Uber and Lyft provide customers an easy way to get around, and most people don’t think twice before getting into one. When you use a rideshare company, you place your health into the hands of a stranger, and these vehicles are not immune to accidents. If you have been in an accident in rideshare, contact a Glendale Uber/Lyft accident lawyer.
You may be unsure whether to sue your driver, Uber or Lyft, or the third party for injuries you sustained in the car accident. An experienced attorney knows precisely who to sue and how to move forward with a lawsuit. Hiring an attorney could increase your likelihood of recovering for your injuries.
Holding the Correct Party Responsible for Damages
An Uber/Lyft accident typically occurs for one of two reasons. First, the Uber/Lyft driver’s conduct potentially caused the accident, and they would be responsible for resulting damages. Second, the Uber/Lyft driver did not cause the accident, and a third party would be responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Holding an Uber Driver Responsible
A plaintiff may sue the driver alone, but they may not recover damages against them. Uber/Lyft drivers are covered under the company’s commercial insurance policy. As such, the correct entity for the plaintiff to sue for their injuries is Uber or Lyft.
Uber and Lyft are treated as employers for insurance coverage. Therefore, an accident caused by a driver while the driver is working results in the company’s liability.
Accidents Caused by a Third Party
Unfortunately, riding in an Uber or Lyft does not protect passengers from other drivers on the road. When a third party causes an accident, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained by the driver and passenger of the Uber or Lyft.
If the third party is uninsured or their insurance does not cover the plaintiff’s injuries, the passenger is still protected. Uber and Lyft are required to carry $1 million in uninsured and underinsured coverage for their passengers. Therefore, if the plaintiff’s injuries exceed the third party’s insurance coverage, Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy covers the excess amount.
Navigating uninsured and underinsured coverage can be difficult. An experienced Glendale accident attorney could help the plaintiff recover from Uber/Lyft for injuries caused by a third party.
When to Sue For an Uber/Lyft Accident
Suing another person is a big decision that most people may feel uncomfortable making and understandably take a long time to decide what to do. However, the sooner a lawsuit is brought, the better off the plaintiff may be. Meeting with an attorney in Glendale shortly after an Uber/Lyft accident would help the plaintiff prepare all records necessary for a lawsuit.
Most importantly, the attorney could help the plaintiff avoid filing a lawsuit too late. Under California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1, a plaintiff has two years from the accident to bring a lawsuit. Unfortunately, a case filed past the two-year deadline will not be heard by the court.
Hire a Glendale Uber/Lyft Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, you could potentially recover for your injuries. Find an attorney to help you navigate the process of recovering from the company or third-party’s insurance coverage. Our team of Glendale Uber/Lyft accident lawyers is ready to help you get a lawsuit started.
The experienced attorneys at our firm could help file your lawsuit on time. Do not let a deadline prevent you from holding the defendant responsible for injuries they caused.