Why Do I Need A Rideshare Lawyer?
You need a qualified, experienced Uber lawyer if you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver. This is true whether you were an Uber passenger, a rideshare driver, the driver or passenger of another vehicle, or if you were a pedestrian or cyclist.
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft will try to settle any claim for injuries with you as soon as possible, hoping that you won’t get an attorney of your own. And if you accept a lowball offer before speaking with a lawyer, you will never get to bring a lawsuit for that injury, even if it is worse than you first thought.
The Uber lawyers at Harding Mazzotti are well-versed in how rideshare companies work and the intricacies of insurance coverage for the various “phases” a rideshare driver can be in while driving for Uber or Lyft. We can legally demand the company turn over all of its records, including online data that can pinpoint where the driver was when the accident took place, and even the behavior of the Uber vehicle and driver before and after the accident. For example, records obtained by our attorneys might show that the at-fault driver was using their phone at the time of the accident. This can help immensely with accident reconstruction.
Our attorneys can also demand information about the at-fault driver’s driving record with the company, along with any other information held by Uber or Lyft on the driver who injured you. To help you understand why this is important, in 2017, Uber was fined $8.9 million by the State of Colorado after it was discovered the company had 57 drivers working as “independent contractors” who had traffic and criminal violations in their background checks, including one escaped felon who was using an alias, and others who were driving without a valid license.