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What Are My Rights in an Uber Accident?

What Are My Rights in an Uber Accident?

Being in an accident involving a ridesharing service can be confusing, and it can be difficult to figure out who caused the accident and who should be responsible for paying the damages. Depending on the fault assigned to the various parties involved and the injuries that result, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be tricky. However, with Del Rio & Caraway, P.C., making a successful personal injury claim is possible, and we are here to help you at every step of the way.

Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call (916) 229-6755 today if you have been in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver.

Your Rights in an Uber or Lyft Accident

In an accident involving a ridesharing company like Uber or Lyft, your rights are the same as in any other car accident. If you are harmed due to someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or careless error, you may be able to take legal action against them and force them to pay for the costs you have unfairly incurred as a result.

Challenges of Ridesharing Accident Lawsuits

Your rights are the same in such accidents, but the challenges tend to be a bit different than in other collisions. For starters, Uber and Lyft drivers work for their companies but are not directly employed by them. Strictly speaking, they are considered independent contractors and the company is not immediately liable to pay for damages and expenses associated with an accident, even if it was directly caused by one of their drivers.

As it pertains to your injury and recovery, this means your driver (or the driver whose negligence resulted in your harm) will first have to rely on their own insurance, which tends to be significantly more limited than that of their company. You can only recover as much from a driver as their insurance policy will allow.

However, this is not always enough, especially if your injuries are serious and result in extended hospitalization, rehabilitation, or a change in your ability to work and earn a living. There are some cases in which you may need to take as much compensation as the driver’s personal insurance company will provide and then pursue the driver’s company for the rest.

If your situation requires that you file a lawsuit or personal injury claim with Uber, Lyft, or another ridesharing company, prepare for opposition and some difficulty. These companies exist to make money and they will not exactly leap to provide you with the money you need.

Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney in Sacramento—Call (916) 229-6755 Right Away!

Our firm, on the other hand, was founded in order to care for injured people like you. We understand that your well-being following an accident is not merely a financial matter, but we fight for compensation for you because we know that your full recovery requires things like physical therapy, medication, reimbursement for lost wages, and more. Let us help you get back on your feet and ensure your voice is heard.

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