Were you injured in an accident involving Uber in Los Angeles, CA? If you were hurt, an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer at M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. We are available 24/7 to take your call at (877) 300-4535.
For years, our team has worked hard to secure fair financial compensation for injured clients across Southern California. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.
Ridesharing companies are convenient but don’t eliminate the risk of accidents. Are you curious about your legal rights after an Uber crash? Contact our law offices in Los Angeles, California, to schedule a free consultation today.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Uber Accident in Los Angeles
Many Los Angeles residents use Uber to get around town. Most of the time, Uber rides are uneventful. However, Uber drivers aren’t specially trained. They’re just individual people using Uber to make extra money.
When an Uber accident happens, filing a claim with insurance claims can be particularly complex. Multiple insurance companies may be involved. Each of those parties will try to pin the blame on someone else. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help cut through the red tape.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience helping clients in situations like yours. We’ve been selected as part of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country by National Trial Lawyers and are rated highly by Super Lawyers.
You can count on our legal team to:
- Handle a full investigation into your accident
- Interview witnesses and locate evidence to prove causation and liability
- Assess your case value
- Hire top-rated experts and specialists as needed
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to win the maximum compensation you deserve
Would you like to have an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer in your corner? Call our law firm to learn more about an attorney-client relationship today.
How Common Are Uber Accidents in Los Angeles?
A recent study used National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data to determine whether Uber and Lyft impacted the number of car accidents in the U.S.
The results are clear. Since 2011, the presence of rideshare companies has caused traffic accidents to increase by two to three percent nationwide.
California has also conducted its own study. The results show that, over a three-year period, over 9,000 insurance claims were filed because of rideshare accidents statewide. The insurance companies paid out over $185 million to rideshare accident victims during that time frame.
What is My Los Angeles Uber Accident Case Worth?
The value of your case depends heavily on the nature and severity of your injuries. However, available insurance coverage is also a major factor in determining how much most personal injury cases are worth.
In the past, it was tough for Uber and Lyft accident victims to recover compensation for their injuries. Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors. That means Uber can’t be held responsible when a ridesharing driver is negligent and causes an accident.
On the other hand, Uber drivers use their own personal vehicles. Personal insurance companies can refuse to pay if the insured driver was using the vehicle for commercial purposes.
Today, California law requires Uber and Lyft to purchase commercial insurance to protect injured parties in an accident. However, multiple insurance policies may be available. Available insurance will depend on the Uber driver’s status at the time of the crash.
An experienced lawyer can help you determine the coverage limits that apply in your case.
Uber Insurance Coverage Requirements in California
If the Uber driver is logged into the app and available to accept a ride, the following coverage applies in California:
- $50,000 for death and bodily injury per person
- $100,000 for death and bodily injury per person
- $30,000 for property damage
From the moment the driver accepts a passenger request until the passenger exits the vehicle, a $1 million policy kicks in. $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage applies while the Uber passenger is in the vehicle.
If the driver isn’t logged into the Uber app, the driver’s personal insurance applies.
How Much is My Specific Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Available insurance coverage isn’t the only factor that’s relevant in calculating the value of your personal injury claim. You’ll have to prove the level of damages you’ve suffered like any other motor vehicle accident victim.
The most important factors in assessing the value of your case include:
- The cost of your medical treatment
- The duration of your recovery
- Whether you lost wages and income
- Whether your injuries are expected to impact your future earnings
- Any damage to your quality of life
- Your emotional suffering
Uber’s commercial insurance coverage is more generous than most personal auto insurance policies. So, you can expect that the insurer will try to drive down the value of your case by claiming you were partly responsible for the accident. They may also claim that your injuries were pre-existing or that you failed to mitigate damages.
Often, the insurer’s claims aren’t legitimate. They’re used to scare you into accepting a lowball settlement. Let our lawyers help you fight back. Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case review today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Uber Accident Victims?
In a successful car accident case, you can recover compensation for economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are your financial costs, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are your subjective, personal losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Putting a dollar value on pain and suffering damages can be particularly difficult. The insurance company might use a multiplier or formula to determine their value. Those insurance estimates aren’t always accurate – you might deserve much more.
You can count on our Los Angeles Uber accident attorneys to fight for every dollar you deserve if you were injured in an Uber accident.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Uber Accident in California?
Unless you were a passenger in the Uber vehicle, you could be blamed for the crash. Under California pure comparative negligence laws, damages are apportioned between all responsible parties after an accident.
If the insurance company can prove you were partly responsible, they can reduce your settlement in proportion to your percentage of fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Uber Accident Injuries
Any car wreck can cause serious injuries. Our lawyers often help clients who have sustained:
- Broken bones
- Nerve injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
Our wrongful death attorneys can also help you fight for fair compensation if you lost a loved one in a fatal Uber accident.
What Causes Most Uber Accidents in Los Angeles, California?
Most often, Uber accidents occur because of:
- Distracted driving
- Stopping in dangerous locations to pick up or drop off passengers
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Aggressive driving
- Illegal lane changes
- Dangerous turns
- Failure to maintain the Uber vehicle
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
Uber drivers are often unfamiliar with the neighborhoods where they’re driving. They might be paying more attention to their GPS than the road conditions around them. If you were hurt in an Uber accident, you have options. Call our Los Angeles personal injury law firm to learn more.
How Do I Prove Negligence After an Uber Accident in California?
You must prove that someone else was responsible in order to recover damages after a rideshare accident. Negligence is a failure to exercise due caution under the circumstances. There are many different ways to prove negligence.
Our lawyers will search for evidence, including:
- Information from the driver’s Uber app
- Video surveillance footage
- Police and accident reports
- Evidence from the crash scene
- Police toxicology results
- And more
Launching an investigation can be tough if you’re recovering from an injury. Let our lawyers handle the details. Get started today by calling to schedule your free case evaluation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Uber Accident in California?
The statute of limitations in California gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the two-year period is over, you simply forfeit your right to damages.
It’s important to take legal action quickly after an accident. You don’t have to wait until you’re fully recovered. Our lawyers are available to come to you, so give us a call today.
If you’re struggling with an injury, you don’t have to handle the insurance claims process alone. Our lawyers would be happy to stand up for you. Just call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer today.
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