Modesto Rideshare Accident Attorney
More Than Two Decades of Experience Settling Car Accident Cases
All across the country as the use of smartphones increases, more and more people are using rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft to conveniently get around town. As a result, this explosive growth has coincided with a spike in rideshare accidents in California. Car accident claims are already tricky to navigate on your own – understanding who can be held liable in an accident involved an Uber or Lyft driver is even more complicated and requires the trained eye of a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to call the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis. With more than 20 years of experience helping injured clients recover damages and reclaim their lives, our rideshare accident attorney in Modesto knows how to handle your case and fight for the compensation you’re entitled to in order to treat your injuries without going into debt.
To learn more about how our Modesto Uber and Lyft accident lawyers can help you, contact us online or by phone at (209) 528-0404. Our team is committed to helping you obtain the legal compensation you deserve.
What to Do After a Rideshare Accident
As an Uber or Lyft passenger or anyone else injured by a driver, there are some steps you must take to protect yourself and have the evidence you need to successfully file a car accident claim. Drivers and insurance companies will do whatever it takes to avoid having to pay settlements, which is why you need an airtight claim that prevents them from evading liability.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, it’s of the utmost importance that you seek medical attention for any injuries – even minor injuries or symptoms like a headache. Only a medical professional can determine if you’re okay and give you the treatment you need to heal. Make sure to hold onto any receipts or medical records that can be used in your claim to establish that the accident directly caused your injuries and damages.
Next, collect as much information regarding your accident as possible that can be used in your case.
- Take photos of car damage and your injuries
- Collect the driver’s information
- Get the contact information of any witnesses who can provide statements
- Authorities who respond to the scene of an accident are also required to file a crash report, which you can obtain a copy of from the police station.
An Uber/Lyft accident attorney in Modesto can gather this evidence for you if you’re unable to – just call our law firm to learn more about how we can help. Having successfully settled countless car accident cases, we know how to strengthen your claim and protect you from drivers and insurance companies, including massive entities like Uber and Lyft.
is Uber/Lyft Liable for Accidents?
Car accidents can result in a range of injuries, from whiplash and sprains and fractures to broken bones, head and brain injuries, and spinal cord and neck injuries, as well as death. You may be wondering whether you should file a claim against the rideshare driver that caused your accident, or the rideshare company.
The answer, of course, depends on the circumstances of your accident.
Our Uber & Lyft accident lawyer in Modesto is able to assess your accident to learn more about the following factors:
- The cause of your accident
- Whether you’re a rideshare passenger or a driver or passenger in another vehicle
- Whether the rideshare driver was on duty at the time of the accident
Will Uber/Lyft Pay for Damages?
Uber and Lyft have $1 million insurance policies that cover their drivers while they’re on duty. Because drivers are considered independent contractors and employees of the companies, they’re not protected in the way you may think. If the Uber or Lyft driver wasn’t working or carrying a passenger at the time of the accident, it’s most likely that their personal insurance policy will cover any damages. The $1 million insurance policy doesn’t apply to accidents caused when a driver isn’t on duty.
Whether the rideshare driver or company is ultimately responsible, we can make sure you’re fairly compensated for damages like property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any medical bills you may have accrued from your injuries.
You don’t have to navigate the legal process on your own. Call our Modesto rideshare accident lawyer today at (209) 528-0404 if you’ve been injured by an Uber or Lyft driver.