Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft operate differently than traditional car services. Over recent years they have become a mainstream mode of transportation and many even view them as an alternative to owning a personal vehicle.
If you have been injured as the passenger of a ridesharing vehicle, or in a collision with a ridesharing vehicle, it is important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Hanson & Mouri, we have extensive knowledge of how ridesharing insurance policies work and have helped many clients recover the maximum in compensation.
If you are in an accident as an Uber or Lyft passenger or as the driver of another vehicle, the lawsuit will not necessarily be applied to the employer. Both Uber and Lyft will claim that their drivers are independent contractors and they are not liable for any accidents. Uber and Lyft require that the driver’s personal policy is to be used before their insurance coverage is activated. Once this insurance is exhausted or if the carrier denies the claim, the Lyft or Uber policy may come into play. An attorney with extensive knowledge of Uber and Lyft and how they operate in claims can determine liability in your case. The goal is to recover full compensation for damages.
According to a recent study carried out by Chicago University and Rice University, the rise of Uber and Lyft Has resulted in a 2 to 3 percent increase in nationwide traffic fatalities since 2011. This calculates to roughly an additional 1,100 deaths per year. To make matters worse, prior to 2011, the year that Uber launched, the number of motor vehicles fatalities had been in a steady decline.
Since the appearance of Bird and Lime Scooters in cities all over America, serious injuries have been occurring at an unprecedented rate. Although “e-scooters” are touted as an economically friendly and fun way to travel, personal injury lawsuits filed against these scooter companies are beginning increasing in number.
In a recent news report, a Los Angeles resident was unable to remove her throttle stick from the downward position causing her to crash. This resulted in serious injuries including a shattered wrist. This is just one example of the many injuries occurring all over Southern California due to Bird and Lime scooters. If you have been injured in an accident involving a Bird or Lime Scooter, speak with an attorney from Hanson & Mouri today. We will know how to correctly proceed with your case.
The complexities of ridesharing and e-scooter insurance require the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. If you are suffering due to a recent accident involving a ridesharing service, schedule a free case consultation with one of our Riverside personal injury attorneys.