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Rideshare Accident in Bakersfield:
Who Can Be Held Liable?

Determining responsibility in an Uber or Lyft accident involves various factors, such as the fault for the accident and the driver’s status on the app at the time.

  • Rideshare drivers are “independent contractors,” not employees, so they might bear liability in certain situations.
  • ✔ If an Uber or Lyft driver is responsible for an accident and lacks adequate insurance, the affected party can potentially sue both the driver and the rideshare company for damages.
  • ✔ Claims against Uber or Lyft are valid if their driver causes harm, whether intentionally or through negligence.
  • ✔ The rideshare companies themselves could be liable if they fail to adequately screen drivers or maintain their apps.
  • ✔ If someone other than the rideshare driver is responsible for the accident, such as another motorist, that individual could be held liable.

In California, regulations require Uber and Lyft to have $1,000,000 in liability insurance. Under California’s Proposition 22, drivers for these companies are classified as independent contractors, implying that while the companies offer some insurance coverage, drivers might also be liable depending on the accident’s specifics.



Uber Accidents: Uber’s Liability Policy

Uber’s liability policy is comprehensive, designed to offer protection to both drivers and passengers. It comprises three key components:

The insurance policy Uber provides includes three parts:

  • ✔ When the driver’s app is active but hasn’t accepted a ride request, Uber provides contingent liability coverage. This coverage extends to $50,000 per injured party, with a maximum of $100,000 per accident, and up to $25,000 for property damage.
  • ✔ From the moment a driver accepts a trip until its completion, Uber’s policy offers substantial coverage of $1 million for third-party liability. This coverage encompasses personal injuries and property damage.
  • In cases where another driver is at fault and lacks adequate insurance, Uber’s policy includes $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage

However, if an injury results from an assault, Uber typically disclaims liability. In such instances, accident victims, through their Bakersfield Uber accident lawyer, may file legal action against either the assailant or the driver.


Lyft Accidents: Lyft’s Liability Policy

Lyft also maintains a comprehensive liability policy to safeguard both its drivers and passengers. Here’s an overview of how it operates:

  • ✔  When the Lyft app is active, and drivers are available to accept ride requests, Lyft offers coverage of $50,000 per person for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 for property damage.
  • ✔  Lyft’s insurance encompasses liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage. The specifics vary based on the phase of the ride, whether the driver is awaiting a ride request, en route to pick up a passenger, or in the midst of a trip with a passenger on board.
  • ✔  In the event of an accident where the Lyft driver is at fault, Lyft provides liability coverage of $1 million.
  • ✔  If the driver carries personal collision coverage through their auto insurance, Lyft offers contingent collision coverage. This covers physical damage to the driver’s vehicle following an accident.

For accidents that occur during an ongoing trip (from the moment the driver accepts a ride until its conclusion), Lyft’s policy provides $1 million in liability insurance, covering bodily injury and property damage. An experienced Bakersfield Lyft accident lawyer can help make things easy for victims and their families.



Why Choose RTM Law
for Your Bakersfield Uber or Lyft Accident Claim?

Exceptional Expertise

RTM Law boasts a formidable team of experienced personal injury attorneys, medical experts, and case managers with extensive knowledge of Lyft and Uber laws in California. Our expertise allows us to navigate the complexities of motor vehicle accident cases effectively, with a steadfast commitment to securing the highest possible compensation for our clients.

Personalized Approach

We understand the unique intricacies of accidents involving ridesharing services. That’s why we are dedicated to providing tailored services for each client, ensuring that individual concerns are addressed, and their voices are heard throughout the entire legal process.

Millions Recovered in Settlements

Our rideshare accident lawyers take great pride in having successfully recovered millions of dollars for numerous victims of Lyft and Uber accidents across Kern County and throughout California. When you choose RTM Law, you can rely on our strong and effective representation.

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Bakersfield Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney: FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our personal injury law firm in Bakersfield, California.

How is potential compensation calculated for a ridesharing accident?

Our law firm thoroughly reviews all aspects of your accident, including medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage, and emotional trauma. We then leverage this information against our deep understanding of California’s legal regulations around ridesharing accidents to seek maximum compensation for your losses. Each case is unique, so we tailor our approach based on the specific circumstances surrounding your accident.

Will I need to pay upfront fees when working with RTM Law on a Lyft or Uber accident case?

No, at RTM Law we operate on a contingency-fee basis for all Lyft and Uber accident cases. This means you don’t have to pay any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you. Our goal is to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for everyone involved in a rideshare accident.

What should I do immediately after a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft ride?

The first step is always ensuring your safety and seeking immediate medical attention if required. Then gather as much evidence from the scene as possible — photos, witness information etc., and report the incident both to law enforcement and the rideshare company. As soon as it’s feasible, contact our Bakersfield Uber and Lyft accident attorneys so we can start advocating for your rights promptly.

How long will it take to resolve my rideshare accident claim?

Every lawsuit has its own timeline contingent upon various factors such as complexity of the case, degree of injuries, and the willingness of the other party to settle. However, our team at RTM Law is committed to moving your case forward as quickly and efficiently as possible while still ensuring that we secure the highest possible compensation for you.

Will my personal insurance cover my accident injuries from an Uber or Lyft accident in Bakersfield?

If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft accident in Bakersfield, your personal insurance may not be sufficient to cover your medical expenses and other damages. Rideshare companies typically have their own insurance policies that cover accidents involving their drivers. However, these policies may only provide limited coverage or may not fully cover all the damages incurred. This is why it is important to hire an attorney experienced in handling Bakersfield car accident cases.

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Be on the Winning Side of an Uber or Lyft Accident; Free Consultation

If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Bakersfield, reach out to a skilled and experienced attorney who can fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. RTM Law has extensive experience in handling rideshare accident cases and we are committed to providing top-notch legal representation for our clients.


Our attorneys understand the complexities of being involved in an Uber accident or Lyft accident and will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf. We will gather all necessary evidence, speak with witnesses, and negotiate with insurance companies to secure the best possible outcome for you.


Don’t let the stress of dealing with a rideshare company’s insurance policy add to the burden of recovering from an accident. Let us handle the legal aspects while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.


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