With its proximity to the coast and its many cultural and historical sites, the city of Oxnard, California, is a beautiful place to live. As more people make Oxnard their home, the city grows busier and more exciting. A part of this expansion includes the use of ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber. These services make transportation much easier for Oxnard’s more than 208,000 residents each day.

As with any service, ridesharing is not exempt from risk. Unfortunately, many are seriously injured in Oxnard rideshare accidents every year. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rideshare accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages you sustained. The Oxnard personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are prepared to help you as you seek the reimbursement to which you’re entitled.

Since 2002, we’ve been working with a wide variety of clients as they build rideshare accident claims. We’re dedicated to providing each client with the level of excellence that has come to be associated with the OnderLaw name. If you’re ready to take your rideshare accident case to the next level, call OnderLaw today. We’ll connect you with one of our attorneys so that you can determine the best course of action in your pursuit of justice.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Rideshare accidents can be difficult to deal with, as they bring up questions of local legislation, corporate regulation, and federal law. The nuances of such accidents can be stressful to handle on your own. Our top-rated team of personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw has been successfully managing similar cases for many years. With each case we take on, we work to provide only high-quality legal care.

When you choose OnderLaw, you’re choosing more than just a law firm. You’re saying yes to over nineteen years of experience, a wide network of connections that span across the nation, and many successful legal strategies. In addition, we’re dedicated to managing all communication on each client’s behalf. Rather than leave you to handle the discussions between third parties, law enforcement, and insurance companies, we’ll manage all communication for you. This streamlines the legal process and protects you from potential accidental self-incrimination.

Types of Rideshare Accidents

You could be injured in a rideshare accident in a variety of different circumstances. Your injuries could have occurred when you were:

  • The passenger of the rideshare vehicle
  • The driver of another vehicle
  • The passenger of another vehicle
  • Any nearby pedestrian involved in the accident

The types of crashes in which you could be injured are as varied as the circumstances that led to each one. Some common motor vehicle accidents include:

  • T-bone accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Turning accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions

Common Injuries Suffered in Rideshare Accidents

The injuries you could suffer in a rideshare accident range in level of severity, depending on the nature of the accident. The type of injury you suffer may play a significant role in how much compensation you receive for your accident. Examples of injuries from these crashes include:

  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Dismemberment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Burns
  • Abrasions
  • Facial and dental fractures
  • Loss of limb

What Compensation Is Available?

There are several parties that may be considered liable in a rideshare accident. These parties include the rideshare driver, the driver of another involved vehicle, the manufacturer of a vehicle part that malfunctioned, the municipality responsible for improper maintenance of the roadway or missing signage, or a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist involved in the accident. When you hire OnderLaw, we can investigate the details of the accident and make a determination about who the liable parties may be.

Insurance coverage is an important factor in your compensation. In addition to the usual insurance policies the other driver or the manufacturing company of the defective part may have, it’s important to note that rideshare companies have insurance policies that come into play in specific circumstances. Using Uber as an example:

  • When the rideshare driver is not logged into the rideshare app, any accident goes to their own insurance policy.
  • If the rideshare driver has the app turned on and is waiting for a ride request, the available insurance is $50,000 of bodily injury per person and $25,000 in property damage, with a total of $100,000 in bodily injury for each accident.
  • If the rideshare driver is on the way to pick up riders or is taking a fare to a destination, the available insurance coverage is $1,000,000 in third-party liability.

Once we’ve determined who is liable, we can obtain copies of their insurance policies to determine what coverage is available. Then we’ll get to work preparing an assessment of your losses, or damages, to determine the appropriate amount of compensation you are owed.

The type of compensation you might expect depends largely on the types of damages you suffered in the accident. In many cases, you can receive compensation for one or both of the following types of damages:

  • Economic damages include the specific monetary costs associated with a rideshare accident. Typically, these are expenses like repairs to damaged property, loss of income or wages as a result of the accident, or medical expenses to treat accident-related injuries. To keep track of economic damages, take note of all medical records, repairs receipts, pay stubs, and timecards.
  • Noneconomic damages include the mental or emotional cost of any pain or suffering you may experience as a result of a rideshare accident. Examples of these damages may include loss of companionship, loss of mobility, loss of enjoyment of life, or psychological/emotional trauma. To keep track of noneconomic damages, take note of any therapy/counseling services you receive post-accident and keep a journal of your how the accident and your injuries impacted your life after being involved in an accident.

What To Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Rideshare Accident

If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, there are several steps to take to make sure you receive proper medical attention and can pursue compensation for your damages.

  • The first thing you should do upon being involved in a rideshare accident is to seek medical attention for your injuries.
  • After making sure immediate medical attention is called for those who need it, contact law enforcement and exchange insurance information with the other parties. When exchanging insurance information with the other parties, avoid talking more than is necessary so that you don’t accidentally admit guilt. Even an apology can be taken by the insurance company as an admission of fault.
  • Take as many photos of the scene as you can, being sure to capture damaged property, injuries, and screenshots of your status and/or receipt on the rideshare app.
  • Even if you feel well, visit your healthcare provider to make sure you have sustained no long-term, undetected injuries. If you have to miss work for any diagnostic procedures and/or medical treatments, take note of these expenses and the pay stub or timecard that reflects this lapse for compensation purposes.

After you’ve taken these steps, it’s important to connect with a personal injury attorney to make sure you receive the compensation to which you’re entitled.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

At OnderLaw, we’ve been successfully handling rideshare accident cases for many years. Both local and national organizations like Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The American Society of Legal Advocates, and The American Trial Lawyers Association have recognized OnderLaw for our hard work and dedication to each case we take on.

James G. Onder is our founding attorney. Since graduating from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988, Onder has worked to ensure each of his clients is treated with respect as they pursue justice. Having secured over $4 billion in settlements throughout his career, Onder has been recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his attention to detail both in and out of the courtroom. His commitment to excellence has secured his legacy at OnderLaw.

Call OnderLaw Today

Rideshare accidents can be devastating, both for those involved and their families. The questions these accidents raise regarding insurance coverage, liability, and corporate regulations can make building a rideshare accident case on your own a stressful process.

Fortunately, this is not a process you have to endure by yourself. If you or someone you love has been injured in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The team of top-rated personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw are prepared to help you as you seek reimbursement for your damages.

Don’t let one more day stand between you and the compensation to which you’re entitled. Call OnderLaw today. We’ll connect you with one of our attorneys and schedule a free, confidential case evaluation. Let today be the day you take your first steps toward the justice and compensation you deserve.