With the advent of ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, getting where you need to go is easier than ever. All it takes is a few taps of the touchscreen, and within minutes a driver will be on his or her way to wherever you are. But sometimes when you’re riding in an Uber or Lyft, accidents happen.
If you are injuredin an accident while riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by anUber or Lyft contractor, it can be tough to determine who is legally required to compensate you for your injuries and other damages like lost wages and pain and suffering. Depending on the nature of the accident, responsible parties could include the Uber or Lyft driver, the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash, or insurance coverage held by Uber or Lyft.
Under California law, Uber and Lyft are required to carry $1 million in coverage for death, personal injury, or property damage caused by their drivers. The law also requires Uber and Lyft to provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for their drivers and passengers. Still, because Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors and not employees, figuring out who is legally responsible for damages – whether it’s the ridesharing company, the Uber or Lyft driver, or another third party – can be a confusing and intimidating process, especially when everyone is looking for someone else to blame.
Recovering from an accident is hard enough without having to navigate a complex and potentially overwhelming legal landscape, especially when insurance companies are involved. Knowing your rights and having an experienced attorney on your side can help ensure the best possible financial outcome for you and your family while you focus on more important things like healing, recuperating, and getting your life back to normal.
At Cabral Law Group, we have the dedication and experience to take on small or large cases while providing one-on-one, personalized service. Jimmy Cabral founded the Cabral Law Group to focus exclusively on representing victims who have been injured due to the recklessness and negligence of others. Unlike many attorneys at larger firms, Mr. Cabral is personally involved in every aspect of our clients’ claims, including evaluation, assembly of evidence, and all court appearances.
Mr. Cabral has a wide range of legal experience that includes working as a defense attorney for the insurance industry, so he understands the difficult challenges insurance companies present to our clients. Because of his intimate inside knowledge of the insurance industry’s tactics, he is able to work around those obstacles and obtain maximum benefits for our clients.
If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft-related accident, you don’t have to go it alone. The Cabral Law Group can help you get the medical treatment and compensation you deserve. Request a consultation today.