Maven is a rental company that allows users to take vehicles on the road for personal use and for the gig economy
. The main draw of Maven is in users being able to list their cars so others can drive them; it has been described as the AirBNB of vehicles. Beyond that service, there is also Maven Gig, which allows drivers to rent cars to use for Uber, Deliv, Grubhub, and more. The rental agreements are set up to last weekly instead of daily. This allows greater flexibility and more usage for Maven’s customers. However, with the common occurrence of accidents, it is no surprise that there is a lot of talk and confusion regarding liability and insurance. If you were hurt while in a Maven vehicle, you may be able to take action and sue Maven for your injuries
. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group
can help you win the compensation you need for your claim.
How Maven Works
Maven Gig, the service used to provide drivers with vehicles so they deliver food and offer rideshare trips, is accessed via an app on users’ phones. They log in and select a car to drive for a certain amount of money. The cost of a car is generally around $199 per week
, while SUVs can total $325 per week
. The $199 is accompanied with a matching security deposit (which is refundable) and will likely accrue tax fees, gas costs, additional costs, and more.
You can renew the rental for up to 35 days past the initial date in order to keep driving for Uber. This allows you to maximize your profits without cutting into your time.
Maven has the following requirements for its customers and drivers:
- You must be an approved Maven member
- You must be over the age of 21 years old
- You must have a valid U.S. driver’s license that isn’t suspended, restricted, or revoked
- You must have a valid credit or debit card on file
- You must meet the eligibility requirements that are listed in the Member Agreement
- You must accept the Terms and Conditions in the Lease/Rental Agreement
- You must accept General Motor’s Privacy Statement
In addition, you will need to be in good standing with Uber and be approved to drive for the company. Uber will conduct a background check, evaluate your license, and more when considering hiring you. Once you have been approved, you have the freedom to use Maven.
Maven Car Accidents
You may be driving a Maven vehicle for personal use or for Uber
and other gig jobs when you are involved in an accident. The accidents can occur anywhere, anytime, and for any reason. Even though you may be one of the careful drivers on the road, the same cannot be said for other individuals. The primary causes of Maven car accidents are
- Vehicle unfamiliarity
- Poor weather
- Road defects
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Turning without using a turn signal
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Driving while tired
These are primarily troubles that rivers have themselves. If you were in an accident while driving a Maven vehicle, you ay not be able to sue the company if you were at fault or if another car hit you. In general, rental car companies cannot be sued for accidents
because they only provided the car and did not condone your careless actions.
However, there are ways in which you can file a claim against Maven. You have the right to pursue compensation if you were struck by someone who should not have been driving a Maven vehicle, such as someone with a suspended license. You may also be able to sue Maven if you were behind the wheel of one of the vehicles and it turned out that the car was defective or had mechanical issues with it that caused your accident.
Maven should inspect its vehicles if they own the fleet, as they should not be held accountable for the routine maintenance of cars that are listed by customers. They can, however, still be held liable if the person listing the vehicle did not make the company or other driver aware of certain problems with the car.
Negligence and Liability of Maven
Maven does provide insurance coverage up to the state minimum for liability. This protects drivers in the event of injuries. It also has a vehicle protection or damage fee, which is covered after a deductible; this is common with rental car agencies. In order to file a lawsuit against Maven, you must be able to prove that the company was somehow negligent and contributed to the accident. Your rights would only have been violated if the company negligently allowed someone to drive the car or provided a defective vehicle to you, as noted above. You must prove these four points:
- You were owed a duty of care
- The care of duty was violated in some way
- The violation led to an accident
- The accident resulted in physical harm
Therefore, if you were driving a car that had brake problems, Maven was negligent in its inspection and was not careful or attentive enough. This is a basic violation and you were not protected as a customer. If you could not properly brake or stop at an intersection and you were struck by a car, which caused you to go to the hospital for injuries, you could sue Maven.
What To Do After A Maven Car Accident
If you have been involved in a Maven car accident, you should follow these steps to ensure that your rights are preserved and that your health is not compromised. Too often, individuals will try to leave the scene of the accident and will not do all they can to gather evidence. This is understandable if you are severely injured and must be transported to the hospital by paramedics, but if you have the ability to get proof while there, you should.
The first step should be to call the paramedics anyway to come for treatment you may also choose to go to the doctor at a later date, but it should not be too long after the incident. If there is a large gap in time, the insurance agent can claim that there was another incident that probably happened and caused you such injuries. You should get treatment even if you feel you weren’t’ injured, as some injuries may be hidden or may show up after the adrenaline has worn off.
Next, you should take photos of everything available, including your injuries, the damage to the vehicles, the scene of the accident, and more. If you can acquire videos, like dashboard camera footage, that will come in handy.
You can keep copies of all important documents, like medical receipts, paperwork from Maven, the police report, screenshots of your app, bank statements showing your purchase for the rental vehicle, and more.
It will be in your best interest to interview eyewitnesses and passengers who saw the incident happen, as more perspectives supporting yours will allow you to have a better chance with the claim.
You should write down the contact information and insurance details of any other party involved in the incident.
Finally, it is highly recommended that you consult with a Maven rental car accident lawyer
who can handle your lawsuit for you. You should not try to deal with the case by yourself, as you may lack the necessary negotiating experience, not have enough time to dedicate to the case, and be rejected by the agent for not posing a serious threat. An expert attorney can ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries if you were hurt in a Maven car accident.
Maven Rental Car Accident Lawsuit Compensation
Victims of Maven rental car accidents
can have their losses and damages paid for by the company. You should not be forced to pay for the damages that were caused by another party’s negligent or careless action. You have the ability to get paid for the following losses:
- Medical expenses from the past and future
- Lost income from the past and future
- Property damage to your belongings
- Pain and suffering damages for your psychological trauma
To receive the maximum settlement available under the law, you will need representation from a skilled Maven car rental accident attorney.
Our Firm is Here for You
The Downtown LA Law Group
knows that it can be hard to proceed with any insurance claim or lawsuit. This is why we believe that we are the best firm for the job. We protect all our clients and strive to win you every penny you deserve. We treat you like family and do not stop pursuing your rightful compensation until we are satisfied with the results or earnings. If we have to go to court to defend your rights in front of a jury, we are willing to do so. Our aggressive lawyers are lauded as the best in the business for Maven car rental accident lawsuits.
Contact our firm
today to speak with a lawyer and receive a free legal consultation. All of your questions can be answered and we will tell you what we believe your case is worth. We will also inform you of our zero fee guarantee, which says that you have no obligations to pay us with your own savings. We cover the costs of the case ourselves and we only get paid if we win; the money will come from the insurance settlement. If we lose, we take no money at all from you.
Ring our offices today to speak with a skilled Maven rental car accident lawyer
to sue Maven for injuries.
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