UBER & LYFT ACCIDENTS
Ridesharing has quickly become the new "taxi service" of our generation. Businesses like Uber and Lyft have created jobs for millions of people and have the potential to make the roads safer. In fact, it's reported that Uber is located in 500 cities across the country and has roughly 400,000 drivers who provide over 15 million rides every day. Lyft doesn't ail in comparison as the number of rides it has given increased from 2.7 million in 2013 to over 375 million in 2017.
Uber & Lyft Passenger Injuries
Feeling too sleepy to get behind the wheel? Maybe you've tossed one too many drinks back and aren't sober enough to drive. Either way, ridesharing has become an optimal, wise decision with the goal of avoiding car accidents — and theoretically, there should be a decline in some of those statistics we see concerning accidents caused by DUIs.
But, what happens when you make the smart choice to call a rideshare service and end up getting into an accident anyway? Is there any compensation available for those who used a rideshare service and still didn't make it home safe and sound? The answer is yes, there is compensation for you and at United Citizen Law we'll fight to help you recover every dime.
What If I Was the Driver, Not the Passenger?
At the same time, the other side of the spectrum should be considered, too. Sometimes, it's not the driver who was being negligent, but the passenger. It's not uncommon for drivers to deal with belligerent passengers. Sure, it may be the alcohol that's influencing their irresponsible behavior, but that's no excuse. If you were acting as a safe and responsible driver and it was the passenger who caused the accident, we've got you covered.
Then again, maybe neither the driver nor the passenger was to blame. Perhaps it was another driver in a different car that caused the accident and consequent injuries. No need to worry — we fight cases like this, too.
Do Uber and Lyft provide any insurance coverage?
Rideshare companies are governed by a completely different set of laws than everyday drivers and have separate standards to adhere to. However, both Uber and Lyft provide insurance coverage for their drivers and passengers. In the event of an accident, what happens next depends on whoever is determined to be at fault.
If Uber or Lyft is at fault, then they have liability insurance to cover the driver and passenger. If they aren't at fault, uninsured and underinsured insurance is available to protect the passenger and driver.
SACRAMENTO AREA UBER & LYFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
More often than not, choosing to take an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare service vehicle is a choice rooted in responsibility. Whether you're feeling fatigued or have had one too many, opting not to get behind the wheel is a smart decision. When you end up in an accident anyway, it's okay to feel angry. If this has happened to you in the Sacramento area, give United Citizen Law a call. We can help you seek justice.