How to Seek Compensation Following an Uber or Lyft Auto Accident
If you or someone you love has been injured in an Uber automobile accident, there may be opportunity to recover compensation for the injuries received. A qualified Uber accident attorney can help you to navigate the difficult claims process as well as assist you in ensuring that the maximum amount of compensation to which you are legally entitled to is received.
You Have Been in an Uber or Lyft Auto Accident, Now What?
One of the primary steps to take is to file a report with the local police or other law enforcement agent. In the event that an officer is not at the scene of the accident, it is recommended that you contact a local agency so that you may file an accident report.
Another important step to take following an Uber or Lyft-related auto accident is to document the contact information of the individuals involved. This can include: Driver’s license numbers, License plate numbers, Insurance documents and information. Not all accidents will have witnesses, but if there are, document their contact information as well.
Please note that if you are a victim of an auto accident and became injured, seek medical care right away. It’s important to contact a medical response team so that you can be properly treated for your injuries. Further, not seeking immediate care can cause setbacks and potentially compromise any claims you may choose to pursue. Medical conditions and injuries do not always present themselves at the time of the incident, but medical professionals may be able to document them even if you are unaware they exist.
Following your accident, be mindful when speaking to insurance representatives. In most cases, these agents will evaluate your claim and most likely try to either deny your claim or seek an early settlement agreement. Any statements given will likely enter the case record and even if the agent seems friendly, the goal of insurance companies is to turn a profit, bit pay out claims.
Recuperating Reparation for Your Grievances after an Uber or Lyft Accident
As a victim, you have the right to seek full compensation and restitution for the injuries you received. Suffering as a result of an Uber or Lyft auto accident can quickly cause financial strains that are a direct result from the loss of a job, high medical costs, and/or personal pain injuries. Many injuries could potentially cause permanent and irreversible damages.
If you are injured in an Uber or Lyft automobile accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your grievances. An experienced accident attorney will help to determine which parties may be responsible for your damages. There are, after all, several options for recuperating compensation after your Uber or Lyft accident.
California law mandates that all ridesharing companies operating within California obtain certain insurance coverages for damages that occur while a driver is on duty. Although these policies and insurance coverages should apply to accidents in which passengers are injured, some ridesharing companies state that they will not compensate for injuries caused by the wrongdoing of their driver. As an alternative, they direct those that were injured to seek reparation directly from the alleged, at-fault driver.
This claim, however, may be contradictory with new provisions made to California State Vehicle Codes which declare that mandatory insurance policies are to be the primary protection coverages, regardless of who is fault.
Recovering Reparation from the At-Fault Driver
Although all cases will be different, there are some cases in which an injured passenger sustains injuries that exceed the company’s policy limits. When this happens, it is often the case that the company’s driver will seek to be the least at-fault party for the accident. His or her personal car insurance coverage, however, can be targeted to cover the balance of the injury damages.
Recovering Reparation from the At-Fault Third Party
Similarly, if the damages sustained by the passenger exceed the company’s policy limits, the injured individual would need to try to find coverage for the remainder of the balance elsewhere. Likewise, the third party will also seek to be the least party at-fault for the accident. In this case, the injured person can also seek to recover the balance from the third party’s personal car insurance coverage.
The Bottom Line
If you or someone you know is injured as a passenger in an Uber automobile accident, there may be an opportunity to recover compensation for the damages and injuries received. The obstacles in attempting to seek compensation may come from: Having Uber accept liability for the accident and bear the responsibility to pay you for the damages sustained, having Uber restore your claim in full.
Insurance companies as well as ridesharing companies are infamous for not only denying claims but also for underpaying claims wherever they can. These companies anticipate that all injured victims are unaware of the full reparation to which they may be owed. Enlisting the support of an experienced attorney will help to ensure that you maximize your compensation.
Justin H. King is a personal injury attorney who fights for victims after serious and traumatic injuries occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you were recently victim to a ridesharing company auto accident,
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