Rideshare vehicles continue to have an increased presence on the roads of Thousand Oaks. While most riders use these services for convenience or to travel safely after an evening of drinking, the increased car volume has actually led to a rise in motor vehicle accidents.
When you are in a rideshare-vehicle-involved accident, it can be challenging to figure out who owes you compensation for your injuries, and you can be left with a lower settlement than you deserve as most parties dodge their responsibility and seek to avoid making payouts. Ensure you get the settlement you deserve by connecting with the car accident lawyers at Simmrin Law Group. Your Thousand Oaks rideshare accident attorney will not let the negligent party or parties escape their responsibility to you.
Frequency of Rideshare Accidents
According to Uber’s safety report, the fatality rate for vehicles connected to the Uber platform is about half of the national average. The report also states:
- 101 fatalities from 91 Uber vehicles
- 32% of fatal accident involved a speeding car, and 91% of the speeders were third-party drivers
- 23% of the fatal accidents involved drunk drivers, and 100% of those driving under the influence were third-party drivers
- 42% of victims were “vulnerable road users” which include motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists. 64% of the vulnerable road users killed were pedestrians
According to the report, 99% of Uber rides are incident free, and only.0002% involve a critical safety event. While Lyft’s community report is less detailed, this rideshare also reports the same 99% vs .0002% safety record.
Despite these statistics and the apparent low accident rates, there are still accidents involving rideshare vehicles, and victims are victims whether 99% or .0002% of the time. If you are the victim of a rideshare-involved accident, you deserve to be fairly compensated, and an experienced Thousand Oaks rideshare accident attorney will fight until you are.
For a free legal consultation with a rideshare accidents lawyer serving Thousand Oaks, call (310) 896-2723
Victims and At-Fault Parties in Rideshare Accidents in Thousand Oaks
There are a variety of potential victims in Thousand Oaks rideshare accidents, and all should seek representation from a Thousand Oaks personal injury attorney. Victims include:
- Rideshare vehicle passengers
- Rideshare vehicle drivers
- Drivers of third-party vehicles
- Passengers in third-party vehicles
There is also variety among potential at-fault parties. The rideshare vehicle driver, the rideshare company, a third-party vehicle driver, a government entity, or even a car or part manufacturer may hold fault depending on the cause of the accidents.
If the rideshare driver was reckless, driving under the influence, or neglected to obey traffic laws, the driver may hold responsibility. However, if a third-party driver engaged in any of those behaviors and caused the accident, the responsibility lies with that driver. If traffic signals were broken, streets were left unlit, or roads were left in hazardous conditions, and one of those dangers led to the accident, the government entity responsible for those factors could be culpable.
Claims Against Rideshare Companies
Usually, rideshare companies have themselves well-protected from liability in accidents involving their drivers as they “hire” drivers as independent contractors. However, if you were victimized physically or sexually by a driver, an attorney will investigate to determine if the company conducted appropriate background checks and gave the driver proper training. If they did not, the company may hold some liability.
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Seeking Compensation from the At-Fault Party
A rideshare accident attorney in Thousand Oaks knows how to investigate your rideshare accident to determine fault and will file against that party. If a private third party is responsible, your attorney will negotiate with that party’s insurance company to secure a fair settlement. If a government entity is to blame, the process for filing a claim and pursuing compensation is more complicated, but the Thousand Oaks rideshare attorneys from Simmrin Law Group are well prepared to take your case through the process.
When the rideshare driver is to blame, your attorney’s investigation into the accident will factor prominently in determining what insurance company is responsible for your settlement. Rideshare companies typically follow this (or a similar) breakdown for accident insurance:
- If rideshare drivers are in an accident when they are not active on the rideshare app, their personal insurance provides coverage.
- If rideshare drivers are available and awaiting a ride request, and their personal insurance does not apply, the rideshare insurance offers third-party coverage of $50,000 in bodily injury per person, $100,000 in bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident.
- If rideshare drivers are on the way to a pickup or experience an accident during a ride, the rideshare insurance provides $1,000,000 in third-party coverage, uninsured motorist bodily injury or first-party injury insurance, and up to the cash value of the car though with a $2,500 deductible.
Compensation a Rideshare Accident Attorney in Thousand Oaks Can Secure
Rideshare accident victims can sustain serious injuries preventing them from working for a time or permanently. The most severe injuries can leave them in need of long-term medical care and with permanent physical or cognitive disabilities that change how they move through their daily lives and interact with those around them.
A rideshare accident lawyer in Thousand Oaks will consider all losses sustained in the accident and demand coverage for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include any financial expenses incurred by the accident, including lost income and lost future earnings. Non-economic damages come with a high emotional price tag, taking away from your enjoyment of life and acknowledging your physical suffering.
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We Help You Fight Back
With more rideshare cars on the road, there are more opportunities for crashes with other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists. When you are the victim of one of these accidents, you have the right to hold the negligent party accountable and fight to get the compensation you need to recover. Simmrin Law Group will lead you through that fight.
Reach out to a Thousand Oaks rideshare accident lawyer from our team. We will fight until you receive the highest settlement possible. Call to schedule a consultation today.