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Uber, Lyft, and Other Ridesharing Accidents in Orange County
You’re making a responsible decision after a long night out with friends, so you pull out your cell phone as you stand on one of the many sidewalks lining the fun and lively streets of Orange County. You call an Uber or Lyft to give you a ride home, and as the driver pulls up, you can’t help but smile knowing that you will enjoy a smooth, safe ride home without any issues. But along the way, you get into an accident that changes your life forever. We are a group of attorneys who can help you navigate the legal system when you have been injured in a ridesharing accident and need help receiving compensation.
Problems With Injuries Stemming From Ridesharing
Over the past few months, many questions have been raised regarding Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services where passengers have been denied compensation for their injuries. When you buy a car, you’ve got insurance coverage. When you step into a taxicab, you’re also covered. So why are people not being covered in regards to Uber-related accidents?
California has specifically issued warnings about possible insurance risks when you choose to use a ridesharing service. This is due to the simple fact that these companies consider their “employees” as “independent contractors,” which means that they waive responsibility when an accident occurs. Though some companies are taking additional measures to protect clients, others are falling behind and many lawsuits have started popping up all over the state. Uber and Lyft have specifically adopted $1 million insurance policies that could cover minor injuries, but you could very well experience injuries that exceed this amount. So what happens if you are left paralyzed, with debilitating brain injuries, or have to have extensive surgeries due to your injuries?
Helping You Receive Compensation in Orange County
Uber is headquartered in California, so we know how often its services are being used in a variety of counties. If you have experienced a ridesharing-related accident in Orange County, California, we want to help you gain compensation for your injuries as soon as possible. Though in other places across the country Uber drivers are considered contractors, in California they are seen as employees and must carry commercial liability insurance to protect drivers. If you are someone who was riding with an Uber driver when the accident occurred, you are probably covered.
But what happens if you were hit in another vehicle by a ridesharing driver? This is where it gets more complicated because many matters will be called into place, such as whether or not the driver was really “on the clock” or not. If they were executing their services at the time, then Uber will probably be responsible for injuries. If not, then Uber does not have a responsibility and private insurance will take effect. This is where we come in, to gain you necessary compensation for your injuries through a lawsuit.
The sooner you speak to an attorney, the sooner you can gain results in very complex cases that are still relatively new. Ridesharing services are growing at an amazing rate in Orange County, California, which means we are more likely to see accidents rise over the years to come. Call an accident attorney you can trust with your case at the Los Angeles Injury Group. We are waiting to hear from you, at 310-954-7248.