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Rideshare cars are becoming increasingly common on the roads of Riverside County and the surrounding area. Southern California has never been known for its easy access to public transportation, and more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many people would feel safer getting into a rideshare car than riding on a bus or train full of people. While a good driving record is a prerequisite for being hired to drive for Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare company, rideshare cars have about the same risk of being involved in an accident as any other vehicle. If you get injured when the rideshare car you are riding in is involved in a collision, you can file an insurance claim or, if applicable, a lawsuit to cover your accident-related losses. The Murrieta car accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP can help you get the best possible settlement after being injured in a rideshare accident.

Murrieta Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Where you should file a claim after getting injured while you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car depends on whether the accident was the rideshare driver’s fault. (While insurance companies sometimes spend months arguing about the details of liability in car accidents, a general rule is that the driver who violated a traffic law such as by running a stop sign or failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes, is at fault for the accident.) If the rideshare driver was not at fault, your first step is to try to get the best possible settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The best way to do this is to ask the insurance company to contact your Murrieta car accident lawyer instead of letting the insurance company take a recorded statement directly from you.

If the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault, then your claim will probably be paid by the rideshare company’s insurance, since it has a limit of $1 million per accident. That means that, unless your injuries are so severe that you will never be able to work again and will require extensive medical care for life, you should be able to get a sufficient settlement from the insurance company, with the help of your lawyer.

California’s comparative negligence laws also apply in the case of rideshare accidents. If you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still get compensation, but it is less than you would get if you bore no fault for the accident. If you were not wearing a seatbelt in the rideshare car, this could mean that you bear some legal responsibility for your injuries.

Contact a Murrieta, California Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Gibbs & Fuerst is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping clients throughout southwestern California get the money they need after being injured in preventable accidents. A personal injury lawyer can help you recover damages if you have suffered serious injuries when you were a passenger in a rideshare car. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP in Murrieta, California to discuss your rideshare accident case.