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Uber and Lyft Lawyer In Los Angeles

Rideshare (uber and lyft) accident lawyerRidesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in Los Angeles and across Southern California over the last decade. They are cheaper and incredibly convenient compared to regular taxis. Despite the increased popularity, Uber and Lyft vehicles are still prone to road accidents.

According to a University of Chicago and Rice University study, ridesharing services may be responsible for increased traffic deaths across major American cities. The study records a 3% increase in traffic fatalities since the introduction of Uber and Lyft. With ridesharing policies and laws constantly evolving, it can be challenging for an Uber or Lyft accident victim to understand their legal rights and options.

With these unique challenges, especially where you are injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you need an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer. Our skilled and experienced Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Matadores Law will help you navigate the complex legal process and are committed to helping you receive fair compensation for your injuries and other damages. 

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    Why Hire Matadores Law For Your Uber or Lyft Claim?

    Due to the unique issues brought about by the unprecedented rise of ridesharing services, recovering damages in an Uber and Lyft accident is more complex than in another car accident. While policies and laws continue to evolve regarding these issues, some of the unique issues that complicate the damage recovery process include:

    •     – Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft identify themselves as technology companies and not transportation companies.
    •     – The companies also identify drivers as ‘independent contractors’ and not their employees.

    These and other technicalities can make it hard for a passenger or a third party to recover damages in an Uber or Lyft accident. Insurance companies are likely to use the technicalities and complexities to deny you fair compensation.

    However, our Los Angeles Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at Matadores Law can help you navigate the complexities and recover damages, regardless of how many defendants may be involved.

    Common Causes Of Uber/Lyft Accidents

    Similar to other car accidents, there are many causes of Uber and Lyft accidents, including:

    1. Drunk driving
    2. Distracted Driving
    3. Reckless Driving
    4. Poor or hazardous road conditions
    5. Poor weather conditions
    6. Defective car parts and vehicle malfunctions

    Liability in Uber and Lyft Accident Cases

    Ridesharing unique attributes, including drivers’ identity as independent contractors, usually complicates liability determination in Uber and Lyft accidents. Mostly, establishing liability involves understanding the driver’s duty status at the time of the accident. The different duty statuses may include:

    • Scenario 1: The driver is riding with a paying client or is headed to pick a new rider. In such a case, Uber/Lyft accepts total liability and provides full coverage for victims.
    • Scenario 2: The driver has turned on the app with driver mode as engaged and is available for rides. In such a case, Uber/Lyft only accept partial responsibility, and a victim might need to sue the driver to recover part of the damages.
    • Scenario 3: The driver has turned off the app and is unavailable for rides. In such a case, the driver is fully responsible, and Uber/Lyft accepts no liability.

    While it seems straightforward to establish a driver’s duty status, proving liability is not clear-cut as either the driver or Uber/Lyft might try to deny or shift liability. Accordingly, you should have a skilled Los Angeles Uber and Lyft accident attorney to guide you through the inevitable confusion of identifying the liable party.

    Common Uber and Lyft Accident Injuries

    Some of the most common uber and lyft accident injuries include:          

    1. Fractures or broken bones 
    2. Lacerations cuts or bruising 
    3. Traumatic brain Injury (TBI)
    4. Whiplash 
    5. Burns and scarring
    6. Concussions
    7. Internal Organ punctures
    8. Permanent disabilities
    9. Internal bleeding
    10. Back Injuries
    11. Spasms and sprains
    12. Wrongful death
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    Free Consultation With An Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer In Los Angeles

    An Uber or Lyft accident can leave you with serious injuries and in need of lengthy and expensive medical treatment. Even though California law entitles you to compensation, recovering damages in an Uber or Lyft accident is complicated. However, a skilled and experienced Los Angeles Uber and Lyft lawyer can guide you through the complex process while helping you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

    Call our Los Angeles Uber and Lyft lawyer at 323.402.1000 or contact us for a free no-obligation case review. At Matadores Law, we work on a contingency basis. You only pay us if you win!  

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