Services such as Uber and Lyft have offered residents of Los Angeles and guests of our city yet another convenient means of getting from Point A to Point B in recent years.
Scheduling an Uber or Lyft can help you avoid being harmed in an accident in various circumstances. For example, perhaps you’ve gone out to the bar with friends and are too intoxicated to drive or walk home safely. Easily arranging an Uber or Lyft ride is a simple way to boost your chances of getting home safely.
Just be aware that accidents involving these services can and do happen. If you’ve been injured as a result of one, review your case with a Los Angeles Uber and Lyft accident attorney at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach. We will help you pursue any compensation to which you may be entitled.
Services such as Uber and Lyft may still be too young for anyone to determine with absolute certainty whether their rise in popularity has made our roads safer or less safe. That said, one study from the University of Houston indicates there is a correlation between the rise of Uber and Lyft and a 2% to 3% increase in a motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accident fatalities between 2011 and 2016.
Further research must be conducted to determine if such findings accurately reflect the way ridesharing services have influenced the safety of motorists and pedestrians in the US. That said, some experts suggest it makes perfect sense that accident rates would increase due to the increasing availability of Ubers and Lyfts.
Ridesharing services put more cars on the road. When roads are more crowded, accidents are more common. This is particularly true in an already busy city like Los Angeles.
There are many reasons to enlist the help of a qualified LA Uber and Lyft accident attorney when filing a claim or lawsuit. Along with negotiating aggressively with insurance companies that will likely be inclined to offer less compensation than you truly owed, the experts at our Los Angeles ridesharing accident law firm can also help you determine who you should direct your claim towards.
The liable party responsible for compensating the victim of an Uber or Lyft accident can vary depending on certain factors. For example, in California, Uber drivers with their own vehicles must carry motor vehicle insurance. You might file a claim to collect from an Uber driver’s insurance if you were struck by an Uber driver as a pedestrian or if you were involved in an accident with an Uber driver who was not actively transporting a customer or had not accepted a ride request at the time of the accident.
On the other hand, if an accident occurs when an Uber driver is transporting a passenger or is traveling to pick one up after accepting a ride request, Uber’s own policy will kick in.
That’s just a basic example. The main point to understand is that you shouldn’t worry if you’re not sure where to begin when seeking compensation after an Uber or Lyft accident. Our LA car accident lawyers can help you get started and work with you throughout the process to ensure you settle for a fair amount of compensation.
You shouldn’t be responsible for covering the cost of your medical bills and other losses you may have incurred as a result of an Uber or Lyft accident. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our Los Angeles Uber and Lyft accident attorneys will fight for what you are owed. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 818-609-7005 to schedule a consultation.