Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys in San Francisco
Recovering Maximum Compensation for Clients Injured in Rideshare Accidents
At Scarlett Law Group, our personal injury lawyers understand rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have become essential for many people in California and across the nation. We also know that these rideshare companies are notorious for hiring incompetent drivers and lacking the same safety standards that apply to traditional taxi services, causing serious car accidents. Our personal injury law firm is staffed with talented, renowned accident attorneys who are well-prepared and available to assist clients who have been involved in a wide variety of rideshare accidents arising from the negligence, carelessness, and recklessness of both drivers and passengers.
Do Rideshare Drivers Have Insurance?
In California, rideshare companies and drivers are required to carry liability insurance coverage. Ridesharing companies must provide a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance for the driver that covers them from when a passenger’s ride request is matched to the time the passenger exits the vehicle. However, rideshare companies don’t have to carry collision or comprehensive coverage unless they want these options to be included in their personal policy.
Under AB 2293, either the Transportation Network Company (TNC), the rideshare driver, or the rideshare company’s affiliate must maintain primary third-party liability insurance when the Uber driver goes online and is available for a trip in the following amounts:
- $50,000 per individual
- $100,000 per accident
- $30,000 for property damage
- $200,000 in excess liability coverage (unless the driver’s personal policy includes ridesharing)
It’s important to note that the $1 million in liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist, and contingent collision/comprehensive insurance are only in effect from the time the driver accepts a matched trip and is headed to pick up the passenger to when the passenger leaves the vehicle.
Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accident Statistics
Although statistics for the number of annual Uber and Lyft accidents in Los Angeles and California are difficult to determine because rideshare companies prefer to keep this information out of the public eye, several institutions have collected data and statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to compare with accident rates in various major cities across the nation.
According to a study recently conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft accounted for a 3% increase in overall car accident fatalities between 2010 and 2016. The study also found that nearly 1,000 daily car accident deaths are due to the increasing number of rideshare vehicles on the road.
Another troubling statistic from the report is that between 2017 and 2018, Uber vehicles were involved in 97 fatal crashes. 21% of victims involved in fatal rideshare accidents were riders, while 21% were drivers. The remaining 58% of victims were third-party drivers or passengers. The report also notes that accidents occurring at rideshare drop-off and pickup points have also increased since 2010.
Rideshare Accidents Involving Traumatic Brain Injury
When it comes to recovering fair compensation for an Uber or Lyft accident that results in traumatic brain injury (TBI), you can expect that their insurance companies will push back and try to force you into an uphill battle. Our dedicated team of rideshare accident lawyers are here to review your case, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, help gather credible evidence, and negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf.
In the past, both Uber and Lyft have been taken to court because they refuse to take responsibility for traumatic brain injuries their passengers sustained. Our firm is equipped with the extensive resources and unique insight that you need to help navigate the complex process of recovering maximum compensation for the costs associated with treating a TBI. Recoverable damages for TBI injuries arising from rideshare accidents include lost wages, property repairs, domestic assistance, transportation, and medical expenses.
Our Reliable, Decorated Rideshare Lawyers Are Ready to Assist You
If you sustained a serious injury in an Uber or Lyft accident, please contact Scarlett Law Group so we can determine how best to proceed with your case. California has a two-year statute of limitations on all auto accident cases, including rideshare accidents, so reach out to our firm as soon as possible so we can vigorously advocate for rights.
Please give us a call today at (415) 688-2176 or set up a free case consultation using our convenient online form.