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How to Handle an Out-of-State Uber or Lyft Accident - Pt 1

Friday, September 20, 2019

Taking an Uber or Lyft ride should be easy, but Car accidents are devastating no matter what state they occur in. But an accident in your own state close to home is much easier to deal with than one that occurs outside the laws and customs you're used to. Especially if you're in an unfamiliar Uber or Lift at the time of the accident.

Experiencing an accident out of state, you'll need to tread carefully both to navigate the accident aftermath and to deal with legal concerns of getting involved in the inevitable insurance battle ahead. Not to mention, of course, making sure you get full treatment for any injuries you may have suffered. If you've been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, be sure to take care of yourself and seek help when necessary.

A Passenger in the Aftermath

As an Uber or Lyft passenger outside your home state, it can feel like your options are severely limited, but they aren't. If you are uninjured and able, it's best to take charge of your situation and handle the aftermath as sanely and effectively as possible. Or at least make sure that someone else is on that job already.

Stay At the Scene

Do not let your Uber driver leave the scene and do not call another ride until you have spoken to the police. It is necessary to stay at the scene and make a report in every state. You also need to remain in control of the situation.

Unlike a car accident without rideshare, it's important to take a few extra steps or precautions during the aftermath. 

End the Ride

Do not let your "meter run" during the aftermath of an accident. Instead of trying to cancel the ride, simply 'end' it through the app. Mark it as complete. Most likely, you will get a refund from Uber or Lyft after you report the incident. 

 

Report the Incident

In the app, leave a comment about your ride mentioning the crash. Then, through the 'Help' section, go through the correct channels to report the accident to the corporate office. You may have time to do this while you wait for the cops and paramedics to arrive.

Uber and Lyft Insurance

The Million-Dollar-Policy is not a myth. Both Uber and Lyft have insurance policies that will cover your injuries and other collateral damage if you are involved in a rideshare accident. But, like all insurance claims, you may need assistance getting the settlement you need.

 

The Usual Accident Aftermath

After two cars collide in the US, the is almost always the same. The police must be notified, injuries must be treated, and the scene must be cleaned up so that normal traffic flow can resume. This doesn't change when one car is an Uber or Lyft vehicle on the job. You are a key witness to the accident and may also need immediate medical assistance. Many people don't realize how badly they are hurt right after a car accident, and the police will want to speak to you about the events immediately leading up to the accident.

Call the Police

First, whoever is most capable should call the police. Even if you're late for something. Even if your Uber driver wants to leave the scene to finish  Give no spin or detailed story to how the accident happened, that's up for the police and insurance companies to determine on their own. Instead, focus on the severity of the crash, whether anyone is hurt, and whether traffic is being blocked. The police will arrive shortly on the scene to provide assistance.

Once the police arrive, you can ask them about any legal details you need to be concerned about as an out-of-state Minnesotan. The police should be able to give you a few out-of-state pointers.

Address Medical Needs

Next, make sure that everyone who was in the Uber or Lyft accident is looked at by a doctor. Take care of your own injuries and those of your companions and driver first. Then, if you can, investigate to see of others near the crash need help. Get yourself checked out even if you feel completely fine and uninjured. Often, car accident internal injuries may not show symptoms until a few hours or days later. Including whiplash, which is a real condition that occurs when a person's velocity changes suddenly as in a car accident.

 

Take Away

Being in an Uber or Lyft accident can be scary, especially if you're out of state. Remember to take care of yourself and your companions as your first priority. Then the police, and finally Uber or Lyft. Join us next time for the second half of this article and further aftermath tips. Contact us today for a consultation on your Uber or Lyft accident.


Rideshare Accidents in and Around Los Angeles

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rideshare Accidents in and Around Los Angeles

It's unfortunate but true. Ride-hailing companies continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, and for some, the convenient ride services are a godsend, but more cars on the roads around Los Angeles mean more accidents. What began as transportation availability in neighborhoods and communities where transit or taxis are underserving the population, is now raising the number of fatal accidents.

New Study on Rideshare Crashes

The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, in a new working paper, points out that up to 2 to 3 percent of the crashes in a given area may relate to the introduction of Uber, Lyft, and other ride companies, such as Fare, GetMe, Curb, and others. The study acknowledges that many rideshare customers call Lyft or Uber to take them home after a night of celebration. This idea, one might think, is prudent. But the business students say:

Rideshare drivers have riders in their vehicle only a short time. More often, they are driving from fare to fare, location to location to find viable prospects. This activity is called deadheading. Traffic congestion has increased because of this practice.

People who would have taken public transit are now, because of the lowering of Uber and Lyft prices, using the rideshares. They are not substituting a trip taken in their automobile.

Before Uber launched in California, traffic deaths fell to the lowest number since 1949. This decline in deaths stopped and reversed after ridesharing became popular. The writers cannot pinpoint whether the effect is a "short-term adjustment or a longer-term pattern."

One American city, New York City, introduced a cap on ridesharing in August of 2018.

Lyft and Uber drivers have an array of regulations and procedures they must accept for them to be drivers for the companies. But what is a passenger to do if there is a fatal accident or a severe injury while riding in a ride-hail vehicle?

Cases

  • A Lyft passenger died in Sacramento, CA in 2014, after the Lyft driver swerved to avoid a Kia that spun out into the middle lanes. The passenger sitting in the left-back seat died in the crash.
  • In May of 2014,  a six-year-old child was killed in San Francisco when an Uber driver struck her as she was walking across a street near the Civic Center.
  • Pennsylvania woman was jerked out of the rideshare vehicle when the driver became disgruntled over an argument concerning the address the lady had chosen. The Uber driver pulled the woman out of his car in an unfamiliar area, at night, while it was raining.
  • A Miami man died when flames erupted in the Uber SUV in which he was riding. The driver of a Toyota Corolla slammed into the Uber vehicle, which was making a left-hand turn in Miami, causing it to roll over and burst into flames.

How We Can Help

At Freeman & Freeman, we know that many accidents are due to Lyft and Uber driver's mistakes, such as:

  • An Uber or Lyft driver who is under the influence
  • A driver who was distracted by an electronic device
  • The Uber or Lyft company overlooking thorough background checks
  • Improper vetting of drivers' health, and many more

Automobile accidents can be complex. Ridesharing accidents are even more complicated.

Uber and Lyft Attorneys

If you suffer any distress in any way during a rideshare trip, contact an experienced and trustworthy personal injury attorney, who knows the ins and outs of the ridesharing laws in California. Personal injury attorneys, like those at Freeman & Freeman, can:

  • Walk you through the insurance minefields
  • Assist you in deciding when the best time to settle your case to get maximum compensation
  • Help you navigate the rules of the rideshare company

Freeman & Freeman represents personal injury clients only. Personal injury law is what we have done for the past 30 years. Contact us today and let us guide you into getting the compensation you deserve.

Moving on After a Wrongful Death

Thursday, September 05, 2019

If you have lost someone that you love due to wrongful death, your life is surely turned upside down. Most of these deaths are unexpected, changing your whole life. Though you might not feel like it, there is life after. It can take real work and be challenging but you will find a way to move on.

Here are some tips to help you move on after a wrongful death case.

Know and realize that you are going to have to go through the seven stages of grieving

The grief process is different for everyone, yet most people end up going through seven stages.

First, you are going to be in denial and shock. This period can last quite a while as you struggle to comprehend that your loved one is gone. Then, you are going to feel guilty. Many people feel guilty because they couldn't do anything to help. You may also feel like you caused the death of your loved one. Survivors guilt is also common after a wrongful death. Many people feel guilty that they are still alive.

Anger is the next stage

Many people spend a lot of time in this stage, trying to find someone to blame. Then, you will go through a stage where you are lonely and depressed. As time moves on, you will start to feel a little better before you are able to find your new normal life. The last stage is acceptance. You might revisit any of these feelings throughout the rest of your life.

Seek representation

Though you may not feel like it, if you lost someone that you love due to wrongful death, you should be compensated for it. Everyone knows that this won't bring him or her back but it can really make your life a little easier. You deserve some time where you don't have to worry about making your mortgage payment or even paying bills, especially if you lose the primary breadwinner in your home.

For this reason, you need to find a good lawyer who has experience working with wrongful death cases. He or she will fight for you and your loved one to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. These lawyers are ready to fight the insurance company and other big companies to help make your life a little easier.

Don't be afraid to seek professional help

 Even though most people lose someone that they love, when it is due to someone else's negligence, it can be even harder. A licensed therapist can really help you through this difficult time, as well as the following months and years. Talking to someone (who didn't know the person that you lost) can really be beneficial. Many people can start to process their feelings when they have a little help.

Join a support group

If you don't want to go that way, it can also be helpful to join a support group to talk and listen to others who have been through the same thing. You will be able to meet those who have been through it and have come out the other side, as well as others who are currently struggling.

If you just lost someone that you love due to wrongful death, you are going to go through many months (and even years) of emotions. It is going to take time before you find yourself on the other side. It might be helpful to talk to someone. A therapist can help you deal with your emotions as you come to grips with what happened. If you are not interested, you should at least think about joining a support group filled with others who are going through the same thing that you are!

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Contact us for all of your legal needs. We will make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve!



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