Rideshare Accident Lawyers Protecting Commuters and Other Drivers Throughout Costa Mesa
Rideshares are becoming an increasingly popular method of transportation, especially in highly populated areas that already see a lot of traffic, such as Orange County. T-bone accidents, sideswipes, and rear endings are all a common consequence of extra cars on the road. It’s essential to consider your options if you are involved in a car accident while using a rideshare service. Be sure to contact legal counsel as soon as safely possible.
Hundreds of rideshare customers and their family members have been unfortunate victims of preventable rideshare accidents. Negligent Lyft™ or Uber™ drivers can cause serious bodily harm, loss of property, and other irreversible damages.
Can You Hold Lyft™ or Uber™ Liable After an Accident Involving a Rideshare?
Rideshare accidents can be damaging and traumatizing, even just as a minor fender-bender. One irresponsible driver or hazardous ride condition can turn a quick trip in a Lyft™ or Uber™ into a ride that might affect your life forever.
Lyft™ or Uber™ drivers have personal insurance coverage as well as company coverage. If you’re involved in a crash with a rideshare vehicle, you might find yourself confused with the liability information and struggling to find adequate legal support.
Our Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers, we have a proven track record of achieving success for our clientele. We approach every case with care and consideration and hold our practice to the highest standards possible to ensure your satisfaction and peace of mind.
What Elements Can Effect Your Rideshare Accident Case?
Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents involved with rideshare companies. Frequently, passengers use Lyft™ or Uber™ and report that their driver was texting while driving. Texting while driving severely impairs the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle and dramatically increases the likelihood of an accident. Eating, checking a GPS, even taking a quick sip of water can distract a rideshare driver and put the passenger at risk. If you are involved in a rideshare accident, note the condition of your driver.
Rideshare accidents are a unique personal injury situation as Lyft™ or Uber™ drivers must stay logged into each app for the entirety of the drive. They manually update the progress of the trip, pick up new riders, and schedule new rides, all while driving you to your destination. This contributes significantly to the number of distractions your driver faces and, unfortunately, puts passengers, other cards, and pedestrians at high risk.
As with any car or motorized vehicle, it’s crucial to keep your vehicle in mint mechanical condition and up to date with any state inspections. If a rideshare vehicle is operating with faulty parts or an out of date inspection, the likelihood of being in a car accident increases. Passengers become innocent victims when negligent rideshare drivers fail to keep their car in working condition. Car accidents frequently occur when cars experience brake failure. When cars cannot brake on time or simply brake at all, the car is no longer protected from a collision and is likely to cause severe damage. Power steering failure occurs when power steering is not maintained correctly, resulting from a lack of steering fluid or a wheel defect. If rideshare drivers experience difficulty steering the car, the car becomes accident-prone, and you, the passenger, are at risk.
Did Other Hazards Play a Part in Your Accident?
Crashes can also occur due to environmental factors. Potholes, construction zones, and other roadway hazards can all create a rideshare accident. It’s important to seek knowledgeable legal counsel to ensure your rights as a passenger are protected and that you are accurately represented in your fight to a fair recovery.
Any or all of these issues may have an impact on your case. All of these factors play a part in providing details, searching for proof of negligence, and proving fault. Your attorney will look into the details of your case and determine if the presence of any of these factors contributed to your injury. This will only help in court. Start the process by preparing at the scene if possible, and collect as much information as you can: the makes and models of all vehicles involved, license plates numbers, names, and contact information of the drivers involved. If there are any witnesses to the accident, be sure to receive their names and contact information as well.
How Can We Help?
If you were in a Lyft™ or Uber™ accident and need help recovering from medical expenses, lost time at work, or other associated damages, contact a lawyer at Sweet Lawyers today to get the help and guidance you deserve. A car accident can happen at any moment. It’s important to be prepared and have a smart team of lawyers on your side.
Our injury and rideshare accident lawyers are committed to providing you with personalized legal counsel, helping you recover lost damages, and representing you in your fight to a fair recovery. We are available to help you. Call us at (949) 359-0002.