Los Angeles Third Party Rights in Ridesharing Accidents
The downside of more and more people using rideshare services in California is that more and more ridesharing accidents are occurring on our streets and highways. Because of the nature of rideshare service, most of these accidents involve third parties. If you are seriously injured by a rideshare driver while driving another vehicle, riding as a passenger in another vehicle, or as a pedestrian or bicyclist, you need the strength of a third-party rights attorney behind you, to help ensure that you receive fair compensation. Compass Law Group, PC is just such a law firm, led by two remarkably well-credentialed and highly skilled rideshare lawyers: Simon Esfandi, Esq. and Joseph Shirazi, Esq.
Because we have handled many similar cases, we are well aware of the workings of rideshare insurance. In a nutshell, the rideshare company bears liability only when their driver is working through his or her rideshare app. This means that we can only tap the $1,000,000 policy the company has for each of its drivers if the driver was actively waiting to be notified of a customer, picking up a passenger, or delivering a customer to her or his destination at the time of the accident.
This means that if a Lyft or Uber driver hurts you in an accident, whether you are the driver or passenger of another car, or a pedestrian or bicyclist, the company is liable for damages if the driver was working for the company at the time. It also means, however, that your situation will be more complex if:
- Another driver was at fault for the accident (especially if that driver was uninsured)
- The accident was caused by a car manufacturing defect
- The accident was caused by a large, unrepaired pothole or debris in the street
In any of the above situations, you will be very glad to have our well-informed, agile rideshare accident lawyers at your side to clarify and handle the situation.
Rideshare drivers, in their quest to make as much money as possible, are trying to get wherever they’re going as quickly as possible. Add to this the following facts and you’ll see why Uber and Lyft drivers may not be as careful as some other drivers on the road:
- Rideshare drivers are not specially trained
- Rideshare drivers are vetted rather superficially
- Rideshare drivers are not drug tested on a regular basis
- Rideshare drivers tend to work very long hours and often work two jobs
- Some rideshare drivers work with only one year of driving experience
- Rideshare drivers use apps and GPS constantly and so may be unusually distracted
For these reasons, if you feel the driver who injured you was inattentive or reckless, you may well be right.
How Compass Law Group Will Help
Our rideshare accident attorneys have the tactical ability to assist you in retaining your third-party rights during litigation. Once we have listened carefully to your story, we will amass evidence concerning:
- The police report
- The accident site
- Witness accounts
- Medical records of your injuries
- Interpretations of medical and mechanical information by experts
- Backgrounds of the rideshare driver and of the company
Most important, we will handle all communications with opposing attorneys and insurance companies and report back to you with any significant developments in your case. We understand how incredibly stressful your situation is, so we will not disturb you any more than is absolutely necessary. Our goal is to allow you time to rest and recover while we fight aggressively to make sure you and your family will have the resources you need going forward.
Knowing how deeply a serious injury affects your loved ones as well as yourself, we will dedicate ourselves to winning compensation to cover your medical costs, your lost income, your property damage, your pain and suffering, and, if appropriate, money to cover your ongoing nursing care, your permanent disability, and your loss of enjoyment of life. Moreover, we won’t charge you a dime until we win your case.
If you are enduring the physical, emotional, and financial pain a serious injury can cause, don’t hesitate at this crucial time. Call on Compass Law Group, PC and let us help you obtain the resources that will give you a clear pathway to a brighter future.
This list isn’t all-inclusive many personal injury suits have been raised based on different factors that aren’t included above. Our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys can work on cases without anything out of pocket.
We’re old enough to have the necessary experience, yet young enough to use the most cutting-edge technology and tactics, and are determined enough to fight and outsmart the other side, every time.