Uber, Lyft and similar services are becoming increasingly popular for people of all ages. This service works relatively simply. A customer in need of a ride to or from a location contacts a ride sharing service via their cellphone.
For a fee usually paid through the phone app, a private driver will arrive in their personal car and take you to that destination. In many cases this service ends up being less expensive than a limo or a taxi and could even be more convenient depending on your location.
Unfortunately, however, Uber and Lyft drivers may be involved in car accidents generating problems for victims who have sustained critical injuries. While the service may seem ideal in many different ways, it also raises questions about passenger and driver insurance coverage. Being involved in an accident while using a ride sharing service can be an unnerving experience and one that has repercussions for a lifetime. Someone who sustains injuries in a serious accident involving an Uber or a Lyft could be facing injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
These painful symptoms and medical conditions can last for many years to come. Do not hesitate to reach out to a serious accidents lawyer in San Diego if you find yourself in this situation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries after an Uber or Lyft accident.
Although Uber and Lyft originally operated for without appropriate insurance coverage for drivers, they are now required by California law to carry $1 million in coverage for property damage, injury, and death when an accident is caused by one of their drivers. California laws also mandate that Uber & Lyft provide underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage for their drivers and passengers. Even in situations where another driver fled the scene or lacks appropriate insurance coverage, Lyft or Uber may be responsible for paying for your claim.