No two cases are alike. As such, no attorney can give a client a specific dollar amount when answering this question. But an experienced rideshare accident lawyer can give you an estimate. They can look at the circumstances of your accident and compare it with similar cases they’ve handled in the past.
Here at The Dominguez Firm, we have successfully represented pedestrians, bicyclists, passengers, motorcyclists and drivers injured in Lyft and Uber accidents. If you’ve been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, we wish you a speedy recovery. And to make sure your rights are protected, call us at 800-818-1818 for a free consultation. We’ll fight to obtain the compensation that you’re entitled to. If you’re worried about the cost of hiring an attorney, know that at The Dominguez Firm, we win or you don’t pay. Call us today!
What factors used to calculate the value of my rideshare accident case?
Important factors when calculating the value of your Lyft or Uber accident claim:
- The severity of your injuries
- Potential lost income now and in the future
- Medical expenses, including future medical expenses
- Where there are major or permanent injuries, the cost of long-term care
- For permanent injuries, home modifications
- The psychological impact of the accident
If someone is killed in an Uber or Lyft accident, their next of kin have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
The severity of a person’s injuries is the most important factor when calculating the value of an Uber or Lyft lawsuit. The more serious the injuries, the more likely they’ll receive a high compensation amount. If the injuries are permanent and will affect the accident victim’s quality of life negatively going forward, they’ll most likely be able to recover a substantial settlement amount.
However, California is a comparative negligence state. You can sue for your injuries, but your total award will be reduced by the percentage blame you share for the accident. Say you’re awarded a settlement or verdict of $500,000. If you’re determined to be 50% responsible for your accident, that amount will be reduced to $250,000.
What damages can I recover for my Lyft or Uber accident?
The most commonly awarded medical damages are:
- Ambulance rides
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Doctor’s bills
- Mental healthcare-related costs, such as counseling
Other damages include:
- Property damage for damage or loss of vehicle and personal belongings
- Compensation if your earning capacity is diminished
- Pain and suffering for any trauma or distress suffered
How much insurance coverage do Lyft and Uber drivers carry?
Unlike regular car accident claims, Lyft and Uber accident claims are handled according to which period the rideshare driver was in when the accident happened. If someone hits you while not driving for Uber or Lyft, everything goes through their personal car insurance. Simply having an Uber or Lyft sticker on a car doesn’t mean the driver is on the app.
If the driver was on the app, but without a ride, then they would be covered by Lyft and Uber’s liability insurance. That’s $50,000 per person for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage ($30,000 for property damage from Lyft).
If the driver was traveling to pick up a passenger or had a passenger in their car, then the liability limit is $1 million, plus $1 million for the uninsured or underinsured motorist. This coverage isn’t just for any passengers, it covers the driver if they’re injured as well.
Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident in California? Call The Dominguez Firm right away.
No matter how it happens, being injured in an Uber or Lyft accident can upend your entire life. But it’s important to act immediately and call The Dominguez Firm at 800-818-1818 to protect your rights. We know how to handle rideshare accident cases and are familiar with the tactics their insurance representatives will try and use to pay out the least amount possible. Don’t take Uber or Lyft on by yourself!
All of our consultations are free and you’ll have no out of pocket expenses for our services. Plus, if we don’t win, you don’t pay. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain from calling The Dominguez Firm today.