Lawyers Who Fight For You After Uber/Lyft Accidents
Ridesharing has become an increasingly popular alternative to taxis or public transportation, and in many ways, California is the epicenter of the industry. The two largest rideshare companies, Uber and Lyft, are both headquartered here. Other services are gaining popularity too such as new rideshare services such as Sidecar and Wingz. These services pose unique legal challenges and complex insurance issues.
Ridesharing services are popular as they are easy to book using a Smartphone and the services tend to cost less than your typical cab fare. Unfortunately, those savings could suddenly become very expensive if you are ever involved in a car accident with a rideshare driver or while riding as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle.
There is still some regulatory uncertainty surrounding the ridesharing industry, including uncertainty about insurance coverage. To ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries, it is important to work with an experienced attorney like those at The Weinberger Law Firm.
How Does Insurance Work In Rideshare Accidents?
Rideshare companies require their drivers to be insured, but these are almost always personal insurance policies. Most rideshare companies explicitly do not cover accidents that occur while the vehicle is being used for commercial purposes (such as giving rides for money).
The companies themselves do have commercial policies to supplement individual driver policies, but coverage can literally change from moment to moment, depending on whether the driver is between passengers, transporting a passenger or on the way to pick one up.
If insurers can potentially reduce their claim payouts, they will likely contest every detail of the accident, including when it happened, who was at fault, and even which insurance policy should be covering the crash. As the victim of a rideshare accident, you can easily get caught in the middle and end up being offered far less than your claim is worth.
Reasons Taxicab Drivers Cause Accidents
When taxicab accidents happen, the driver, the cab company and even the cab’s manufacturer may be responsible. Perhaps the driver contributed to the accident by:
- Failing to stop or yield
- Failing to ensure that the cab is in good working order
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Whether you were a passenger in the taxi – or a pedestrian or cyclist who was struck by a cab – you may be grappling with serious injuries, significant medical bills, and countless uncertainties. At The Weinberger Law Firm in Sacramento, our taxicab accident lawyers can help you pursue the compensation you need to put this behind you. With nearly 60 years of combined personal injury experience, we have the knowledge and resources to fight for you.
How An Attorney Can Help After An Accident
Our experienced injury attorneys have tracked the evolution of ridesharing laws and regulations from the beginning. We understand how these businesses operate, and we know how insurance companies will fight to protect their own bottom line. Our only job is to advocate for you, and we will do so as aggressively as is necessary to secure fair compensation. We typically try to settle out of court when possible, to save you time and money. But we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if insurers or rideshare companies refuse to negotiate in good faith.
Get A Free Consultation About Your Accident
Contact our car accident attorneys in Sacramento to discuss your injury claim. We offer a free initial consultation where you can get honest answers to your questions and learn more about your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 916-304-0952 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.