Were you involved in an Uber or Lyft accident as a rideshare driver? If so, your driver account was likely deactivated after the accident. Although driver deactivation is relatively common after car accidents, many drivers are permanently deactivated – even if the accident was not their fault in any way.
If you were involved in a rideshare incident that resulted in both injuries and deactivation of your driver account, you should seek legal assistance immediately. You might have grounds to pursue a claim for the harm that you suffered; you might also be eligible for account reactivation.
If you would like to learn more about the possibility of pursuing a claim after your Uber or Lyft accident, do not hesitate to contact the rideshare accident experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. At our firm, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all types of claims – always representing our clients and helping them recover the compensation that they deserve. If you would like to discuss your claim with the Uber and Lyft accident experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
Understanding the Reasons behind Deactivations
Driver deactivations happen every day. Some of the common reasons for Uber and Lyft drivers to be deactivated and no longer allowed to drive with the rideshare apps include the following:
- Expired documentation
- Flags in updated background checks/li>
- Passenger complaints regarding inappropriate contact/li>
- Passenger complaints regarding unsafe driving/li>
- Poor ratings/li>
- Violation of zero-tolerance policies/li>
Based on these points, rideshare companies deactivate drivers to ensure that only those who are fit to drive for their companies continue doing so. They are essentially protecting their passengers as well as themselves by deactivating unfit drivers. However, drivers are sometimes unfairly deactivated after accidents that occurred through no fault of their own.
Why Drivers are Deactivated after Car Accidents
Accidents are often associated with unsafe driving. Because of that, Uber and Lyft typically deactivate driver accounts after accidents. This allows them to investigate the incident (to determine whether the rideshare driver caused the accident, for instance). Both Uber and Lyft require rideshare drivers to immediately report any accidents that they are involved in while driving for the specific rideshare service. They make it simple by allowing drivers to report accidents via the mobile applications.
As mentioned above, driver accounts are usually immediately deactivated after a car accident. This allows for the rideshare companies to investigate the incident – and essentially ensure that they are not allowing a reckless driver to continue putting passengers at risk. Based on this, drivers would expect their accounts to be reactivated soon after the incident. However, many driver accounts are never reactivated – even if the accident wasn’t their fault. This leaves drivers without any source of income and worried about their financial stability. After an accident, financial stability is the last thing affected victims should have to worry about.
Rideshare Accidents: Common Causes and Injuries
Car accidents, in general, are very common. They can occur for a number of reasons. With the increase of rideshare drivers/vehicles on the road, the number of rideshare accidents has also increased. Why do these accidents occur so often? By far, the most common cause associated with car accidents is driver negligence. In other words, the reckless and careless actions of drivers directly contribute to incidents that end up harming other innocent parties on the road. Common reckless actions include ignoring traffic signals, speeding, and tailgating, for instance. When drivers exercise recklessness, they could cause accidents and put others at risk of harm.
Car accidents could lead to a number of injuries; ultimately, the types of injuries suffered depend on the details of the incident (e.g. the speed at the time of the crash, the type of vehicles involved, etc.). Some common injuries include the following: traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, ocular injuries, facial injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, nerve damage, muscle damage, ligament damage, organ injuries (punctured organs), internal bleeding, scrapes, bruising, and lacerations, for example.
Regardless of the cause of the incident and the harm that you might have suffered, you might have grounds to pursue a claim.
Understanding the Relevant Insurance Policies
Anyone who drivers for Uber or Lyft should have a thorough understanding of the insurance coverage that these companies offer. Although Uber and Lyft offer insurance coverage, drivers are required to carry personal policies – as the provided rideshare insurance coverage is contingent.
What coverage do these insurance policies offer? Essentially, drivers are only covered when they are active on the rideshare apps – specifically, partial coverage applies when the driver is active but has not accepted a ride while full coverage applies as soon as the driver accepts a ride.
Partial coverage consists of up to $50,000 in coverage per injury, up to $100,000 in coverage for total injuries, and up to $25,000 in coverage for property damage.
When full coverage applies, limits increase to $1,000,000.
To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies and how they apply to your claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at your earliest convenience.
Do You Have Grounds to Pursue a Claim?
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft auto accident, you might have grounds to sue the rideshare companies. Without a doubt, you could pursue a claim against the parties that directly contributed to the harm that you suffered (specifically, you could sue their insurance companies). However, these coverages are often not enough to cover your damages – and the damages of any other parties involved in the incident.
Why would you pursue a claim against Uber or Lyft? As discussed above, these rideshare companies have insurance policies that might apply to your accident. However, like all insurance companies, the insurance companies that represent Uber and Lyft can be difficult – and can do everything within their reach to prevent paying victims what they are rightfully owed.
What do these insurance companies do? In general, these insurance companies constantly attempt to complicate matters or do anything within their reach to delay the process – both in hopes that claimants will simply withdraw their claims. Insurance companies often ignore calls, fail to call back, fail to respond to emails, and fail to be cooperative in many ways. Unfortunately, these tricks are often successful, and claimants drop their claims after getting tired of trying to pursue claims against uncooperative insurance companies.
By pursuing a claim with the assistance of an experienced legal team, you are ensuring that there is always someone to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of your situation. Sure, insurance companies can draw out the process and still make things difficult even if claimants have legal representation; however, a lawyer will help ensure that you are rightfully compensated regardless of any tricks attempted.
If you would like to learn more about your right to file a claim and hold Uber or Lyft accountable for the harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the information that you need to pursue your claim.
Could You Receive Any Compensation?
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, could you recover any form of compensation for the harm that you suffered? If you have grounds to pursue a claim – and your claim reaches a successful outcome – you could be eligible to recover at least some sort of monetary compensation.
Could you really recover compensation? What type of compensation could you be eligible to receive? The type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover upon reaching a successful claim outcome could include some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
If the accident resulted in your deactivation as an Uber or Lyft driver, a successful claim outcome could also lead to your driver account being reactivated. Although a reactivation and the different categories of compensation listed above are possible, there is no guarantee on how you will be compensated.
To learn more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive based on the details of your rideshare accident claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Our lawyers will not rest until you are rightfully compensated.
Taking the Appropriate Steps after Your Rideshare Accident
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, it is essential that you take the necessary steps immediately. Following the appropriate steps could help you prepare to file a claim. Without a doubt, filing a claim might not be the first thing on your mind; however, you should still follow these important steps. Doing so will be beneficial when you decide to pursue your claim (following these steps will be beneficial even if you do not file a claim).
All affected parties should do the following:
- Seek medical attention for the harm suffered
- Take photos of all injuries
- Take photos of the scene of the accident (if possible, before the vehicles are moved)
- Take photos of all property damage visible on the affected vehicles
- Identify surveillance cameras that might have captured the incident
- Take screenshots of the rideshare app (to show that the incident occurred while you were active)
- Gather witness information (including that of any rideshare passengers)
- Collect insurance and driver information for all parties involved
- File an accident report with the appropriate authorities
- Contact Uber or Lyft to report the incident
- Take screenshots of any deactivation messages
- Seek legal assistance from an experienced rideshare accident lawyer
There is no doubt that there can be uncertainty surrounding the recommended steps above. If you ever have any questions about what you should do next, simply contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way. For more information about what you should do after your rideshare accident, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
Filing Your Claim within the Applicable Deadline
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you will likely have grounds to pursue a claim for the harm that you suffered. Did you know that you could lose your right to sue? You could lose your right to sue for the harm that you suffered and for your deactivation if you fail to take action within the appropriate length of time. Therefore, it is essential that you act promptly.
All claims, including rideshare accident claims, are subject to a statute of limitations. What is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitations establishes the specific length of time that claimants have to file their claims. What happens if claims aren’t filed on time? If claimants fail to file their claims within the appropriate length of time, they will lose their right to sue. Along with losing the right to sue, claimants who fail to file on time will also lose their right to recover any form of compensation.
Because of this, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the specific length of time that applies to your claim. In California, personal injury claim (including rideshare and car accident claims in general) are subject to a statute of limitations of two years. This means that claimants will only have two years to pursue their claims. However, it is possible for exceptions to apply (based on the details of your claim). If any exceptions apply, the applicable deadline could be tolled.
There is no doubt that victims of rideshare accidents and those dealing with deactivations of their driver accounts do not want to lose their right to sue. If you have found yourself in this situation, it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to file your claim. For more information regarding the time that you have to file your Uber or Lyft accident claim, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers at your earliest convenience.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Did you suffer a rideshare accident? If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you might have suffered injuries. If you reported the incident to the rideshare company, your driver account might have been deactivated because of the accident. Many rideshare drivers, such as yourself, depend on the income that they earn driving for Uber and Lyft; therefore, a deactivated driver account represents the risk of losing financial instability. Because of this, it is common for rideshare drivers to be more concerned about their deactivated accounts than the harm that they suffered – even if their harm is extensive.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, we understand the significance of a deactivated driver account. If you allow us to handle your injury case, you can be certain that we will also aggressively fight for your driver account to be reactivated. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury firm with many years of experience handling different types of claims – including rideshare accident claims and car accident claims. You can trust that our experienced lawyers can help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
At our firm, we are dedicated to providing all parties with the legal assistance necessary to take legal action. Because of that, our firm offers free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will provide evaluate your claim, answer all your questions, and address all your concerns; our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to sue Uber or Lyft for the harm that you suffered as well for the reactivation of your account. If you would like to benefit from our free legal services, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
Our firm offers a Zero-Fee guarantee that ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying upfront legal expenses. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome; then, all fees will come from the compensation recovered, so there will be no out-of-pocket costs. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the rideshare accident lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.