Holding Rideshare Drivers And Companies Accountable
Driving for a living does not make you a good driver. The people behind the wheel of rideshare vehicles for companies such as Uber and Lyft are the same drivers they were before putting that company’s logo on their rear window; some of them are good drivers, but many of them are the same inattentive idiots you have been cursing at for years as they cut you off, speed, blow through stop signs and risk the lives of their fellow drivers and passengers.
In Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California communities, you can turn to Pheffer Law if you have been hurt in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle. Whether you were a passenger or driver, you can rely on me, Jeff Pheffer, a personal injury lawyer to uncover all sources of insurance coverage and maximize your claim for damages such as past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
What To Do After A Rideshare Accident
Whenever possible, the following actions can improve your chances of having a successful claim for damages:
- Stop your vehicle, turn on your flashers and start recording.
- Take video or photographs of the scene and the vehicles, such as the rideshare company window sticker.
- Get the names, contact information and statements of witnesses, passengers and others.
- Exchange insurance information with the driver.
- Confirm whether the driver is a rideshare driver and whether they were logged in and driving a passenger or on their way to pick up a passenger.
Remember to be friendly. Others will be more open to providing you with information – potentially even admitting to being at fault – if you are peaceful.
Uncovering All Available Insurance Coverage
Insurance coverage is the key to making sure you have the resources you need to be made whole after a rideshare accident. Common carriers such as Uber and Lyft vehicles have a higher duty that requires them to exercise extraordinary care. They are also required to have extraordinary insurance coverage. There can be at least $1,000,000 in primary coverage depending on whether the driver was logged into the app, on their way to pick up a person or they were carrying a passenger at the time of the accident. The key is having an attorney on your side who is capable of identifying negligence, determining who is liable and uncovering all available insurance coverages to maximize your claim.