After a car accident, it’s understandable to feel lost and anxious about your financial security, recovering from an injury, or filing a claim. This can be especially hard if you were in an accident involving ridesharing services. Whether you’re a rideshare service driver, passenger or third-party victim, you don’t have to navigate the legal process alone. A car accident lawyer from our firm can help you get compensation.
Dealing with insurance companies and proving another party is liable is hard enough without the added complication of ridesharing services being involved. Thankfully, Nadrich & Cohen has experience with cases like yours. If you or a loved one was injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, a Palm Desert rideshare accident lawyer can help.
Damages You May Be Eligible for After a Palm Desert Rideshare Accident
Some of the most common forms of losses and expenses after an accident aren’t financial. While you can receive compensation for things you’ve had to pay for up front, you may still be eligible for compensation for less visible losses.
Here are some common damages for rideshare accident victims:
- Medical expenses: This can include emergency room visits, follow-up care, medication and more.
- Property damage: Obvious losses like damaged or totaled vehicles are included in this category, but some unique kinds of property damage could be present in your case.
- Loss of income: If you had to call into work, miss shifts, or if you lost paychecks, you could recover your lost wages. However, you may also be able to claim a loss of future income if you were forced to change jobs or become less productive.
- Pain and suffering: Car accidents often take mental and emotional tolls in addition to physical losses. Disfigurement or loss of life enjoyment could be included in this category.
Determining a settlement value is a process that requires gathering evidence and determining the extent of your losses over time. A lawyer from our firm can help to document your losses and make sure you receive appropriate compensation.
The Conditions of Rideshare Insurance for Your Claim
This is where filing a claim can get complicated. Figuring out which insurance to bill for the accident depends on several factors, including who is liable.
What Happens if the Driver Was Offline During the Collision?
If the driver was not logged in at the time of the collision, you will follow the same procedures as in a typical car accident. In this case, you can file a claim with the liable driver’s personal auto insurance policy.
What if the Driver Was Logged in and Waiting for Requests?
If the driver was responsible for the accident, you would first file with their personal rideshare insurance coverage. If their insurance won’t cover the accident, then the company’s additional coverage may cover the rest.
California law requires the following coverage amounts for rideshare drivers:
- $50,000 for the driver’s bodily injuries
- $100,000 for the bodily injuries of passengers per accident
- $30,000 for property damage
What if the Driver Had Passengers During the Accident?
If the driver is at fault, most rideshare companies offer a third-party liability policy that will cover up to $1,000,000 in costs for:
- Passenger injuries
- Third-party injuries
- Damage to the other vehicle
- Other property damage
We know that all of these conditions can be confusing to follow. A Palm Desert rideshare accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation with the liable party or parties.
How Our Rideshare Attorneys Can Assist Uber and Lyft Accident Victims
Rideshare accident cases are inherently complex since there is a chance that multiple insurance companies, policies and conditions may be involved. Our rideshare attorneys are familiar with California laws and regulations and can help carry the burden of filing a valid claim, so you can focus on recovery.
Here are some ways the legal team at Nadrich & Cohen may help:
- Investigating who is responsible for the accident. Our team will review police reports, witness statements, surveillance footage and other sources to uncover who and what caused the accident.
- Filing a claim against all liable insurers. Your case can quickly become complicated if multiple policies are involved. Our team will handle communication with the insurers and the other party’s attorneys to create a valid claim with strong evidence to support it.
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. Obtaining fair compensation may require a few rounds of negotiation. We are prepared to stand up against the insurer if it offers an unfair settlement.
- Preparing your case for trial. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your attorney may recommend taking the liable party to court.
Each accident case is unique, so your path to compensation may not look like anyone else’s. However, your rideshare attorney has experience navigating similar cases, and they can advise you and take the lead on the next best steps for your situation.
The Deadline to File in a Palm Desert Rideshare Accident Case
As per California Code CCP § 335.1, you are generally limited to two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties.
Filing deadlines are important milestones for several reasons. Some evidence pertaining to your case may be time-sensitive.
Missed deadlines may also put you at the mercy of the insurer, and we don’t want to give it a reason to offer you an unfair settlement.
Get Started With a Free Consultation and a No-Fee Guarantee
Cost shouldn’t prevent you from talking with an attorney. At Nadrich & Cohen, a Palm Desert rideshare accident lawyer can handle your case with no up-front payment. Once we take your case, you won’t owe us anything unless we win.
Call today for a free consultation. Talk with a member of our team to learn how you can recover your losses and get your life back on track.