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Have you recently been involved in an accident while riding as a passenger, driving, or walking as a pedestrian involved with a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to explore your legal options and discuss your situation.

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If you’ve been injured in a collision involving Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare company, understanding your rights is crucial. Determining fault and seeking damages can be complex, but we’re here to help. At the Solorzano Law Team, we’ll provide the guidance you need and advise you on the best course of action. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your rideshare accident.

What are Uber, Lyft and Rideshare?

Uber and Lyft, leading players in the booming rideshare industry, have revolutionized transportation worldwide. Through convenient smartphone apps, users can effortlessly hail rides from privately-owned vehicles operated by independent drivers. This model, distinct from traditional taxis, raises questions about liability in accidents involving these vehicles.

As Uber, Lyft, and similar services expand, the issue of responsibility for injuries in accidents grows in significance. With hundreds of thousands of drivers, millions of passengers, and substantial venture capital investment, the rideshare industry’s impact continues to surge.

Damages for Uber and Lyft Drivers Injured in an Accident

If you’re a rideshare driver injured in an auto accident while on the job, your options for personal injury and property damage claims are akin to those of any other driver. You can pursue legal action against other drivers, vehicle owners, and relevant parties as you would in a typical accident scenario.

However, a crucial distinction arises when seeking damages from the rideshare company itself. The pivotal question revolves around your classification as an employee or an independent contractor. Uber and Lyft adamantly classify their drivers as independent contractors, vehemently opposing any notion of employee status. While this issue has prompted legal battles in various states, settlements have typically occurred prior to trial, with no acknowledgment of employee status from the companies.

The financial motivations behind Uber and Lyft’s resistance to employee classification are clear. Independent contractor status exempts them from obligations such as providing workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, adhering to minimum wage laws, and paying overtime. Conversely, as independent contractors, drivers retain the ability to sue the rideshare companies for negligence-related damages, a recourse unavailable under a workers’ compensation framework.

Some rideshare drivers have been presented with agreements offering limited injury protection benefits by the companies, which a portion have accepted.

Damages for Passengers Injured in an Uber/Lyft Accident

As a rideshare passenger or pedestrian involved in an auto accident, your case will primarily revolve around determining liability for your losses, assessing the extent of your damages, and exploring avenues for compensation, including insurance coverage. Notably, Uber and similar services typically carry a $1 million liability policy, providing coverage for losses resulting from the negligence of their drivers. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, you may pursue damages from other drivers involved in the accident.

Similar to any other car crash involving a passenger or pedestrian, your losses may encompass medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and more. The rideshare driver may bear responsibility for some or all of these losses. Liability could stem from negligent driving behaviors or other factors like inadequate vehicle maintenance. Regardless, rideshare drivers are expected to exercise the same duty of care as any reasonable commercial driver in similar situations. Any failure to meet this standard constitutes negligence and exposes both the driver and the rideshare company to potential damages.

Despite rideshare companies classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, the company’s liability may still be implicated if they have employed drivers who fail to meet reasonable standards, such as passing drug screenings and background checks.

Passengers, Drivers and Pedestrians Seeking Damages from Uber or Lyft

Whether you find yourself as a passenger, driver, or pedestrian involved in an accident with Uber, Lyft, or any rideshare service, there are legal avenues available to seek compensation for your damages. Given the relatively novel nature of rideshare regulations, seeking guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial.

At the Solorzano Law Team, we prioritize understanding the specifics of your accident, outlining your legal options, and devising a tailored strategy to optimize your recovery. We offer complimentary case consultations to discuss our approach, address concerns about medical expenses and lost wages, and more importantly, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay when we secure a favorable outcome for your case. Reach out to us today to explore how we can assist you in your time of need.

Why Choose the Solorzano Law Firm Team for My Uber/Lyft Accident Case?

At Solorzano Law Firm, we’re not just a team; we’re a group of seasoned legal professionals with decades of experience. We specialize in personal injury cases and pride ourselves on consistently achieving outstanding results for our clients. While not every case ends up in court, having a skilled trial lawyer by your side significantly boosts the chances of reaching a favorable settlement.

If your case does go to trial, rest assured that Jonathan Solorzano and our entire team are prepared to go the distance. We’ll put in the hard work and expertise necessary to ensure you receive top-notch legal representation and the best possible outcome.

If you’ve been injured or need someone to handle your Uber/Lyft Accident case, contact Jonathan at the Solorzano Law Team. He’ll meet with you for a free consultation, allowing you to experience our dedication and commitment to our clients firsthand.

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