Uber and Lyft services are available in dozens of cities throughout Arizona. Whether you regularly utilize rideshare services or you only request a ride once and a while, you expect the trip to go as planned and for your to arrive at your destination safely. If that doesn’t happen, the Arizona rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can help.
Our law firm represents rideshare accident victims all across the country. We’re aware of the differences state lines can make when it comes to filing an injury claim, which is why it’s crucial to have representation by your side.
Rideshare Accidents: FAQs
When clients come to us after an Uber or Lyft crash, we often see similarities in the initial questions we get asked. Some of those common questions are listed and answered below.
What do I do after a crash?
Immediately following a crash involving a rideshare driver, you’ll want to evaluate yourself for injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident, you may need to wait for emergency services to arrive. If you can, remove yourself from any immediate danger and collect information from the drivers involved. You’ll want contact and insurance information so you can seek compensation at a later time. Make sure you see a medical professional to get treatment for your injuries.
Who is liable for my injuries and losses?
Determining fault after an Uber or Lyft accident in Arizona can be confusing. When you get in touch with an attorney, they’ll be able to investigate what happened. Depending on the situation, the rideshare driver, rideshare company, or another driver could be held responsible for your injuries.
Is there an insurance policy the will cover my injuries?
When some else’s negligence contributes to an accident, the victims have the right to pursue compensation. In most instances, you start by filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. With a rideshare accident, the fault will play a role in determining if the driver’s policy will come into play or if you’re covered under Uber’s or Lyft’s.
What will help me maximize my compensation?
To improve your chances of receiving full and fair compensation for your rideshare crash injuries, work with an Arizona lawyer. The laws and regulations revolving around Uber and Lyft crashes can be confusing. When you have an attorney by your side, you’ll understand your legal rights and options and what you need to do to get what you need to recover.
Safety Tips for Rideshare Passengers
Some of the most significant risks of rideshare today include fake drivers and accidents. In order to protect yourself and reduce the chances of being harmed, it’s important to keep the following in mind:
- Confirm your driver’s identity. When you order a ride from either Uber or Lyft, you receive information about the driver and their vehicle. Before getting into a car, make sure you confirm the driver’s identity, and that the vehicle matches the in-app description.
- Utilize trip-sharing features. Once your trip has begun, you can use the app to share your location with friends and family. In the event your trip goes off course or something happens, the police can be notified.
- Observe the driver’s behavior. If you smell alcohol when you get into the vehicle or notice your driver behaves recklessly, you can question the driver or report the incident.
- Remember your right to terminate a ride. No matter what stage your ride is in or how close or far you are from your destination, it’s important to remember that you always have the option to terminate the ride and exit the vehicle. In the event a driver tries to stop you from doing so, contact 911.
- Give feedback. Whether your rideshare experience was good or bad, share feedback with the company. Provide the driver with a rating and, if any issues arose, report what happened. In the event of an accident, the company needs to be aware of what happened so they can look into the accident and ensure the driver is held accountable if they were at fault.
Legal Options for Uber or Lyft Accident Victims
Following any car accident, the victim has the ability to take legal action. To start, this typically involves seeking compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company, as we discussed above. If the negligent entity isn’t immediately identifiable, an investigation will need to be conducted to determine just what happened and why.
When an Uber or Lyft driver is found responsible for a wreck, the injured passengers can seek monetary recovery through the rideshare company’s insurance policy—which typically provides up to $1 million in coverage. Depending on the situation, however, the rideshare company could give you a hard time when it comes to giving you what you’re owed.
In the event your legal situation becomes complicated, you’ll want to make sure you have an attorney by your side. They will ensure the claim you file is strong and supports your argument for compensation.
Injured in an Accident? Contact the Rideshare Law Group
No matter the extent of your injuries, you deserve a chance to recover as fully as possible after an accident that wasn’t your fault. When you work with the Arizona rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group, you’ll be giving yourself that chance.
While filing a claim can take time, our attorneys will be by your side throughout the entire process. From the initial investigation, to filing and negotiating, we’ll always act in your best interest. In the event we are not able to achieve a fair settlement during the negotiation process, we’ll help you pursue a lawsuit to get an official verdict from a judge or jury.
To learn more about the legal process after an Uber or Lyft crash, contact us today.