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Rideshares are a popular alternative to driving around San Diego. Most passengers view this mode of transportation as a safe and relatively inexpensive way to get around town. However, for many passengers, the rideshare experience has been anything but safe. When an accident occurs, injured rideshare accident victims are often left wondering where they can turn for help.
The additional insurance considerations of a San Diego rideshare accident often confuse those wishing to pursue compensation for the injuries they suffered. This only adds to the complications after a serious rideshare accident.
If you were hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident in San Diego, the experienced San Diego rideshare accident lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys can help you understand the legal process and help you seek compensation. Call our San Diego Based injury attorneys today to see how we can help you.
Gomez Trial Attorneys is one of San Diego’s top-rated personal injury law firms; we handle the area’s largest and most prominent cases. In fact, local and national news organizations frequently feature our cases. For instance, we handled the runaway Lexus case that resulted in the tragic deaths of California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor and his family, Kristen Rossum’s “American Beauty Murder” case, and the Pizza Hut delivery driver case.
Due to our extensive legal experience, our firm has the skills, dedication, and determination to take on any injury case, no matter how big or small. We also make it a point to exclusively represent victims and families that have suffered harm in an accident.
Over the past fifteen years, Gomez Trial Attorneys has collected over $750 million in settlement awards and jury verdicts, with more than 135 awards of more than one million dollars each. Plus, we have also obtained jury verdicts above one million, ten million, and $100 million.
Our legal team has experience representing individuals who have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a San Diego rideshare accident, and we stand by ready to use our experience to help you pursue justice and compensation.
We have an office located in the heart of San Diego at 655 West Broadway, Suite 1700. Our office is within walking distance of Waterfront Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village Shopping Mall. If you are taking public transportation to our office, you can take the Sycuan Green Line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot station. If you are unable to come to us – don’t worry! We are happy to come to you. We can visit you in your home, your office, your hospital room, or wherever is most convenient.
If you suffered an injury in an Uber or Lyft accident in San Diego, you owe it to yourself to explore all your legal options. We offer FREE initial consultations and reviews, so contact the San Diego rideshare accident lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys at (619) 237-3490 today. You may have the right to recover substantial compensation.
After a rideshare accident in San Diego, injured accident victims must establish who is to blame. In addition, they must establish if the Uber or Lyft driver was “on the clock” and working at the time of the accident. Their role in the accident will ultimately determine if you can file a claim with Uber or Lyft and collect under their $1 million umbrella policy.
Uber and Lyft both require drivers who wish to contract with them to produce proof of current personal automobile insurance and to keep copies of their insurance cards. In addition, both companies carry an insurance policy of up to a million dollars for their riders. However, how much of that policy is available in the event of an accident depends on when the accident takes place.
Both companies offer tiered insurance that essentially goes like this:
Uber and Lyft attempt to shield themselves from much of the legal responsibility for incidents occurring between riders and passengers simply in the way that they word their agreement with drivers. Uber stated multiple times in a deposition that they have “zero” drivers. Instead, Uber contends that the drivers who apply for affiliation with the company are third-party transportation providers, driver-partners, or independent contractors. This not only reduces the liability that these companies have for accidents caused by drivers but also helps the company avoid costly items such as minimum wage for workers and benefits.
Over the last several years, ridesharing laws in California have changed drastically as Uber and Lyft seek to keep drivers classified as independent contractors. As an injured accident victim, however, these changes can only add further confusion and stress to your life after an accident.
As such, you need a law firm on your side that can stay abreast of the ever-changing California ridesharing laws for you. An experienced San Diego rideshare accident lawyer can handle the changing California laws and complexities surrounding legal liabilities after an Uber or Lyft accident. That way you can focus your energy and your efforts on what really matters – your recovery.
Besides Uber or Lyft, the potentially liable parties in car accidents involving rideshares include:
For a party to be liable for the accident that caused your injuries, you must be able to demonstrate that:
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we work quickly to collect the evidence necessary to determine who is to blame for your accident and how you can collect the money you need.
In addition to the potential of being involved in a motor vehicle accident or a physical assault taking place, in one recent year more than 3,000 sexual assaults took place involving Uber drivers and their passengers. Other risks to rideshare drivers and passengers include:
In 2008, two men were visiting Paris. They wanted to go out but couldn’t find a cab. It was this experience that led, a few years later, to the advent of Uber, the first rideshare service of its kind. Before long, Uber was catching on. People were taking rides regularly and the service was expanded from San Francisco to various cities throughout the nation and the world.
Ten years later, more than 600 cities had Uber drivers available and ready to pick up passengers. As with all intriguing ideas, Uber soon faced competition in the form of Lyft, which operated with essentially the same concept. While other rideshare companies have come and gone since then, Uber and Lyft hold the bulk of the market share for this type of service, though Lyft focuses only on ridesharing in North America, while Uber’s efforts are global.
Both Uber and Lyft provide different services within their overall business model, including larger cars for larger groups, luxury cars, and less expensive programs for riders who don’t mind sharing their rideshare with another passenger who is traveling to the same area. Passengers using either Uber or Lyft can schedule their rides in advance, can rate their drivers (and drivers can rate them, as well), and can share their location with family and friends who are concerned about whether they get home safe.
Around 36 percent of the U.S. population has now utilized a ridesharing service. Around 95 million people use Uber’s services each month worldwide, while Lyft has a monthly ridership of around 32 million in North America. About a quarter of the people in the U.S. use ridesharing services at least once a month, often when they are going to or coming home from dinner or a party. Passengers are most often drawn to the rideshare app because of the convenience it provides.
The concept is simple, and it involves a smartphone app on which people can order and pay for one-way trips from individuals who are accepted by the rideshare company as independent contractor drivers. These drivers, who are required to meet certain criteria set by the company, accept the passenger on the same app and are provided with details about where the passenger needs to be picked up and dropped off. Payment for the ride is handled through the app so that no money needs to be exchanged between the driver and the passenger.
Both Uber and Lyft have been resistant to releasing data to the public that would shed light on exactly how many accidents their drivers are involved in each year. However, Uber did release a safety report for its U.S. rideshare operations that provided the following information:
Uber also shared some statistics on fatal physical assaults that occurred during Uber rides:
A study from Rice University and the University of Chicago revealed that there is an uptick in fatal accidents in cities where rideshares operate. This increase coincides with an increase in vehicle miles traveled, which is likely due—in part—to “deadheading”. Deadheading is a term used for drivers who have dropped off a passenger and are driving around waiting for their next ride. The increase in fatal accidents is estimated at 2-3 percent. However, Uber and Lyft dispute the study’s findings.
If you were injured in a rideshare accident in San Diego, you deserve to have the legal information and guidance that you need to recover the compensation to pay for your recovery. Gomez Trial Attorneys is consistently ranked among the top law firms in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and we have obtained more than $500 million for our clients over the past 20 years.
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