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In Los Angeles, negligent behavior comes with serious consequences. When a driver fails to show a duty of care behind the wheel, not only is their life endangered, but they risk the safety of those on the road with them. This also includes rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. When their drivers get behind the wheel, they become responsible for reasonable safety while operating the vehicle.
Determining Liability When Involved in a Los Angeles Rideshare Accident
If you got injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft-related accident, your damages and injuries may be covered by a commercial insurance policy. You may also need to file suit against the company your driver works for because of the negligent actions their driver performed.
In Los Angeles, you must prove the following three elements to demonstrate the driver or rideshare company was negligent under state law:
They owed you a duty of care, and;
They breached this duty through negligent acts, and;
This negligence is why you were injured.
Uber and Lyft carry $1 million commercial insurance policies to help fill the gap between a driver’s personal vehicle coverage and any damages that exceed it. In cases where a vehicle strikes the one you are riding in, you may have to pursue the driver of the other car for damages. These rideshare companies also carry uninsured/underinsured motorist policies for situations like this. These policies apply when another at-fault vehicle causes an accident and doesn’t have appropriate insurance coverage.
Special Conditions for Uber and Lyft Driver Liability
In the event your Uber or Lyft driver is responsible for injuries you suffered in an accident, liability will depend on what part of the trip the driver was on at the time of the accident.
Typically, four different situations will affect the level of liability a driver may have after negligently causing you injuries in an accident:
Their rideshare app is on, and they are waiting for a passenger assignment.
They do not have the app turned on and are not waiting for passengers.
They have already picked up a passenger.
They are on their way to pick up a passenger.
These scenarios are critical to your injury case because they will determine whose insurance will be liable for your claim. In cases where a rideshare driver has the app turned off, any accident would be covered by their own car insurance and not that of Uber or Lyft. This is because they are not working and not logged in to the app, so collisions during this period are on their personal time.
If your driver had the app on or was waiting on a passenger to arrive, most rideshare companies have contingent coverage available with standard limits. For Uber and Lyft accidents that occur while carrying a rider to their destination or are on their way to pick up the rider, a $1 million commercial insurance policy covers that period.
Working with a car accident attorney who has a proven track record for representing these types of cases successfully is vital to receiving the compensation you need.
Contact Our Los Angeles Lyft and Uber Accident Attorney Right Away
Despite their convenience, using a rideshare service can end in tragedy or severe injuries if a driver is negligent while taking you from point A to point B. If you or a family member were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, working with Brand Law Group can make the difference you need to get the settlement or judgment you need to move forward after this challenging time.
Contact our attorneys Anton Abramyan and Rozie Kanimian to guide you through the claims process and learn what rights to compensation you have under California law.