As Uber and Lyft continue to grow and continue to put more of their drivers on the road, incidents have increased. Uber and Lyft accidents are, unfortunately, very common. Whether the rideshare drivers are being as safe as possible or are being reckless, accidents can happen. Drivers and passengers, alike, can suffer significant injuries, some of which could ultimately lead to amputations.
Did you suffer an amputation after being involved in an Uber or Lyft accident? If so, you might have grounds to take legal action – you might be eligible to sue Uber or Lyft for your amputation. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a claim for the harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance at your earliest convenience.
You can trust the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group to handle your claim effectively and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, including Uber and Lyft accident claims. Our experts are ready to fight for your right to sue and receive the compensation that you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact our firm today.
Amputations Resulting from Car Accidents
Car accidents are often associated with scrapes and bruises and possibly a few broken bones. However, some injuries can be so severe that they could require amputations. Severe burns (if cars ignite after crashes) as well as crush injuries (where bones and tissues are irreparably damaged) can lead to amputations. Fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, and legs can be amputated. Without a doubt, amputations could significantly affect a victim’s quality of life.
About Uber and Lyft’s Insurance Coverage
Uber and Lyft offer an insurance policy that covers their drivers as well as their passengers in the case of an accident. Everyone who either drivers for Uber or Lyft or frequently rides as a passenger should be familiar with the insurance policies that these rideshare companies have in case of an accident.
The insurance policies offered by Uber and Lyft are very similar. The insurance policies apply either partially or fully depending on the circumstances. All rideshare drivers are required to have personal insurance coverage; therefore, the coverage provided by Uber and Lyft is contingent. Coverage will never apply if an accident occurs while the rideshare driver is logged out of the rideshare app and driving for personal reasons.
When Uber or Lyft drivers log onto their app and become available to accept ride requests, the coverage applies. In other words, during the time that drivers are available to pick up passengers, even if they have not accepted any rides yet, coverage applies. During this time, coverage includes up to $50,000 per bodily injury and up to $100,000 per accident, as well as up to $25,000 in property damage. This is what would be considered partial coverage.
When does full coverage apply? When the Uber or Lyft driver accepts a ride request from a passenger, the coverage changes and full coverage applies. More specifically, as soon as the driver accepts the ride, while he or she is driving towards the pick-up location, while he or she is driving with the passenger to the drop off location, and up until the passenger is dropped off and the ride is ended, coverage applies. Coverage includes up to $1,000,000 in liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and contingent collision and comprehensive coverage.
The main difference between the insurance coverage provided by each rideshare company is the deductible for contingent collision and comprehensive coverage – Uber has a $1,000 deductible while Lyft has a $2,500 deductible.
To learn more about the insurance coverage that Uber and Lyft offer in the case of auto accidents, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Your Right to Sue and Receive Compensation
Depending on the details surrounding your claim, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft. You might also have grounds to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. If you are eligible to recover compensation, how much could you receive? What type of compensation could you be awarded? Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Although the recovery of the types of compensation listed above is possible, there is no guarantee on what claimants could recover as compensation will always be strictly based on the details surrounding your accident claim; therefore, it is essential that you have the appropriate legal representation. If you are represented by an experienced Uber ad Lyft accident attorney, you will always have someone aggressively fighting for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim.
Do you really need legal representation to sue and fight for your right to be compensated? Have you ever had to deal with an insurance company on your own? Insurance companies will never make things easy. They will do everything within their reach to prevent a simple process that eventually leads to paying claimants. Every time insurance companies have to make a payout, they lose money – it is not in their best interest to make the process easy for claimants. Insurance companies often resort to many tricks, such as not picking up calls, not returning calls, not responding to emails, and not relaying information, for example. These tricks often lead to claimants simply growing tired of the situation and withdrawing their claims.
When you have an experienced attorney representing you, you will always have someone ensuring that the insurance companies are taking your claim seriously. To learn more about the compensation that you could recover with the help of a knowledgeable attorney representing you, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.
What Should You Do After Rideshare Accidents?
Uber and Lyft accidents, and auto accidents in general, can leave affected parties shaken up. It can take some time to realize what happened and what should happen next. All parties who frequently drive for or ride with Uber or Lyft should be aware of the specific actions that they should take if they are ever involved in an accident relating to the rideshare services.
What should you do? Consider the following recommendations:
- Take photos of the scene of the accident (if possible, before any vehicles are moved)
- Take photos of any of the physical injuries suffered in the accident
- Seek medical care (contact emergency services immediately if necessary)
- Take a screenshot of the Uber or Lyft app that shows that you were on an active ride at the time of the accident
- File an accident report with local authorities
- Gather witness information (if any were present)
- Collect the insurance information and contact information of all parties involved
- Report the accident to Uber or Lyft through their app
- Collect all medical records associated with the harm suffered
- Contact a lawyer experienced in Uber and Lyft accidents as well as amputations resulting from auto accidents
Why is following the steps listed above so important? Without a doubt, the first thing that affected parties think of after accidents is not the possibility of suing. However, following the steps listed above will ensure that you have the tools necessary to sue if you ultimately decide to follow that path. Because Uber and Lyft accidents often result in extensive injuries, all parties who frequently use the service (both drivers and passengers) should be familiar with the different steps that they should follow after an accident. For more information about the recommended steps that affected parties should follow after an Uber or Lyft accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm at your earliest convenience.
Filing within the Statute of Limitations
If your amputation was a result of an injury suffered in an Uber or Lyft accident, you might have the right to sue. However, were you aware that you could lose your right to sue? Specifically, you could lose your right to sue if you failed to file your claim within the appropriate timeframe.
All claims, including Uber and Lyft accident claims, are subject to deadlines – established by a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations essentially determines the specific length of time that claimants have to file their claim. What happens if claims are not filed on time? If claims are not filed within the time allowed by the appropriate deadline, claimants will simply lose their right to sue (which means that they will also lose their right to receive any form of compensation).
Because claims are time sensitive, it is essential that you have a thorough understanding of the deadlines that apply to your claims. How long do you have to file your claim? In California, car accident claims, including both Uber and Lyft accident claims, are generally subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants will have two years to file their claims. As mentioned above, failing to file within the deadline will result in losing the right to sue.
Although the deadline is strict, certain exceptions can apply (based on the details surrounding the claim). These exceptions could toll or pause the applicable deadline, meaning that the deadline might not start running until a later date.
Without a doubt, it is absolutely essential for claimants to be familiar with the deadlines that apply to their claims. To learn more about the total length of time that you have to file your amputation injury claim against Uber or Lyft after an accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm immediately.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Unfortunately, some of the injuries suffered during car accidents are so severe that amputations are medically necessary. If you suffered injuries in an Uber or Lyft accident that ultimately resulted in an amputation, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Your right to pursue a claim will always be based on the details surrounding the incident and the harm that you suffered; therefore, you should discuss your situation with a car accident expert immediately – you can trust the lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group to provide you with the guidance that you need to take legal action against the party or entity liable for the harm that you suffered.
Why should you trust Downtown L.A. Law Group? Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm that is committed to helping injured victims and their families take legal action and hold liable parties/entities accountable for the harm suffered. Not only are our lawyers experienced in car accident claims, but also in rideshare accident claims. Our experienced Uber and Lyft accident attorneys are ready to provide you with the legal assistance necessary to pursue your claim.
As mentioned above, our firm is committed to representing all affected parties; our experts are dedicating to keeping our legal services accessible to all. Because of this, our firm offers free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our clients will get all their questions answered and all their concerns addressed; during these free legal services, our experts will provide you with all the information that you might need to either start or continue your claim against Uber or Lyft. If you would like to benefit from the free legal services that we offer, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience to speak with our experts.
Our law firm also offers a Zero-Fee guarantee. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on contingency; this simply means that our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome.
If you are ready to explore the possibility of filing an Uber or Lyft accident claim, do not hesitate to contact our experts at your earliest convenience – our amputation experts are ready to evaluate your claim and fight for your right to sue.