Rideshare Accident Cases
Whether you were driving home on the 5-South or heading to the coastal beaches just west of downtown Irvine, if you were injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, it is important to understand that personal injury claims involving Uber and Lyft are notoriously complex.
Not only do ridesharing cases involve various factors, such as whether or not a driver was logged into the app when the accident occured, but laws affecting employee classification for ridesharing drivers are changing rapidly. Further complicating matters is that these types of cases often result in multiple claims against the company, the driver, and possibly other drivers.
However, as mentioned, with the recent passing of Senate Bill AB-5, it is strongly recommended to discuss your accident with an experienced Irvine Uber/Lyft attorney if you suffered injuries and wish to file a personal injury claim. AB-5 goes into effect in January of 2020, and ridesharing drivers’ employee status will change from independent contractors to full-fledged employees. This is an important consideration because it will directly affect issues of liability and it will change the way these claims are processed, as well as the recovery of damages.
If you suffered injuries in the city of Irvine due to an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 at (949) 334-9200 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about ridesharing accident claims and we can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to damages.
Liability And Uber/Lyft Accidents
In the most basic sense, ridesharing accidents are very similar to most car accidents. Essentially, if you were injured by another driver’s negligence, that driver will typically be held responsible for your losses and injuries. The important question then is: how is liability in Uber or Lyft accidents determined? The answer is: liability is generally based on negligence.
Driver negligence in ridesharing accidents, and all types of car accidents, always represents some type of careless or reckless behavior. Examples of driver negligence
are far ranging, yet generally include common behaviors such as speeding, looking up an address while driving, neglecting traffic laws, and driving while under the influence.
Negligent behavior is not only irresponsible and dangerous, but it is against the law. California law requires all drivers to abide by a duty of care and drive responsibly. This means being careful, obeying traffic laws, and focusing on the task of safe driving. If you were hurt because of an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, your Irvine Uber/Lyft attorney will have to show that their negligence caused your injuries<