an unprecedented dilemma: who is responsible for ride sharing accidents? As an experienced ride sharing accident attorney in Los Angeles, Grey Law has the resources you need to make a case against rideshare drivers and companies.

WHO IS LIABLE IN A UBER OR LYFT ACCIDENT?
In 2014, California’s Labor Commissioner awarded an Uber driver more than $4,000 in business expenses after it rejected Uber’s stance that the driver was an independent contractor, not an employee. This is an important distinction other states have yet to make. Uber alleged that its drivers are independent contractors, and thus the company is not involved in accidents. In states that agree with Uber’s classification, this means accident victims can only seek retribution from the individual driver instead of the company.

Independent contractors driving for ride sharing companies use their own private insurance policies. There is no guarantee that these policies are sufficient for covering a passenger’s personal damages. These insufficiencies can translate into increased risks for the passenger, whose legal rights are consequently limited. In California, however, it is feasible for a passenger to sue the ride sharing company for damages based on strict liability laws if the courts agree that the driver is an employee and not an independent contractor.

If you are involved in a ride sharing auto accident in California, you may be able to sue the rideshare company as well as the driver as an individual. Strict liability laws typically make an employer legally responsible for the actions of employees while they are acting on job-related duties. Thus, if a rideshare driver’s negligence caused your accident and the courts maintain that the driver is an employee, you and any other victims may sue the company. In cases where the driver is an independent contractor, victims can sue the individual for damages.

RIDE SHARE UBER OR LYFT DRIVER LIABILITY INSURANCE IN CALIFORNIA
July 1, 2015 marked the first date that California required rideshare drivers and companies to carry liability insurance coverage. Drivers must have liability insurance in three periods:

  1. When they open the app and wait for a match
  2. When they’re on their way to pick up a passenger
  3. When the passenger enters and exits the vehicle

Also after this date, California law asserts that typical personal auto insurance does not cover Transportation Network Company activities. The driver must maintain primary liability insurance with certain minimums, such as a $100,000 minimum for injury to multiple persons. The rideshare company must also maintain $1 million in liability coverage for periods two and three as listed above. These laws help close insurance gaps in ridesharing coverage to ensure passengers and pedestrians are covered in the event of an accident.

HOW AN UBER AND LYFT ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOUR CASE
Because the use of Uber and Lyft has increased exponentially the past few years, so have accidents. Although it is a convenient way of getting around, it does not eliminate the risks of accidents. The rideshare concept allows ordinary people to become drivers, as Uber and Lyft drivers do not receive any special training nor do they need to meet specific qualifications. If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident while using one of these services, it is important to know that you have rights to pursue justice and compensation for your injuries and losses. Our Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles can help you with your case from start to finish. As an experienced Lyft accident lawyer, it is imperative that you seek help as soon as possible to preserve evidence related to your case. We will handle every aspect of your case.

HOW TO RECOVER COMPENSATION FROM UBER AND LYFT ACCIDENTS
Uber and Lyft accidents are very complex. There are a number of parties that are involved, as well as multiple insurance companies. It is best that you consult with an attorney who specializes in these matters, as it will increase the probability of you obtaining the maximum settlement you deserve. Our team will do everything it takes to ensure that you receive the full and fair settlement you deserve after an accident. We will help you recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and much more. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE HIT BY AN UBER OR LYFT DRIVER
If you were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, here are the steps you should take to protect your health and your rights:

  1. Get medical attention for your injuries.
  2. Call the police and make a police report.
  3. Obtain information for drivers involved, such as name, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance information, and phone number. In addition, if there are any witnesses, obtain their contact information as well. 
  4. Take photos of damages, injuries, accident scene, and anything else relevant to the accident.
  5. Contact an Uber or Lyft accident lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible. 

WHAT DOES RIDESHARE INSURANCE COVER?
If you own a car, you will already have insurance on it. Your current insurance only covers the personal use of your car. If you go work as a rideshare driver, you will need to get insurance that covers the business use of your automobile. It is the only way to cover expenses, which may include vehicle repairs and the medical bills of your passengers, if you are ever in an accident while on the clock for Uber or Lyft.

WILL MY PERSONAL CAR INSURANCE COVER RIDE SHARING?
No, your personal insurance does not cover ride sharing. As a driver, you will need an additional form of insurance coverage specifically for ridesharing.

SEEK COUNCIL FROM OUR LOS ANGELES RIDE SHARING ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
When you need help from an experienced Los Angeles Lyft accident attorney or Los Angeles Uber accident attorney, trust Grey Law. Our lawyers stay on top of the changing laws regarding ride sharing in California and in other states, and they know how to leverage previous case outcomes in favor of accident victims. Ride sharing accidents can be frightening and confusing. Leaving your personal injury lawsuit in expert hands can give you peace of mind.

It is important to consult with an expert who knows what to do if you are a Uber/Lyft driver involved in an accident or if you are a passenger in an Uber/Lyft accident.

To get in touch with our Los Angeles accident attorneys, call (323) 701-1183 for a free case evaluation. We will assess your accident and investigate the ride sharing company and driver responsible. Contact us to speak with an attorney about your rights as a ride sharing passenger or pedestrian involved in an accident.

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