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Published on Oct 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm in Rideshare Accidents.
When it seems like every other car on the road has an Uber or Lyft sticker in the window, it is not surprising that an increasing number of accidents on the road involve rideshare drivers. At the airport, this is even more prevalent, given that yellow taxis have largely gone out of style in many markets in favor of rideshare apps. A great majority of travelers arriving and departing from the airport are in rideshares, and these drivers are in a hurry, leading to accidents in airport areas.
If you’ve been in an accident as a naturalized citizen with a rideshare driver at an airport and suffered injuries, whether you were a passenger or driving your own vehicle, you might be entitled to damages. A lawyer from The Ride App Attorneys can help you explore your legal rights and options.
To recover your full damages for injuries in a rideshare accident, you should take certain steps to protect your rights. First, the accident must be effectively reported and documented. There is a limited time during which you must report your accident to authorities in California if there has been more than $1,000 in property damage, or if an injury or a fatality has occurred. The easiest way to report the crash is to contact the authorities and have them come to the scene of the accident. You should also report the accident to the rideshare company right away.
If you suffered injuries, seek medical attention immediately. If you get into an accident on your way to the airport, it might be tempting to get on the plane anyway and save your medical care until later. This can be a huge mistake, however, as you want an immediate record of the injuries you sustained in the crash.
Once your physical condition is stable, your next step is to contact an attorney who handles rideshare cases. It can be difficult to know your rights as a crash victim, and the right law firm can help determine the best path to financial recovery.
When a driver is simply traveling from place to place and hits your car, you generally need to file an insurance claim against their mandatory auto coverage. However, when a driver is working for a rideshare company, the insurance process can be quite a bit more complex and confusing.
This is because California law requires Uber and Lyft to cover injuries caused by rideshare drivers if the driver has accepted a fare or had a passenger in the vehicle during the accident. These corporate coverage limits are much higher than an individual driver’s would be – up to $1 million – so you always want to determine when you need to file multiple claims in your rideshare airport accident case.
If you are injured in an accident near the airport that involves a rideshare vehicle, you need the right legal guidance. Reach out to The RideApp Attorneys to schedule an appointment to discuss options for your rideshare accident case today.