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Uber and other rideshare companies like Lyft may have been born in San Francisco, but they have really taken off in bigger cities like Los Angeles. However, as the number of rideshare drivers in Southern California increases, so does the likelihood of an Uber accident in Los Angeles. Unless they have an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer, injury victims struggle for months trying to get compensation from Uber drivers and their insurance companies after a serious accident. The way these innocent people are treated is simply not fair. By the time they contact an Uber Accident legal expert, these folks are fed up with dealing with Uber or Lyft.
Uber hopes these people will get tired and just accept a quick low-ball settlement, or better yet just walk away from their Uber accident claim. Uber makes things more complicated than they need to be in an effort to wear you down.
Traditionally, if a victim was involved in an accident while riding in a cab in California, the driver or the cab company would be held legally responsible (thus financially liable) for any injuries. However, Uber has gone out of its way to limit its own liability and even tries to say that Uber drivers aren't "employees" to keep Uber from having to pay accident claims. Because of these "strategic complications" getting a fair settlement after a Los Angeles Uber accident can be much more difficult than a regular car accident.
You Don't Have to Fight Uber Alone
Most people who come to us at Sally Morin Law never thought they'd need to hire a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer, but once we are on board, they know they are no longer alone!
Unlike those big high-volume California personal injury law firms, we treat you like an individual, not a number. After an accident, your life is turned upside down. You are in pain, you can't work, bills are piling up, there are phone calls, letters and emails flowing in about your accident. You need an LA Uber accident attorney who will be by your side through this difficult process. At Sally Morin Law, you get personalized attention and have direct access to the lawyer working on your case.
"Sally Morin Law... Lauren, Sally and Rebecca were better than family in steering me through the 6 months that followed."
Los Angeles Rideshare Accidents
Although the way Uber or Lyft handles accident claims can be more complicated than a normal LA car crash, Los Angeles Uber accidents, when you look at the circumstances of how they happen, aren't really much different than any other car accident. These rideshare accidents are typically caused by the same things, involve the same types of injuries, and cause similar types of property and emotional damage.
However, at Sally Morin Law, our Los Angeles Uber accident lawyers see more Uber cases where the Uber driver is at fault than where a non-Uber driver is. This is often due to driver exhaustion, driver distraction or their unfamiliarity with where they heck they are going. Sadly, these issues run rampant in the rideshare driver community.
Have you been in an Uber accident in the Los Angeles Area? If you have suffered:
- broken bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- or injuries requiring surgery
Keep reading to learn why working with the Los Angeles Uber injury attorneys at Sally Morin Law could be the right next step in making your Uber accident claim. Or, contact us 24/7 for a FREE LA Uber accident case evaluation.
Top Causes of Uber Accidents in Los Angeles
Speed is the number one contributing factor to the majority of car accidents in Los Angeles. Even travelling five or ten miles over the posted limit drastically reduces a driver’s response time and ability to control their vehicle. Speed also greatly increases a victim’s risk of serious or life-threatening injuries.
Because ride share drivers make more when they pick up more fares, they literally have a financial incentive to put their own passengers – and pedestrians or motorists on the road around them - at unnecessary risk. They often rush, push the limit, and break the law—thus we have seen an increase in speed-related causes to almost every Uber accident in Los Angeles.
Failure to Stop
Related to speed, and not wanting to miss out on fares, failure to come to a complete stop at signs and signals is also a leading cause of the typical Uber accident in Los Angeles. Drivers in a hurry have a tendency to “bend the rules” when it comes to stop signs, slowing or yielding rather than coming to a full stop. Unfortunately, doing so can dramatically increase the risk of a crash—especially deadly “T-Bone” crashes that place passengers right in the path of oncoming traffic.
Most Uber Drivers Are in Unfamiliar Territory
It’s just so easy to spot an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Los Angeles. And this isn't just because of the black “U” or pink Lyft stickers in the car windows. This is about how poorly the car is being driven. The majority of LA Lyft or Uber drivers are not residents of Los Angeles. A lot of them come in from the suburbs to make “the big bucks” in the city. These drivers are not familiar with the LA area, its streets or the traffic. This causes them to drive really slowly, or too fast, make last-second turns (without turn signals of course), stop in the middle of the street for no apparent reason (usually to pick up a passenger) and make other “rookie” driving mistakes. These hazards caused by drivers' unfamiliarity with the roads is another reason Los Angeles Uber accidents are so abundant.
Distracted Driving -- It’s all about the App
On top of all that, the rideshare driver’s focus isn’t usually on the road around them, it’s on their phone. Either they are fiddling with the Uber or Lyft app, or they are staring at their GPS on the app to find their next passenger or drop-off point. This is a dangerous combination for passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. It’s almost as if the driving part is an after-thought. It’s all about the App! This terrible app-focused mindset is what leads to Uber accident after Uber accident in Los Angeles.
Driver Fatigue is a Major Contributor to Uber Accidents in Los Angeles
Everyone knows that when you’re behind the wheel in Los Angeles you need to be alert, awake, and ready to respond to changing road conditions and traffic patterns in a moment’s notice. When you’re tired, you simply can’t do that. Your body’s reaction time is slowed as is your mind’s ability to process the information it’s receiving.
The Uber driver platform makes it easy for drivers to work whenever they want for however long they want. This can lead to drivers working when they are sleepy, exhausted or overworked. Uber driver fatigue is very common. Many Uber drivers have been found at fault where fatigue was a major factor in their Uber accident. These drivers often report being overworked, driving for hours without sleep or even a break, and simply failing to see the danger into which they were driving. You do not want to be in a car with a fatigued Uber driver in LA.
Protect Yourself After Your Rideshare Accident
After an Uber accident in Los Angeles, Uber's insurance company is not on your side. You need an experienced LA Uber accident attorney to fight for you and get the significant settlement you’re entitled to. You may even need to take your case to court if Uber pushes back hard enough. No need to worry, the Uber Accident legal team at Sally Morin Law is used to dealing with Uber and Lyft. We are experts at getting these rideshare companies to cough up fair settlements for our clients. In the few instances where these companies choose to "dig in their heels" our litigation team doesn't blink an eye. We have successfully taken both Uber and Lyft to court for our clients to ensure they get the best possible financial result for their cases.
Is Sally Morin Law the Right Los Angeles Uber Lawyer for You?
- Have you suffered a serious injury in an Uber accident in Los Angeles involving broken bones, hospitalization, surgery or traumatic brain injury?
- Are you worried about how the accident will affect your family and your ability to work?
- Are you looking for a solid and fair settlement, instead of punishing the at-fault party?
- Do you need an expert Uber accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can handle the overly complicated accident claim process Uber will try to put you though?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, Sally Morin Law - with over 20 years of experience in California and a 5-star rating as a Los Angeles personal injury law firm - could be a great fit for you and your case.
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Common Injuries Passengers Suffer in an Uber or Lyft Accident
We’ve taken a look at the many factors that cause Uber accidents in Los Angeles and have seen they are very similar to other types of crashes. But the types of injuries that rideshare passengers suffer in these accidents can be very different.
Head and Neck Injuries
Uber passengers typically ride in the back seat. In this position, a victim’s head will likely shift violently forward or to the side in a crash and may even strike the rear of the front seat or window. This impact can cause head trauma, facial injuries, even concussion and traumatic brain injuries—which can have lasting lifelong effects.
Knee and Lower Limb Injuries
Something we don’t often see in normal car accident cases, but frequently with our Uber accident passenger clients are leg injuries. If the leg comes into contact with the rear of the front seat the impact can cause irreparable damage to the delicate joints in the lower limbs. Knee trauma is a common injury seen by ER crews treating victims of an Uber accident in Los Angeles and may require multiple surgeries to correct or can leave victims with lasting leg pain and reduced mobility for life.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
If the passenger sees an accident about to happen, their normal response is to throw their hands out to protect themselves. Unfortunately, this doesn't usually help when you’re involved in an Uber crash. Your body weighs too much (and is travelling too fast) for you to stop yourself with your hands. These types of crashes can cause broken fingers, disjointed wrists, torn ligaments, and fractured arms—any of which could require seeing a special type of surgeon to repair the damage. In my 20 years of practice as a personal injury attorney, I can attest that hand and wrist injuries can be some of the most complicated to treat and heal. They are very common in Uber accident cases involving passenger injuries, and we are seeing a rise of these in our practice.
If you've suffered serious injuries as a result of a Southern California Uber accident, don't jeopardize your claim by trying to deal directly with Uber on your own. If your injuries are complex and require extensive treatment, you want a Los Angeles Uber accident attorney to look at your case to see if they can help. This is one of the first things you should do after you get checked out by a doctor.
Not ready to make a decision about your Los Angeles Uber accident representation yet?
If you aren't ready to hire an attorney for your LA Uber crash yet. We’ve listed the top three things you should consider when deciding whether or not to hire a Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer.
#1. Find an Attorney Who Understands Rideshare Accidents
Because of Uber's "slippery tactics", you need a Los Angeles Uber accident expert - a team of legal experts on your side who is intimately familiar with how Uber and its insurance coverage operates. Don't just hire a general personal injury attorney, or one that sometimes dabbles in car accident cases. You want someone who focuses on rideshare accidents specifically.
At Sally Morin Law, we have handled numerous Uber and Lyft accident cases in California. Even before Uber and Lyft ever existed, we ONLY represented people in traffic accidents - not other types of personal injury accidents. And, we have been representing clients in Uber accident cases since Uber launched in 2009.
Find out now if you have a case that we can help you with. Get a FREE online case evaluation 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.
#2. You Are Likely Entitled to More Money than Uber Offers You
You might think you can just use Uber's app to file and process your claim. You can try -- but only if the accident was minor and your injuries weren't serious. Like if you only suffered whiplash and didn't to to the emergency room, maybe dealing directly with Uber through their app's claims process is the right call.
However, if you suffered major injuries like a broken bone, anything requiring surgery or traumatic brain injury, you are really risking it by working directly with Uber. Uber will pretend to be your friend so they can settle your claim quickly for as little as possible. Until you get an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident attorney on your case, Uber is not going to make an offer that adequately compensates you for items your entitled do such as:
It’s your right under California law to request a FAIR settlement that more accurately compensates you for the damages your Uber accident caused. However, getting this fair settlement directly from Uber isn’t easy. That’s when having a good Los Angeles Uber lawyer on your team can help.
#3. Your LA Uber Accident Case May Not Have to Go to Court
In the vast majority of Uber accident cases in Los Angeles, the parties involved come to an agreement before even having to go to court. However, if you don't get an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer on your case, you may unnecessarily end up in litigation and maybe even trial.
You want to make sure to ask any lawyer you are considering what their track record is with Uber. Many California personal injury lawyers are overworked and try to take on too many cases. Then, they can't build your case quickly enough to get you a strong settlement. Their delay and lack of bandwidth could force your case to court. Don't risk that! Make sure you know that your Uber case does NOT have to end up in court. Of course there are those times when justice requires you to file a lawsuit, but at Sally Morin Law we have a solid history of settling our cases with Uber much to our clients' delight!
At Sally Morin Law...
We get solid, quick results without litigation in about 94% of our cases. But, when getting what's fair for our client requires going to court, we take on that challenge. With 20 years of experience litigating traffic accident cases in California, we don't shy away from a fight when it's in the best interest of our client.
Sally Morin Law - Not Your Typical Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers
The Los Angeles Uber accident attorneys at Sally Morin Law are different than those "look at me", old-school personal injury attorneys you see advertising on billboards, buses and TV. We aren't into the ego thing. We are into our clients!
"Personal injury lawyers conjure up images of tacky billboards of a guy with greasy hair and an 800 number. Sally Morin Law couldn't be any more different and is a breath of fresh air for an experience with any type of attorney."
The experts at Sally Morin Law have been helping injured individuals in California get the financial compensation they deserve for over 20 years. We've settled large Uber insurance claims out of court and Sally has successfully litigated traffic accident cases in California for over two decades and Uber accident cases since 2009.
While the money our team will get you for your case can’t take away the pain caused by your Uber crash, it can help take away your worry about the future.
Get in touch with us now to see if we can help!
Check out Sally Morin Law's Los Angeles Client Reviews and Testimonials
The team at Sally Morin Law prides itself on providing unparalleled customer-service. You can see in our reviews that:
- We don’t make bold promises just to get your business.
- We are accessible — we return your calls and emails ASAP.
- We discuss all crucial decisions with you and give you the information needed to make good choices.
- We fight against crafty Uber adjusters and lawyers to get the maximum amount you deserve.
- We negotiate with your medical providers to reduce your bills, letting you take more of the settlement money home.
- We make sure you get your FULL financial recovery quickly with as little stress as possible.