Uber Accident & Lyft Accident Tips & Information

Uber and Lyft rideshare services have become a very common way to get from point A to point B.

It’s cheaper than a traditional taxi service and often more convenient. Ridesharing is huge in California and as these services expand, so do the questions about using them and dealing with them after accidents.


Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Uber accidents, Uber accident claims, Lyft injuries, and Lyft accidents. This includes blog posts and information about recent cases, potential settlements, new legislation, and what to do next if you’re injured in an Uber vehicle.


Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers’ Uber Injury and Accident Blog has a huge amount of information for those injured by Uber drivers. Find the relevant information on winning your case, what you need to know about California laws, and how to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.

Sally Morin’s Uber, Lyft, and Rideshare Accidents Blog Offers:

Uber and Lyft Accidents are On the Rise in California

While many California drivers like using Uber because of the convenience, rideshare companies have yet to figure out the best way to both vet and train their drivers. The Uber app, which runs on a cellphone, often splits the driver’s attention between the road and their device. This leaves other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians vulnerable to distracted driving accidents.


Accidents involving Uber drivers are increasing across San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other major metropolitan areas across California and the U.S. This has led many people to question the ridesharing business model and its impact on public safety.


As a company, Uber has repeatedly come under fire for the way they handle accidents on California roads. A  recent report found that Uber may be misleading the public about rideshare accidents because they want you to think their service is safe.


Our state has also introduced new rideshare legislation. Did you hear about California AB 5, the new gig work law? It views rideshare drivers as presumed employees, which means accident victims may have new leverage to hold rideshare companies responsible for their employees’ poor driving.


Here’s How Insurance Works in an Uber or Lyft Accident

California is a fault or tort state when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. That means there is an attempt to determine who is at fault for the accident. As you can imagine, insurance companies that represent Uber drivers have a financial motive to avoid the blame.


This means injured people often get the runaround when asking to be compensated for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of time from work, and even serious permanent damages to their bodies. Most folks don’t want to be battling insurance companies while they’re attempting to rehab from their injuries, so the solution is to involve a skilled Uber accident attorney who can make their case for them.


Insurance plays a huge role in Uber accident claims. Whether you’re a driver, passenger, bicyclist, or pedestrian, it may be vital to get insurance involved - but it may also be a huge hassle. You can’t necessarily rely on personal auto insurance to pay up.


Personal auto insurance policies usually decline coverage if the vehicle is being used “for hire” or if the driver is benefitting commercially from the ride. However, as an injured person, you do have other options.


California law requires rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to hold $1 million insurance policies in case someone is injured in an accident. Uber’s partner program and Lyft insurance both include coverage with major insurance carriers like Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, and others. In the event of a covered accident, a passenger could qualify to receive payment for their injuries and other damages.


Whether or not insurance will pay for your accident may depend on which of the three periods the driver was in when the crash occurred.


Period 1: The driver is offline or the app is off.

During this period, the driver’s personal insurance coverage applies.


Period 2: The driver is available or waiting for a ride request.

When a driver is in this period, Uber maintains third-party liability coverage if personal auto insurance doesn’t apply, including $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. Lyft offers similar coverage.


Period 3: The driver is en route to pick up riders or is actively driving a passenger.

While a driver is actively picking up or driving passengers, Uber maintains $1 million in third-party liability insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage, contingent comprehensive and collision coverage, and up to the cash value of the car with a $1,000 deductible. Lyft’s coverage is similar, but not exactly the same.

New Rideshare Risk: Driverless Ubers

Here’s yet another rideshare risk on California’s roads. Driverless Ubers are back on our streets and these controversial vehicles have already been involved in several high-profile wrecks. After a crash with an autonomous car, you can sue for compensation with the help of an Uber accident lawyer.


If you or someone you care about needs information about a California Uber or Lyft accident and how to handle all of the logistics of a legal case, this is the place to read up on what your next steps should be. We are rideshare accident experts and love to help!

Do Uber and Lyft Passengers Have to Wear Seatbelts

Do Uber and Lyft Passengers Have to Wear Seatbelts?

Do Uber and Lyft Passengers Have to Wear Seatbelts? Do Uber and Lyft Passengers Have to Wear Seatbelts? Wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of injury or death in a crash by half. You’re much safer in a car when you buckle up. California requires the use of seat belts, but did you know that there are some exceptions? ...
Read More
Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Testing in San Francisco

Have You Seen Them? Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Testing in San Francisco

Have You Seen Them? Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Testing in San Francisco Have You Seen Them? Uber Resumes Self-Driving Car Testing in San Francisco Self-driving Ubers are back on the streets of San Francisco. So far, there are just two autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs and they operate only during daytime hours in a testing mode that doesn’t involve picking up ...
Read More
Reported Number of Uber and Lyft California Accidents is Misleading

Reported Number of Uber and Lyft California Accidents is Misleading

Reported Number of Uber and Lyft California Accidents is MisleadingReported Number of Uber and Lyft California Accidents is MisleadingMost people who use Uber and Lyft assume the services are safe. After all, rideshare services are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and we’d hear about it if they weren’t acting safely, right?Not so fast. What you might not ...
Read More
Risks to Taking Private Payments After a Traffic Accident

Risks to Taking Private Payments After a Traffic Accident

Risks to Taking Private Payments After a Traffic Accident Risks to Taking Private Payments After a Traffic Accident Have you ever been in a fender-bender? If so, it required a quick decision about what to do next. When there’s nothing but a tiny scrape, it seems silly to call the police and make a big deal about it. In California, ...
Read More
Getting in a Car Accident With a Delivery Driver

What to Do if You’re in a Car Accident With a Delivery Driver

What to Do if You’re in a Car Accident With a Delivery DriverWhat to Do if You’re in a Car Accident With a Delivery DriverNext time you’re sitting in California traffic, take a moment to consider this: You’re surrounded by delivery drivers.They’re driving for Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, Lyft, Instacart, goPuff, Shipt, Postmates, Amazon, FedEx, UPS, pizza places, local restaurants, ...
Read More
San Francisco Rideshare Accident Settlement

$841K San Francisco Rideshare Accident Settlement

$841,400 San Francisco Rideshare Accident  Settlement Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Obtain a $841,500 Settlement in Rideshare Accident Case Against an Intoxicated Driver A promising young photography student of the San Francisco Art Institute was a rideshare passenger in San Francisco on her way home from an evening out with a couple of friends. Suddenly, an intoxicated driver blew through ...
Read More
Bicycle vs. Uber

Acuerdo de $250mil por Incidente Bicicleta contra Rideshare

$525,000 California Car Accident Settlement $525,000 California Car Accident Settlement A 34-year-old Bay Area woman suffered serious injuries in a high-speed rear-end car accident, that left her pinned in the backseat of a van at East Leland Road and Harbor Street in Pittsburg, California. She was lucky to be alive, but she suffered severe damage to her legs, requiring surgeries ...
Read More
$250k Settlement Bike versus Rideshare Accident

$250k Settlement Bike versus Rideshare Accident

$250k Settlement Bike versus Rideshare AccidentSally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Obtain a $250,000 Settlement against Rideshare CompanyImagine riding your bike in a San Francisco bike lane, just as you’ve done hundreds of times before. But today, an Uber driver crashes into your bike and crushes your body under the car's tires. What would you do next?Severe bike vs. rideshare accidents ...
Read More
San Jose Uber Accident Highlights Danger of Distraction

San Jose Uber Accident Highlights Danger of Distraction

San Jose Uber Accident Highlights Danger of Distraction Tragedies, near-misses, and disturbing accident trends have San Jose residents worried that Uber might be putting profits ahead of people. A distracted Uber driver risks the safety of everyone on the road, including passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. You’ve no doubt heard about local Uber accidents on the news, not to mention ...
Read More
We Continue to Stay Open and Operate During the Shelter in Place Order - Learn More