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Common Injuries Sustained in Rideshare Accidents
The fact that rideshare services contribute to the high rate of traffic accidents has been well documented. One study conducted by professors at Rice University and the University of Chicago shows that prior to the existence of ride share services, the number of traffic fatalities fell to 32,885 across the country. That was the lowest number seen since 1949. However, as services such as Uber and Lyft started to become more popular, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents increased two to three percent. That accounts for an additional 1,000 fatalities every year.
Even when a rideshare accident is not fatal, it can still result in very serious injuries. Some of the most common of these include:
- Serious lacerations
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Head and brain injuries
The above injuries are incredibly painful, and they are also very expensive to treat. If you have been injured, it is important to know that you do have legal options to obtain financial compensation.
Who is Liable After a Rideshare Accident?
If you sustained a serious injury during a rideshare accident, our experienced attorneys can file a claim on your behalf. The defendants, or at-fault parties, in these lawsuits are usually negligent rideshare drivers and the rideshare companies that employ the careless driver. It is important to note that rideshare companies typically try to shield themselves from liability by claiming that their drivers are not employees but rather, independent contractors.
Still, a California appeals court has required these companies to reclassify their drivers as employees. This has made it easier for accident victims to claim the full and fair compensation they deserve.
Insurance and Rideshare Accidents
After a rideshare accident, you will have to deal with an insurance company in order to obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to. In California, all drivers are expected to carry minimum amounts of auto insurance. These are as follows:
- $15,000 in bodily injury per person,
- $30,000 in bodily injury per accident, and
- $5,000 in property damage
Rideshare drivers must also carry the above minimum amounts of insurance. However, some ridesharing services require their drivers to carry additional amounts of insurance. Uber, for example, requires their drivers to carry increased coverage, which includes:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage
Lyft does not require their drivers to carry additional insurance. Still, both Uber and Lyft have their own insurance policies of $1 million that is available in certain cases.
Compensation Available After a Rideshare Accident
If you file a lawsuit against a rideshare company or a rideshare driver, you can obtain financial compensation for any of your losses. If you have been hurt, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If you lost a loved one in a rideshare accident, you can also claim your losses such as funeral and burial expenses and damages for the loss of your loved one’s companionship and support.
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Contact Our Uber/Lyft/Rideshare Accident Lawyer in Buena Park
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash, our Buena Park Uber/Lyft/rideshare accident lawyer at Heidari Law Group, P.C. can prepare the strong case you need to recover full compensation. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation in English or Spanish.