Los Angeles Rideshare Accident Attorneys
We Help People Injured in LA Rideshare Collisions
Ride-hail services like Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular and offer a great way to get around Los Angeles without the hassle of parking. But as more drivers for these ridesharing services flood the streets, the chances of an accident become higher. Fortunately, California requires all rideshare drivers to be properly insured in case any accidents and injuries occur.
If you have been injured in a vehicle collision, you deserve to have an experienced LA accident lawyer to represent you. Do not talk to any insurance company or sign anything without first speaking with an attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Call us right now at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041 to discuss what happened. We’ll sit down with you and talk about the options you have after a rideshare accident.
Insurance Requirements for Rideshare Drivers
California law requires rideshare drivers to have minimum amounts of insurance coverage. Some ridesharing services provide some or all of this coverage for their drivers while signed in to the app. Requirements change depending on what "period" drivers are in - that is, whether they have passengers or not.
- Period 0: When a driver does not have his ridesharing app turned on, he is effectively off the job. The driver's personal insurance is active during this time but the rideshare company is not involved or liable in any way. A driver in California must have at least $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person, $30,000 bodily injury coverage per accident, and $5,000 property damage coverage per accident.
- Period 1: When a driver's ridesharing app is on but he has not been paired with a passenger yet. During this time, the driver must have $50,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person, $100,000 bodily injury coverage per accident, and $30,000 property damage coverage per accident.
- Period 2: When a driver's app is on and he has been paired with a passenger, but the passenger is not yet in the vehicle. During this time, the ridesharing service must carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. This covers the driver, other drivers, and passengers, though the ridesharing driver may have to pay a deductible.
- Period 3: When a passenger is actually inside the ridesharing vehicle. The same coverage is required as during Period 2, with a deductible based on the rideshare service the driver works for.
Due to a recent law passed in California, ridesharing drivers are held to the same blood-alcohol content (BAC) requirements of commercial drivers. A ridesharing driver cannot provide services for passengers if he or she has a BAC over .04%. This means a ridesharing driver will be guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol at a lower BAC level than private drivers.
After a Rideshare Accident in LA, Give Us a Call
We’ve noticed many rideshare drivers weaving dangerously on the roads, busy looking up direction for their next fare. A person driving faster than the speed limit, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or becoming distracted is unacceptable – especially when that person is driving passengers.
If that person's negligence causes an accident, he or she can certainly be held liable for the victim’s injuries. But proving negligence is essential an any civil case, and most Angelenos don’t have the tools to do that all on their own – especially when suffering from a serious injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision involving a rideshare driver, call Novik & Stanley. Our Los Angeles rideshare accident lawyers know car crashes, and we know how to take care of our clients. We have successfully won MILLIONS for injury victims and taken cases all the way to jury trial and verdict, if we needed to. Call (818) 305-6041 to schedule your free consultation.
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