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As the popularity of rideshare services continues to soar, so does the occurrence of accidents involving platforms like Uber and Lyft. If you find yourself in a rideshare accident, you may wonder what you can do and the steps that you can take to recover for your damages. There are many complexities that arise when navigating these types of accidents. Here’s what to know about the unique challenges of rideshare accidents and the steps to take if you find yourself in such a situation.

Determining Liability

Determining liability in rideshare accidents can be complex. The responsible party may be the rideshare driver, another motorist, or a combination of factors. Additionally, issues arise when trying to establish whether the driver was on-duty, between rides, or using their personal vehicle at the time of the accident.

Insurance Challenges

Rideshare drivers are typically covered by the platform’s insurance during specific periods of activity. However, gaps in coverage may exist, particularly during times when the driver is not actively engaged in a ride. Navigating these insurance challenges requires a comprehensive understanding of rideshare company policies and applicable state regulations.

What Should You Do After a Rideshare Accident?

If you find yourself in a rideshare accident there are steps you should take in order to protect your wellbeing and your rights.

  1. Seek Medical Attention. Your health is the top priority. Seek medical attention immediately, even if injuries seem minor at first. Some injuries may manifest later, and prompt medical documentation is crucial for your case.
  1. Call the Police. Report the accident to the police. A police report can provide essential details about the incident and serve as valuable evidence in legal proceedings.
  1. Collect Evidence. Collect relevant information, including the names and contact details of all parties involved, eyewitness accounts, and photos of the accident scene. This information can be crucial when filing a personal injury claim.
  1. Report the Accident to the Rideshare Company. Notify the rideshare company about the accident as soon as possible. Both Uber and Lyft have specific procedures for reporting accidents. Document your interactions with the rideshare company, including any correspondence.
  1. Consult with an Attorney. Given the complexities of rideshare accidents, consulting with an experienced California attorney specializing in personal injury is essential. They can help navigate the legal intricacies, assess liability, and guide you through the process of seeking compensation.

Recovering Damages

Injured parties in rideshare accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. An attorney with expertise in personal injury cases can assess the circumstances of the accident, identify liable parties, and pursue a legal strategy tailored to your specific situation.

The Attorneys at Ardalan & Associates, PLC Help Those in California Who Have Been Injured in a Rideshare Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rideshare accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential legal remedies available to you. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer with experience in rideshare accidents can advocate for justice and to hold those responsible accountable. 

At Ardalan & Associates, PLC, our qualified California personal injury attorneys will help to walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.