Hailing a rideshare vehicle from Uber or Lyft should come with some safety assurances. Your driver should pay attention to the road and not text and drive, for example, and the vehicle should be properly maintained. Unfortunately, lax supervision from Uber and Lyft leads to dangerous and negligent drivers, as well as related rideshare accidents. If you were recently injured in a rideshare accident in Phoenix, Arizona, contact Gerber Injury Law for a free consultation with our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys.
Liability laws, comparative negligence, statutes of limitations and burdens of proof are just some of the elements you may have to navigate as the plaintiff of a rideshare accident claim in Arizona. It can be easy to make a misstep or mistake that ultimately hurts your claim to damages as an unrepresented plaintiff. When you hire an attorney, however, you can rest assured a professional is protecting your rights while you concentrate on recuperating. Your lawyer can file an Uber or Lyft accident claim for you, deal with insurance companies, and demand maximum compensation for your damages on your behalf.
Rideshare drivers do not receive any special training before they accept passengers. Unlike the taxi industry, ridesharing has a contractor business model rather than employees. An Uber or Lyft driver, therefore, is the same as any other driver – and just as prone to making the same mistakes. The difference is that the driver is also responsible for the lives and safety of those in the vehicle. Driver error is the main cause of Uber and Lyft accidents.
Identifying who or what caused your rideshare accident in Arizona is something we can do for you at Gerber Injury Law. Our lawyers have years of experience investigating auto accidents and detecting signs of fault. From there, we can bring a claim against the correct party or parties in pursuit of fair damages for you. Our lawyers will not allow you to settle your claim for less than its true value.
Rideshare accidents are not like typical car accidents. The claims process is different. As an injured victim in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may have more options than just a claim against the at-fault driver. You may qualify for additional coverage through the rideshare company’s insurance policy to fully reimburse you for your damages. Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million in insurance coverage for crash victims. You may qualify for different maximum amounts depending on if the driver was on his or her way to pick up a passenger, waiting for a ride or transporting someone.
In general, an Uber or Lyft accident claim will first go to the insurance provider of the rideshare driver. All Uber and Lyft drivers must maintain their own private insurance policies on top of coverage from the company, according to Arizona’s minimum insurance requirements. When a rideshare driver causes an accident, his or her private insurance will pay for your damages first. If you reach the maximum limit on the driver’s insurance, Uber or Lyft’s insurance will cover the remaining balance. It can be difficult, however, to obtain fair insurance coverage from a rideshare company.
In the past, rideshare companies have been notoriously difficult to hold accountable for accidents. Previous collisions involving Uber and Lyft drivers that cause serious injuries and deaths have led to liability disputes from the company. All rideshare drivers are independent contractors in Arizona. This protects Uber and Lyft from vicarious liability for the negligence of their drivers. Holding a rideshare company liable for your car accident may take assistance from an attorney.
A rideshare accident lawyer from Gerber Injury Law will have experience forcing Uber and Lyft to take responsibility for crashes involving their drivers. If a negligent rideshare driver crashed into you or crashed while you were a rider, we can argue your side of the case to increase your chances of a positive result. Our attorneys can represent you during negotiations with Uber or Lyft’s insurance provider as well as during an injury trial, if necessary. Hiring a lawyer enables you to maximize the compensation you receive for an Arizona rideshare accident.
Financial compensation during an auto accident claim of any kind could repay you for the money you have already spent because of the collision. You could recover the costs of your medical expenses and hospital bills, as well as what it costs to repair or replace damaged property. You could also receive payments for any lost wages due to time in recovery or a disability. In addition, your claim could include compensation for your projected future losses, including ongoing medical care, doctor’s appointments, treatments and lost capacity to earn a living. Finally, your award could include amounts to cover intangible damages, such as physical pain and emotional suffering. The amount of your award will depend on your damages and case details.
An Uber or Lyft accident could cause serious to catastrophic personal injuries. Your life may never be the same after a bad rideshare accident. Do not accept your losses without a fight. A free consultation with our personal injury attorneys at Gerber Injury Law could help you understand the potential value of your rideshare accident claim. It could also answer any questions you may still have about your Uber or Lyft accident. Do not hesitate to call us at (623) 486-8300 24/7 to request a free consultation in a city near you. We represent clients in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.