You cannot drive around the greater Los Angeles area without seeing Uber and Lyft vehicles everywhere. They are a very helpful service for many people who need transportation. In fact, we often assist our seriously injured clients with obtaining transportation to their medical appointments, via Uber or Lyft.
Uber and Lyft have obviously disrupted the transportation industry. Previously, people would have to call a taxi company, give them their pick up address, and the taxi company would send a taxi to pick up that person in a certain time range. Now, people just go onto the app from their smart phone, which already has their location, and they can get the price of the ride in advance and often a car within minutes.
With this great benefit in convenience, however, comes certain problems. Uber and Lyft vehicles are all over the road. Sometimes Uber and Lyft drivers are waiting by curbs or in parking spots, other times they are just driving around waiting for a ride. Once they get the ride, they have to act quickly to confirm the ride and get to the pick up spot. Once they have the passenger, they frequently want to drop the passenger off at the destination as quickly as possible so that they can pick up the next rider and make more money.
With this business model, where Uber and Lyft both try to get as many drivers in the system and riders using the app as possible, accidents frequently occur. In fact, many bad accidents, involving serious injuries or wrongful death, are caused by Uber and Lyft drivers. Some Uber and Lyft drivers also do not push their riders to wear seatbelts, which of course are very important for safety.
Our California personal injury lawyers, who handle serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout California, know how to handle Lyft and Uber accident cases. We know their insurance coverage, we know who they hire to defend the cases and we know how to get the best results for our clients. If you are injured by an Uber or Lyft, or you are a passenger in one of their vehicles that is involved in an accident, you need to call our office right away. Many people do not know how the uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage can help them get a sizeable recovery in these types of cases.
We also represent Uber and Lyft drivers who are injured as a result of the negligent actions of other drivers. Even if a police report places you at fault, call our office, send us the police report and we will review it for you, free of charge. We will look to see if you still may have a case. We have taken many cases that have been dropped by other attorneys, because they think the cases are too difficult, and we have been successful in many of those cases. If you have a question about an Uber or Lyft accident, call our office right away.