If you are riding a bike and hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, do you have any legal rights? In California, the answer is yes. You cannot, however, wait too long to bring your claim. Indeed, under California law you have a limited time to file a personal injury claim after being injured by a negligent driver. Learn more about the statute of limitations for accident claims in California here.
When you get hurt in a bicycle crash with a Lyft or Uber driver, and the driver was driving negligently, you will want to file a claim with your insurance company, as well as reach out to an experienced bike accident attorney to discuss your legal rights. If you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you should receive compensation for those injuries! Types of compensation you can recover include:
- medical expenses
- lost wages
- bicycle repairs or replacement
- emotional trauma
- pain and suffering
In some cases, punitive damages may be available. Your attorney will be able to guide your expectations as to what is a fair number for your injuries.
Lyft and Uber drivers offer an incredibly convenient service to the thousands of Los Angelenos who ride in their cars. Unfortunately, like any other driver, they may not always be following the rules of the road. Common distractions for Uber and Lyft drivers include:
- Speeding to get to a new pick up
- Trying to find the quickest route on their phone and not paying attention to the road
- Distracted driving
This list is not exhaustive. There are a multitude of reasons why the driver who hit you was driving carelessly and the right legal team will help you prove your case to the insurance company, Lyft/Uber, and the court, if necessary.
Types of Injuries
If you or a loved one was hurt in a bicycle accident, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Common injuries that bicycle accident victims suffer include:
- Broken bones
- Neck/back pain
- Head or brain injury
- Facial trauma, including broken teeth
Regardless of how serious you believe your injuries may be, it is critical that you seek medical care and allow a medical professional to determine the extent of your injuries. This information will also be useful down the road, when proving the extent of your injuries to the other side.
For more information on what to do after you are injured in a bike accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation.