Rideshare Accidents

Representing the rights of the seriously injured in the South Bay since 1984.

Torrance Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Handling South Bay Car Accident Claims

Thanks to our world’s technological progress, millions of Americans today rely on apps on our smartphones to help us do everything, from navigating via GPS to ordering groceries or takeout. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft have made hailing rides convenient and provide a suitable alternative to getting around without a car. Unfortunately, the popularity of rideshare apps also means there has been a significant rise in the number of rideshare accidents reported across the country.

Rideshare drivers and occupants can get into accidents like any other vehicle – if you or someone you love has been injured as a result of negligence, AgnewBrusavich can help. Our Torrance rideshare accident lawyers can help you determine who can be held liable for damages and stick with you until the end to ensure you get the compensation you need. Though we’re a small firm, we’ve scored big results for over 35 years and have helped countless clients reclaim their lives after loss and tragedy.

What to Do After an Accident

Whether you’re a rideshare driver, passenger, or occupant of another vehicle, it’s important to know that the personal injury claim process informally begins at the crash scene. Getting medical attention and documenting as much of the car accident as possible are necessary steps if you want the best chance at recovering damages.

After an accident, keep the following steps in mind:

  • Call the police to file a crash report and request medical assistance if necessary
  • Take photos of the accident scene, including property damage, injuries, skid marks, positions of the vehicle, and anything else to shed light on the accident and provide time stamps
  • Exchange information with the other driver(s), including licenses, insurance cards, and rideshare information
  • Contact our team of Southern California-based attorneys for a free consultation

If you’re a passenger who was riding in an Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, it’s helpful to screenshot or download your trip information, which should include the name of your driver, their vehicle information, established travel route, and departure and arrival times.

Uber and Lyft drivers can be just as negligent as any other vehicle driver, though it’s possible some unique factors contributed to the crash. Uber and Lyft drivers can be distracted when they attempt to use their app while driving. It’s not uncommon for drivers to use their phones to accept new rides as they drop off current passengers, and they rely on their phones’ maps to help them identify pickup and drop-off locations. Distracted driving can prevent a driver from noticing a pedestrian crossing the street or suddenly-stopped traffic, which can result in serious accidents and injuries.

Uber & Lyft’s Insurance Policies

If you were injured in a rideshare accident as a passenger or driver, you may be wondering who can be expected to pay damages when you file a personal injury claim. Anyone who drives for Uber and Lyft is required to carry their own car insurance. Thanks to Prop 22, which passed in California in the 2020 election, rideshare drivers aren’t afforded the same rights and benefits as employees. This means that as independent contractors, drivers will most likely be held responsible for damages and rideshare companies will be able to avoid responsibility.

However, insurance laws require rideshare companies to carry insurance policies to use in certain situations. Uber and Lyft both have $1 million insurance policies that cover on-duty drivers. This policy doesn’t apply to crashes that occur when the driver isn’t on duty or has their app open.

Several factors must be taken into consideration when determining insurance liability, including:

  • Cause of the accident
  • Whether you’re a rideshare driver, rideshare passenger, a pedestrian, or a driver or occupant of another vehicle
  • Whether the rideshare driver was on duty at the time of the accident

A History of Success

Thousands of Helped & Millions of Dollars Recovered
  • Great Law Firm

    “The entire AgnewBrusavich team took over everything and were a tremendous help. The insurance company was dealt with, the settlement was received, and I was very pleased with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend AgnewBrusavich to anyone.”

    - David H.
  • Excellence, Integrity, Persistence, and Skill

    “The team at Agnew Brusavich cannot come more highly recommended. If you should have some sort of personal injury case, particularly if you are a cyclist, I cannot think of a better team to handle a personal injury case.”

    - E.H.
  • They Took Care of Everything

    “Gerry and the rest of the AgnewBrusavich staff certainly delivered on their promises. I would not hesitate to recommend Gerry Agnew to anyone—he and his firm know exactly what they are doing, and take the time to do the very best job they can for the”

    - Geoffrey L. (Member of Big Orange Cycling Club)
  • Accommodating & Willing to Answer All Questions

    “Agnew and Brusavich helped me so much after an injury from a car accident. I was shaken up from the experience but they made me feel so comfortable and truly showed they cared about my case.”

    - N.B.
  • Patient & Determined

    “I was referred to Agnew Brusavich, and after meeting with Gerry I felt much better. He and his team handled all the communication between the insurance companies and opposing attorneys and kept me up-to-date throughout the process.”

    - John P.
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Dedicated to Protecting Rights Since 1984

It’s nearly impossible to determine the outcome of your unique rideshare accident case by looking at past cases. Rideshare accidents are assessed on a case-by-case basis and involve a variety of working components. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer is your best bet if you wish to be able to recover damages for all you’ve been through.

Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience helping clients move on by covering the costs of their medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We also aid grieving families who have lost loved ones by covering funeral bills and lost income. As a smaller firm, we’re able to sit down with you and use our time and resources to assess every detail of your case.

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