Ride Share – Uber Accidents Attorney in Santa Ana.
Helping Individuals in Santa Ana Pursue a Personal Injury Claim for Injuries and Damages Arising out of a Rideshare Accident.
Services like Uber and Lyft have quickly become a staple in the area of transportation over the last several years. For some people, hailing a cab or taking the bus is impersonal and inconvenient. Most people who utilize these ride services want someone to show up at their location and take them directly to their destination within a matter of minutes. They are convenient services for people who travel and don’t want to rent a car, who don’t have access to other forms of transportation, or who want to go out for the night but don’t have a designated driver.
However, many Uber riders have fallen victim to accidents that occur while they are in the passenger’s seat. These accidents can quickly turn into legal puzzles that can be difficult to solve. If you have recently been in an Uber accident, you need help from our experienced Santa Ana Uber accident lawyers.
Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have virtually taken the place of taxicabs in and around Santa Ana and Orange County. People frequently use these ridesharing companies because they are efficient, quick, and reasonably priced. Individuals can also make a ride request by simply using the app on their cellphones.
No matter the experience of the driver, however, motor vehicle accidents involving ridesharing vehicles can – and most definitely do – occur. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident that involved a ridesharing vehicle, and you suffered one or more physical injuries in that accident, you may be entitled to recover monetary compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered.
The knowledgeable Santa Ana rideshare accident attorneys at Hess & Nghiem can review the circumstances and facts surrounding your accident and can help you pursue monetary recovery for all of your personal injuries and damages. You can call us today at (657) 333-5726 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you throughout your personal injury case.
Who Could be Deemed Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?
Whenever a ridesharing vehicle is involved in a motor vehicle collision, injured passengers, as well as injured individuals in other motor vehicles, could make a personal injury claim against the ridesharing company. Ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, maintain their own motor vehicle insurance policies, and these policies are in place to cover motor vehicle collisions that might occur.
Both Uber and Lyft have policies in place that cover a maximum of one million dollars per accident. Having these insurance policies helps to ensure that injured passengers who are involved in an accident will be able to make a claim for damages. The amount that you may be able to recover from a ridesharing company in damages depends primarily on the nature and extent of your injuries (including whether any of your injuries are permanent), along with the financial costs of your medical treatment.
In addition to making a claim against the ridesharing company, you might also be eligible to make a claim and recover monetary damages from any other drivers who were fully or partially at fault for the motor vehicle collision.
Insurance Coverage for Uber Accidents
All Uber drivers must carry their own car insurance. Some of this coverage will extend to their Uber passengers, but it could be limited coverage. Uber also carries its own liability insurance as required by California law. If you are injured in an Uber accident, there will likely be some coverage for your injuries under this policy. However, the legally required amount is often much less than what your medical expense can be.
What You Need to Know After an Uber Accident
There are some critical guidelines and rules in place when it comes to insurance coverage and Uber drivers. Santa Ana Uber accident lawyers are very familiar with these regulations and will know how they apply in your claim.
- If an Uber driver is not logged into the app, then the driver is not covered under Uber’s insurance policy, and the driver uses their own coverage if an accident were to happen.
- If the Uber driver is logged into the app and looking for rides, then the driver is covered up to $50,000 per person/$100,000 per accident in bodily injury liability. Uber’s excess coverage of $200,000 also applies.
- If the Uber driver has accepted a ride and is on the way to pick up the rider when in an accident, then Uber’s $1 million policy applies.
- If the Uber driver has the passenger in the car, then Uber’s $1 million policy applies.
What types of insurance apply to your claim can be challenging to ascertain. If you have well-versed Santa Ana Uber accident lawyers, they can explain this coverage to you and inform you of your rights and options. This allows you to make the best decisions possible based on your decision.
What Types of Damages Could I Pursue Following a Ridesharing Accident?
In addition to pursuing monetary compensation for your medical treatment bills and lost earnings following a ridesharing accident, you might also be able to make a claim for noneconomic damages that you suffered. Those damages could include compensation for any of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of the ability to work (i.e., earning capacity)
- Loss of use of a body part
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Speak with our Santa Ana Rideshare Accidents Lawyers Today
With the potential for Uber accident cases to become quite complex, it is a good idea to let a skilled attorney review your claim. There may be several different parties at fault and insurance companies involved, making it nearly impossible for a layperson to untangle the mess. This can be quite a confusing and worrisome time, but we are here for you, just as we have been for all of our clients in the past. Book your Uber accident consultation today with Santa Ana Uber accident lawyers at Hess & Nghiem. Call (657) 333-5726 or complete our online form.