Los Angeles Uber / Lyft Accident Attorney
The age of ride-hailing apps like Uber has arrived, and it has brought with it a whole new type of personal injury claim. If you’ve been injured in an Uber accident, contact a Los Angeles Uber crash lawyer.
Ridesharing has become an incredibly popular mode of transportation due to its convenience for smartphone users. However, just like taxis or buses, when you step into an Uber vehicle, you put your life in the driver’s hands.
If an Uber driver wasn’t being careful with your safety and you were injured as a result, you should be able to sue for damages. Just like any vehicle accident, though, a great deal of investigation and research must be conducted to determine who was at fault, and therefore liable, for the accident.
HOW DOES INSURANCE COVER YOU WHEN YOU ARE A PASSENGER IN AN UBER ACCIDENT?
That’s an excellent question. The experienced rideshare accident attorneys at the Los Angeles office of Garcia & Phan Personal Injury Lawyers are here to explain! Getting into an accident as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle such as Uber or Lyft can be scary, frustrating and also confusing because it is not totally clear how and if you will be covered by insurance.
Uber and Lyft also differ slightly in the way in which their passengers are covered and claims are handled, so this is a common concern for passengers looking to navigate a personal injury claim involving rideshare services. As the number of ridesharing drivers increase, so do the number of Uber accidents in Los Angeles.
It’s important to know the process for making a personal injury claim as well as understand how you may be covered by insurance when you are a passenger in an Uber accident in Los Angeles.
WHAT ARE THE INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR UBER DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA?
Until recently, rideshare companies such as Uber were not required by law to provide insurance to their drivers. However, incidents such as the 2013 wrongful death of 6-year-old Sofia Liu by an inattentive Uber driver ultimately influenced the state to enact thorough laws regarding strict insurance requirements for vehicles operating under Uber.
According to California law, coverage is required, but varies across the different periods:
- Period 1. Rideshare companies must provide primary coverage of $50,000 for death and personal injury per person, $100,000 for death and personal injury per incident, and $30,000 for property damage. Additionally, companies must provide minimum coverage of $200,000 in liability insurance for the driver.
- Periods 2 and 3. Rideshare companies must provide primary commercial insurance coverage of $1 million.
- Period 4. Companies must provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage of $1 million from the moment a passenger enters the vehicle until the passenger exits the vehicle.
Although this might seem like more than enough coverage in a serious accident, often insurance claims may be denied or settlements may come in significantly lower than expected for seemingly random reasons. In order to prevent this, it’s highly recommended to retain the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney from Garcia & Phan.
Damages in Los Angeles Uber Accidents
The following are a few of the items for which you may be able to seek compensation after your Uber accident:
Getting these claims will be challenging, however. If you leave everything to Uber’s insurance provider, there’s a chance you’ll receive a smaller payout than you deserve. You can improve your odds by hiring an Uber accident attorney in Los Angeles.
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