The demand for immediate transportation is growing, which translates to more and more ridesharing cars on the road. This surge in traffic has also increased traffic injuries and fatalities related to Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies.
With Uber having its headquarters in San Francisco, California, the State of California has been a focus of ridesharing growth and activity. In fact, San Francisco and Los Angeles are considered Ubercab cities simply because of the popularity of ridesharing services. California is also home to several accidents related to ridesharing and California has the dubious distinction of being home to the first Lyft accident in 2014, and unfortunately, the accident statistics have increased since that time. While the industry has made an effort to keep the reports of accidents secret, more statistics are being revealed regarding ridesharing accidents in California.
California Rideshare Accident Statistics
- Since 2013, over 150 lawsuits in San Francisco alone were filed against Uber regarding car accidents, with Uber drivers accused of inadequate training, distracted driving, and reckless driving.
- Three judges in California have rejected Uber’s attempts to keep evidence regarding cases “secret.”
- Seven of the 47 fatal traffic accidents in San Francisco from 2018-2019 involved a ridesharing company.
- More than half of the citations issued in major downtown cities in California are given to ridesharing vehicles for violations such as blocking the bike lane.
- From 2014-2016, insurance companies paid $185.6 million in compensation for 9,388 claims related to ridesharing accidents in California.
- In one month alone, the number of accidents related to ridesharing vehicles in California totaled 1,100 — from catastrophic car accidents to vehicles running over customers’ feet.
Can You Sue a Ridesharing Company?
Some studies now show that Lyft accidents and other ridesharing accidents are contributing to overall increases in traffic injuries and fatalities. If you suffered injuries related to a car accident while you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, or if you were in another car and were hit by a ridesharing vehicle, you may have the right to compensation for your damages and injuries.
First, there must be a determination regarding fault. If the Uber or Lyft driver was determined to be responsible for the car accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company. However, in some cases, a driver will not be covered by their personal auto insurance, as many insurance companies now will not cover drivers for ridesharing companies. In these cases, you may be able to file a claim directly with the ridesharing company itself. If you were a passenger in an Uber and suffered injuries in an accident, you may be able to file a claim with Uber’s insurance policy, as Uber offers insurance to cover its drivers.
Contact an Experienced Car Attorney Today
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft in California, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Easton & Easton at 800-461-8259 or online today to discuss how you may be able to receive compensation for your Uber or Lyft accident.