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Injured During an Uber or Lyft Rideshare in Southern California

Injured During an Uber or Lyft Rideshare

Were you injured during an Uber or Lyft rideshare in Southern California?  Ridesharing continues to disrupt modern transportation models.  The reasonable fares and easy access to transportation on your own schedule associated with ridesharing has continued to increase the success of these business models and the number of miles accumulated by their partner drivers across all of Orange County including Mission Viejo and Irvine. What happens if your Uber or Lyft driver is involved in an injury accident during your ride?  Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have substantial insurance coverage for riders who are injured in a car accident as a passenger.  Uber drivers are required to carry $1 million in liability coverage to cover injuries sustained by their passengers in an accident.  This policy is the primary coverage upon which a personal injury claim will be made.  Uber’s policy extends to the types of recoverable expenses associated with

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When The Person Who Caused Your Injury Accident is at Work?

Person Who Caused Your Injury Accident is at Work

When the person who caused your injury accident is at work their employer’s insurance can help to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. Did you know there is employer liability in injury accidents when their employees are in the midst of their business day?  An employer carries responsibility and legal liability for their employees who are “at work”, and in many cases commuting to or from work.  These cases require an experienced and seasoned attorney who has the expertise and trial experience to identify liable parties and hold them financially accountable for your injuries. If the person who caused your injury accident is at work as a delivery driver or commercial truck driver, we will be able to obtain cell phone records to see if they were distracted at the time of the accident.  In many cases, drivers are being pressured to increase the speed of

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Ride Sharing Services have Increased Injury Accidents

Ride Sharing Services have Increased Injury Accidents

Ride sharing services have increased injury accidents here in Orange County California as well as Los Angeles and across the nation.  Before the existence of Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing services fatal accidents nationally were at an all time low.  Researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University in Houston recently revealed data which shows a significant increase in traffic fatalities in the eight years since ride sharing companies began their rapid expansion. “…ridesharing is associated with an increase of 2% to 3% in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents,” according to the researchers from Rice and the University of Chicago. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was the source of information which was used by the study to evaluate the number of accidents per Vehicle Mile Traveled (VMT) in the past eight years since Uber and Lyft began expansion.  In city after city

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Insurance Adjusters Offer Much Lower Settlements Than We Obtain for Our Clients

Insurance Adjusters Offer Much Lower Settlements

It is a fact that in the vast majority of cases insurance adjusters offer much lower settlements than we obtain for our clients.  Often, the original offer is insulting to our clients based upon the extent of their injuries, the medical costs, the suffering and pain they’ve been forced to endure and the work they’ve missed.  Why do adjusters try to low-ball original offers to accident victims?  What are some of the factors which make a difference in what is offered and what they will ultimately pay?  Are all injury attorneys equally skilled and get the same results for their clients? Never forget that the insurance company’s main objective is profit.  The less they pay you, the more profit they keep for themselves.  Many adjusters use subtle tactics to attempt to get victims of car accidents to settle quickly, even encouraging them that “we’ll give you a fair settlement, you

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California Cities Including Los Angeles Legally Responsible for a Dangerous Road Condition

Los Angeles Legally Responsible for a Dangerous Road Condition

Are California cities including Los Angeles legally responsible for a dangerous road condition?  A recent case in the California Supreme Court (Cordova vs. City of Los Angeles) addressed the liability of the City of Los Angeles for the alleged dangerous condition of a road. In this case, there were 5 occupants/plaintiffs in a vehicle driving on the inside lane of Colorado Blvd. Colorado Blvd. has a median strip, with large, established Magnolia trees. Another vehicle side swiped the Plaintiffs’ vehicle. Both vehicles were exceeding the speed limit, although it was disputed as to their precise speeds. As a result of the side swipe, the Plaintiffs’ vehicle spun out, went into the center median, and hit a large tree. 4 of the passengers were killed, and the other passenger was seriously injured. The City of Los Angeles was sued on the premise that there was a dangerous condition, i.e. the trees were

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