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Uber

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have been thriving over the last several years. And with good reason. They help if you have car troubles or if you are out on the town and don’t have a designated driver. However, accidents involving these rideshare apps can and do occur. And typically, when someone enters into a contract with a company, the company is liable for all injuries sustained to the customer. However, when it comes to these rideshares, that is not the case. If you have been injured in an accident involving a ridesharing service, contact us to discuss your case. Consultations with our Orange County Uber & Lyft accident injury lawyers at are free!

Call Silverthorne Attorneys today at (949) 234-6034 to get your questions answered and discuss the details of your matter. Our personal injury law firm handles car accident injury claims against Uber & Lyft whether you were hit by a driver as a pedestrian, or if you were a passenger in their vehicle.

Proving Uber & Lyft’s Liability in a Vehicle Accident

Proving liability in accidents involving Uber & Lyft is not unlike proving liability if you get into an accident in your own car. We will need to prove who the at-fault party was as well as prove the damages caused by the at-fault party.

If you are the passenger in one of these rideshares at the time of the accident and your driver is determined to be at-fault, you will more than likely file a claim against the driver of the vehicle you were in. The only thing to figure out is which insurance company will be responsible; the driver of the car or the rideshare company.

In that sense, it may be very difficult to hold Uber or Lyft accountable for a car accident caused by one of their drivers. However, it is not impossible, as they have recently started carrying liability car insurance for their drivers. With that being said, your Uber, Lyft, and Ridesharing accident attorney may be able to hold these entities financially responsible for your injuries. Because you deserve to be compensated if one of these rideshare drivers caused damage to you and/or a family member.

Rideshares and Car Insurance

California state law requires that all drivers on the road carry car insurance. Uber and Lyft are no exception to this rule, as they also require their drivers to carry car insurance that meets and/or exceeds the minimum for liability coverage. And most personal insurance policies will not include coverage if the driver is working for these rideshare companies. That begs the question, what happens if an Uber or Lyft driver causes an accident?

With the popularity of these rideshare programs, Uber and Lyft have recently decided to provide liability coverage for their drivers. The coverage will, of course depend on the severity of the accident, but they have laid out the following:

  • Coverage will not be provided when the driver is not logged into the Uber/Lyft app;
  • If the driver is logged into the app but has yet to accept the ride request, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage for any accident that is the fault of the driver
    • Up to $50,000 per person injured in the accident;
    • $100,000 total for injury liability;
    • $25,000 for property damage liability
  • When a driver does accept a trip/ride, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage in the amount of $1 million

What to do After an Accident Involving a Ridesharing Service

The first thing that our Orange County Uber accident attorney always recommends is to stay calm. If you are a passenger or pedestrian, try not to engage the driver in an aggressive confrontation and make a difficult situation worse. If you are in another car that was hit by the Uber/Lyft driver, remain calm and get the necessary information. Gather the names and contact information and insurance details of the other drivers involved. Take pictures of the accident, traffic and streets and if there are any witnesses to the accident or passengers involved, make sure you get their information as well.

car accident photo

You want to treat this like any other accident. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, pictures of the damage done to your vehicle and any injuries you and/or your passengers sustain in the accident.

Contact the police and have then take down a report of the incident. This information will be extremely helpful when your attorney is putting your case together. This step is also incredibly important if anyone sustains serious injuries due to the accident.

Contact an Uber, Lyft, Rideshare Accident Attorney Serving Orange County Today!

These rideshare apps and their companies are very well-established entities. However, there are legal issues and debates when it comes to liability in certain accidents.

Do not try to speak with the insurance company on your own. Make sure you hire a Lyft accident attorney in Orange County who knows the legal system and is familiar with liability laws in California – especially when it comes to ridesharing. Contact Silverthorne Attorneys at one of our offices in Ladera Ranch, Huntington Beach and Anaheim to discuss your case. Consultations with one of our experienced attorneys are free!