You may be able to sue the company if you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Whether or not you can sue and who you can sue depend on the circumstances of the accident. Normally, in order to pursue an automobile accident claim in any situation, you must be able to prove who was at fault, and that you were injured.
If the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident, you may be able to sue the driver. However, if the driver only has a personal insurance policy, it may not be possible to collect any damages from the driver. Those policies typically do not apply if a driver is engaged in a commercial operation. Fortunately, California has a law that requires rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft to carry a $1 million insurance policy for damages caused by their drivers. If the Uber or Lyft driver does not have that type of policy, you may be able to sue the company directly.
If the Uber or Lyft driver is not at fault for the accident, you may be able to sue the other driver who caused the accident. Under California law, drivers are required to carry car insurance. If a driver fails to carry insurance and you are injured in an accident while riding with Uber or Lyft, you can make a claim against the company’s underinsured and uninsured policy.
The bottom line is if you were harmed in an accident while riding in an Uber or a Lyft vehicle, you are entitled to compensation. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.