Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney in Phoenix

Due to their affordability and reliability, rideshare businesses such as Uber and Lyft have quickly surpassed taxis as the go-to option for hailing rides. Rideshare companies are different from taxis in that they may not need to undergo the same level of driver testing or specific inspection guidelines because drivers are considered independent contractors. As rideshare increases in popularity, the risks of accidents become more of a possibility. Some accidents are unavoidable, and rideshare drivers can make the same mistakes as other drivers.

If you are a victim of a Phoenix Uber or Lyft accident, you must contact an attorney right away. When you work with Zazueta Law, our firm will provide you with an experienced attorney that will work with you to help you attain compensation for your damages. We offer a free consultation to learn about your case so that we can ensure you are informed of all of your legal options.

Uber and Lyft Accident Coverages and Liability

Generally, the at-fault driver is responsible for damages in a vehicle accident. However, a rideshare accident is different if the driver is on the job working when the accident occurred and is not at fault. In this case, there is a possibility that the employer would be liable for the damages.

Because accidents are complicated in distinguishing each party's percentage of fault, multiple insurance companies may play a role in crash recovery. If the rideshare driver is off-duty and causes a collision, the driver may be responsible for damages. In this situation, you must file a claim with their insurance company. Here are the parties that may be responsible in the event of a rideshare accident:

  • Non-Rideshare Driver: If a driver caused a vehicle accident outside of the rideshare vehicle, the outside driver would assume responsibility for the damages.
  • Third-Party: In some cases, third parties may be liable for the accident, such as the City of Phoenix, if there were unsafe construction zones, or the car manufacturer would be at fault if there appears to be a defect in the vehicle that contributed to causing the accident.
  • Uber or Lyft Driver: Uber and Lyft require drivers to carry private insurance plans. If the driver of the rideshare company causes the crash, their insurance will be the primary source of recovering damages for crash victims. In Arizona, the minimum required liability insurance limits are as follows:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per aggregate accident
  • $15,000 for property damage liability

  • Rideshare Company: Both Uber and Lyft carry an estimated $1 million insurance policy limits. These insurance policies may sometimes be applicable when a rideshare driver logs into the Uber or Lyft app and is available for ride requests. The insurance policies carry different limits based on the scenarios below:

  • When the driver is logged into the app and has not accepted a ride to carry a passenger, the coverage maximum is 50/100/25. 
  • When the driver is logged into the app and carrying a passenger, the coverage maximum is $1 million.

To accurately investigate who is liable for an Uber or Lyft accident in Phoenix, you need to work with an experienced attorney. You and your attorney must begin the investigative process which includes, but is not limited to, gathering evidence and witness testimony all to provide proof of negligence to build a strong case. Keep in mind that if the court found multiple parties at fault in the cause of the collision, all parties would be responsible for paying damages equal to their percentage at fault. You would generally then be eligible for receiving compensation from all parties involved who are found negligent in the accident.

Compensation and Recovering Damages

You should be entitled to recover damages if you've been in a rideshare accident. Several factors can affect the award of damages you receive, such as:

  • Severity of damage
  • Extent of damage
  • Age of the victim
  • The general health of the victim
  • Income of the victim
  • Disability or handicap of the victim
  • Preexisting condition of the victim
  • Attorney's Experience

It's easy to overlook the need to prepare for your future quality of life after a rideshare crash. Since you could sustain life-changing injuries, you should never underestimate your level of trauma resulting from an accident. You need to hire an experienced attorney willing to fight for the adequate compensation that will cover the cost of your injuries. When filing your claim, you and your attorney will determine the expenses needed to cover economic and non-economic damages.

You may be eligible to get compensation for the following through a Phoenix Uber or Lyft accident claim:

  • Current and future medical bills and expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Emotional damages
  • Permanent disability
  • Therapy and physical therapy
  • Medication expenses
  • In-home care
  • Nursing care
  • Assistance expenses
  • Any other costs related to treating the Uber or Lyft car injury

Contact A Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney 

At Zazueta Law, we devote ourselves to assisting you in obtaining favorable outcomes and adequate compensation for your claim. When you work with our firm, your attorney will be highly communicative and diligent throughout the litigation process. Our firm serves the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, Queen Creek, and Tucson in Arizona.

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