Rideshare services in California have exploded in popularity in the last ten years, leading to a marked increase in traffic and rideshare-related accidents statewide.

If you or someone you love was injured in a rideshare accident, you should contact the California personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw right away to discuss filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit for compensation. We have nearly two decades of experience helping rideshare accident victims get the help they need to move on after a severe injury.

Call us today for a free consultation and let us review your case to determine your eligibility. Don’t let a rideshare accident ruin your plans for the future. Call OnderLaw today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Rideshare Accident?

A lawyer can help you in ways you may not realize. We can use our experience and knowledge to make the claims process more manageable for you and your family.

We help accident victims obtain compensation for their losses through personal injury insurance claims or by filing personal injury lawsuits in California civil court. Most personal injury cases are resolved with a settlement, which is a cash payment from the responsible party’s insurance company intended to compensate the victim for their losses and get them to drop any claim against the person or entity responsible for their injury.

Building a comprehensive, fact-based claim is essential to obtain compensation from the insurance company. Your attorney will handle this part for you. We will thoroughly investigate your rideshare accident to determine who is ultimately responsible, gather all necessary evidence and documentation, such as medical records or accident reports, and interview any witnesses to the accident.

We will then use this information to build your claim and compose a demand letter to submit to the insurance company. A demand letter is a legal document intended to begin negotiations to resolve the dispute. Once the insurance company receives it, they will likely investigate the accident and determine whether they believe their customer was responsible.

At this point, your lawyer becomes your chief negotiator. We handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance company to get you the maximum possible payout, protect your rights, and keep them from taking advantage of your inexperience.

If the insurance company conducts their investigation and decides your claim doesn’t hold water, they can deny payment entirely. Without an attorney, you’re left on the hook for any out-of-pocket expenses. With an attorney to assist you, you can file a lawsuit against the responsible party directly. This changes the equation for the insurer. They must now decide whether the costs of litigation and court fees are likely to be more or less than the cost of a fair settlement. This can tip the odds in your favor.

Hiring a lawyer doesn’t just make things easier for you. It may end up being the difference between receiving a settlement and getting nothing at all.

Why Hire OnderLaw to Represent Me?

If an accident injures you or a family member and you need legal help, you’re spoiled for choice in California. Why should you choose us?

When our clients choose us to represent them, what they usually cite as the main reason is our record of success, but once their case is resolved, they remember our level of service. Any lawyer with experience in personal injury law can represent you, but we choose to go a step further.

We don’t just provide excellent legal counsel. We provide support, respect, and compassion. We understand how devastating a rideshare accident can be for both individuals and families because we’ve been through them many times before. We genuinely wish to help you get the fair compensation you deserve.

We put this belief front and center not just in client interactions but in our communities. We regularly provide donations of time and money to charitable organizations and causes such as MADD, the Lupus Foundation of America, and Toys for Tots.

We work on contingency at OnderLaw . This means we take no payment for our services until your case is resolved. If we’re successful, we take a percentage of your settlement or award. If we aren’t successful in getting you some form of compensation, we don’t get paid for our work. There are no upfront costs to our clients.

Our team of passionate legal professionals has obtained over $4 billion in settlements and awards since 2002. We can’t guarantee a positive outcome, but we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need.

Types of Rideshare Accidents

You could be involved in a rideshare accident in a variety of different ways, such as:

  • As a passenger. This includes any crash or accident occurring after a rideshare driver has picked you up.
  • As a pedestrian. This type applies to pedestrians struck by rideshare drivers who are “on the clock.”
  • As another driver. This category applies to any accident involving a rideshare driver and another motorist.

Aside from these key differences, rideshare accidents come in the same variety as other types of car or truck accidents:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Reversing accidents
  • Failure to yield accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Impaired driving accidents
  • Speeding accidents
  • Broadside accidents
  • Tailgating accidents

Common Injuries Suffered in Rideshare Accidents

Injuries from rideshare accidents depend on whether you are a passenger, another motorist, or a pedestrian or cyclist. A pedestrian or cyclist will obviously sustain more severe injuries in a rideshare accident than another motorist or a passenger. Some common injuries include:

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Internal injuries
  • Coma
  • Death

What Compensation Is Available?

Compensation for a rideshare accident will likely come from the responsible party’s insurance company. Due to California’s laws governing transportation network companies, rideshare companies and drivers must carry substantial insurance. Rideshare companies must provide $1,000,000 in liability insurance from the time a driver accepts a ride request to when the fare exits the vehicle or the driver completes the transaction.

They must also provide $50,000 liability coverage per person, $100,000 liability coverage per incident, and $30,000 for property damage. Rideshare companies must also provide $200,000 in coverage for their drivers for the period between fares. It’s important to note that this coverage is only active when the driver is signed into the ridesharing application. Any accidents that occur outside of this period would fall under the driver’s personal insurance policy.

The amount of compensation you may obtain depends on the severity of the accident and the circumstances that caused it. The more severe your injuries, the more compensation you should demand.

The losses, or damages, you sustain as a result of the accident can vary widely, and not all are easy to quantify. Economic damages are any losses with a specific monetary value. Some examples include:

  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Lost opportunity
  • Transportation

Noneconomic damages are losses without a set dollar value that relate to the experience and mental toll the injury takes on the victim. These are subjective losses and require the help of a lawyer to estimate correctly. Some examples include the following:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Some rideshare accident victims may also be eligible for exemplary damages. These damages are designed to punish the responsible party for their actions. Exemplary damages are only awarded in cases of extreme fraud, oppression, or malice, so talk to your attorney to see if they’re available in your case.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Rideshare Accident

Here are some helpful steps to take if you’ve just been involved in a rideshare accident:

  • Seek medical attention. If you’ve suffered severe injury, seek emergency medical help immediately. Even if you haven’t been seriously injured, get an evaluation by a medical professional to confirm that, and save any records of medical care received as evidence for your claim.
  • Get insurance information. Obtain insurance and contact information from the rideshare driver, any witnesses, or anyone else involved in the accident. They may be contacted later to confirm your recollection of events.
  • Start documentation immediately. Take photos, gather accident reports or medical records, and start talking to witnesses immediately after the accident. Any documentation or evidence that supports your claim will be invaluable to your attorney.
  • Don’t discuss who was at fault. Even apologizing may be construed as admitting fault, so don’t talk about the accident in person or on social media.
  • Get a lawyer. Hiring an attorney is necessary to protect your rights and obtain appropriate compensation for your losses.

Call OnderLaw Today

Don’t delay any longer. Call OnderLaw today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us determine whether you’re eligible for compensation. California’s statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits is two years, so time is a factor. We take no payment unless we successfully get you the compensation you deserve, and the first consultation is absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose. Call today.