California was the birthplace of ridesharing services. A decade ago, it would have seemed like an odd idea to call a stranger in their personal vehicle to come take you to your destination. Now, major ridesharing companies are responsible for millions of rides a year.
At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, we know that there is value in having more options for transportation. However, if you are involved in a crash caused by an Uber driver, you need to know where to turn. When you need a San Bernardino Uber accident attorney, we are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
It is no secret that ridesharing services are not as tightly regulated as other transportation services like traditional public transportation or taxis. As with any new industry, it takes a while for legislators to catch up. However, we do want to note that the vast amount of Uber rides are safe, which is a good thing.
We also know that accidents do happen that involve active ridesharing vehicles. These accidents can affect the passengers inside the rideshare at the time as well as drivers and passengers in other affected vehicles.
During the latest reporting year in California, there were more than 278,000 vehicle crash injuries. We give you that statistic to show that it is inevitable that ridesharing accidents will occur.
Uber drivers can make the same mistakes and can be just as negligent as any other driver on the roadway. This means that they:
What is less clear is exactly what crash victims should do in the aftermath of a crash.
Uber has insurance that covers drivers when they are working. This includes when they have passengers as well as while they are waiting for a fare. However, this does not mean that the insurance company is going to jump to give a settlement, even if the Uber driver is at fault.
We know that there are many expenses involved in a vehicle crash with injuries, including medical expenses, lost income, possible home and vehicle modifications, and more. Do you know if the insurance companies will cover all of those expenses?
Most people have used a ridesharing service at least once and many people are regular users. Whether you are an Uber passenger or another person on the roadway around an Uber vehicle, you expect to be safe. At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, we want to help if you have been in an accident involving an Uber driver or vehicle. Our team will work to investigate what happened, deal with insurance companies, and secure the compensation you deserve. This includes getting coverage for your medical bills as well as other hidden accident expenses (pain and suffering, lost income, etc.).
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.