Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers in Tucson, ArizonaLast updated on: May 5, 2022
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, call one of Zinda Law group’s Tucson Uber and Lyft injury lawyers today AT (800) 863-5312 to discuss your case
There are over 1.7 million rideshare drivers in the United States. Unfortunately, with these high numbers, accidents involving rideshare vehicles are fairly common. These accidents may lead to severe injury and cost you financially. Fortunately, Zinda Law Group’s experienced Tucson Uber and Lyft injury lawyers are available to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you have been injured and need a Tucson personal injury attorney, contact Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable team can help answer your questions and guide you through the entire legal process, from the initial filing to the final verdict. Contact Zinda Law Group as soon as possible following your accident at (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free initial consultation. We are available 24,7. Further, our clients do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning their personal injury case. Call an experience car accident attorney today.
Arizona and Tucson Car accident facts and Country-wide statistics
Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are an everyday occurrence in the United States. Although the following numbers include all motor vehicles, not just rideshare vehicles, understanding these statistics and facts may help you to be more vigilant and avoid an accident in the future. If you have any questions regarding the following statistics, contact a Tucson car accident attorney at Zinda Law Group today.
Arizona and Tucson Car Accident Statistics
In 2020, there were 98,778 total motor vehicle accidents in Arizona. Of this number, 28,610 resulted in injuries, while 970 crashes were fatal.
The 1,057 people killed in 2020 , is an increase from 2019, when 980 people lost their lives. The total number of crashes, at 98,778 in 2020, is a decrease from 2019, however, which saw 130,366 total crashes.
Tucson had 5,278 total crashes in 2020. Of this number:
- 2,008 caused injury
- 2,777 people total were injured
- 90 were fatal
- 95 people total were killed
- 3,180 had property damage only
- 380 were alcohol related.
Country-Wide Car Accident Statistics
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put forth their 2020 annual traffic crash data which showed that 38,824 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in that year alone. This represents a 6.8% increase from 2019, which had 36,355 fatalities. Further findings comparing crashes in 2019 and 2020 conclude that:
- Speeding-related fatalities increased
- Alcohol-related fatalities increased
- Urban fatalities increased 8.5%
- Rural fatalities increased 2.3%
- Male fatalities increased 8.6%
- Female fatalities increased 1.9%.
This study also found approximately 2,282,015 people were injured on U.S. roads in 2020. This is a 17% decrease from total injuries in 2019. There were also 5,215,071 non-fatal crashes in 2020. This is a 22% decrease from total non-fatal crashes in 2019.
With this study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also determined three major behavioral factors that affect accident rates. These factors include speeding, alcohol-impaired driving, and failure to use a seat belt. In 2020, there were 11,258 total fatalities due to speeding. Further, there were 11,654 fatalities where alcohol was involved. Lastly, in 2020, there were 10,893 fatalities where the occupant was not wearing a seat belt.
It is clear that motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon, both in Arizona and the entire country. Always wear a seat belt, never drink and drive, and refrain from speeding. Rideshare vehicle drivers may also cause accidents, leading to severe injury or even death. If you have been injured by a rideshare vehicle, contact a Tucson Uber accident lawyer, or a Tucson Lyft accident lawyer, at Zinda Law Group today.
ridesharing and insurance questions and answers
Ridesharing companies, such as Lyft and Uber, are becoming more and more popular within the United States. In fact, 36% of Americans have used rideshare services. Further, Uber and Lyft drivers use their personal vehicles to transport passengers, not commercial vehicles. This means that their vehicles are not insured like commercial vehicles are. This is distinct from a limousine or taxi driver, who do use commercial vehicles and have commercial insurance coverage. This distinction begs a number of important questions regarding ridesharing vehicle insurance. The Insurance Information Institute provides the answers to many of these questions, listed below.
Do Personal Auto Insurance Policies Cover Rideshare Drivers?
The answer to this question is, generally, no. Personal auto insurance policies are not designed for commercial ridesharing. In fact, these policies often exclude livery services, as they assume private passenger vehicle drivers do not make money driving themselves, friends, or family around. Rideshare drivers are commercial enterprises, however. This means that they must have commercial insurance coverages in order to make money from passengers.
In fact, there are three instances where a personal auto policy offers no coverage to rideshare drivers. These instances include:
1. When the rideshare driver logs into the rideshare application but has not yet matched with a passenger
2. When the rideshare driver has accepted a match with a passenger but that passenger is not yet in the vehicle
3. When the rideshare driver has picked up the passenger and the passenger is physically inside the vehicle.
Are All Insurance Companies Opposed to Ridesharing Services?
No. In fact, many insurance companies welcome the innovation of rideshare services. Many auto insurers are also offering policies that cover vehicles for both private passenger use and for rideshare operations. Those who do not offer these policies, however, have likely not yet determined how to underwrite the risks of personal auto insurance policyholders with their for-hire passenger vehicle use.
What Are the Insurance Policy Requirements for Lyft and Uber?
Uber and Lyft have certain requirements for their drivers, including the need for insurance coverage on all driver vehicles. These requirements are laid out in more detail below:
- Uber Driver Insurance Requirements and Coverages. In order to drive for Uber, the driver must maintain automobile liability insurance on all vehicles he or she may operate while driving for the company. This applies when the driver’s app is offline. Uber will maintain third-party liability insurance when the driver is available or waiting for a ride request. Uber will also maintain $1,000,000 third-party liability, uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury and/or first-party injury insurance, and contingent comprehensive and collision insurance when the driver is picking up a passenger and during trips.
- Lyft Driver Insurance Requirements and Coverages. Those driving for Lyft are also required to maintain personal auto insurance, which will cover the driver when the Lyft app is off. When the app is on and the driver is waiting for a ride request, Lyft provides third-party liability insurance for covered accidents. When the app is on and the driver is either picking up passengers or is driving a passenger, Lyft provides $1,000,000 for 3rd-party auto liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and contingent comprehensive & collision up to the actual cash value of the car.
Although these requirements and coverages are similar, they may vary depending on certain circumstances and state laws. If you are involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, it is important, therefore, to contact a Tucson car accident attorney at Zinda Law Group to discuss your unique case and to investigate the driver’s insurance coverage.
how long do i have to file a rideshare accident claim?
In order to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage, you must first file a claim. The legal time limit you have to file this claim is referred to as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is different for each type of case and in each state.
For instance, the statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Arizona will be different than the statute of limitations for embezzlement in Oklahoma. In Arizona, you have two years from the date of the Uber or Lyft accident to file a claim. This is an important date to keep in mind, as failure to file your case on time will likely leave you unable to collect compensation. A knowledgeable Tucson Lyft accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group can help file your case on time. Contact our team today to discuss your potential injury case.
what damages can i receive from an uber or lyft accident?
After an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be left with expensive medical bills and costly invoices from your car’s mechanic. Many victims are unable to pay these high prices out of pocket. That is why it is key to hire the right Tucson injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group. Our experienced car accident attorneys can help file your lawsuit and pursue the compensation you deserve. Examples of the different types of compensation, or “damages,” you may receive include:
The first type of damages are economic damages. Economic damages are easily measurable and objectively verifiable. Economic damages are also referred to as “specific” damages and are meant to compensate the victim for their actual, monetary losses. Examples of these damages include:
- Lost earnings
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost business opportunities
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage costs
- Household services.
Economic damages can easily be calculated by the addition of bills, receipts, lost wages, and out of pocket expenses.
You may also be eligible to receive non-economic damages. These types of damages are highly subjective and are meant to compensate the victim for their non-monetary losses. Non-economic damages are also known as “general” damages. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss related to the victim’s reputation.
Non-economic damages will vary from case to case and are more difficult to calculate when compared to economic damages.
Under certain circumstances, the victim may also be able to receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim but are instead given to punish the wrongdoer. In order to receive punitive damages in Arizona, the victim must be able to prove that the wrongdoer was guided by an “evil mind.” This term was solidified by Arizona court decisions and means that the wrongdoer was not simply acting in a negligent manner, but instead was acting with ill will or with intention. The wrongdoer may also be found to have an “evil mind” if he or she was acting in a manner that is so unsafe that he or she knew it would likely cause harm to somebody else. As such, punitive damages are rarely awarded and should not be expected in every case.
If you have any questions regarding your potential damages, contact a Tucson Uber accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group today. Our team can help investigate your case and explain the different types of damages that you may be awarded.
Have you been injured due to an uber or lyft driver? contact a zinda law group Tucson car accident Attorney immediately to discuss your potential case
With the high number of rideshare vehicles on the road, it is unsurprising that accidents with these vehicles occur each year in the United States. These accidents may leave the victim with high medical bills that they may be unable to pay out of pocket. It is important, therefore, to contact the right Tucson car accident attorney at Zinda Law Group. Our team can help investigate whether or not the Uber or Lyft driver maintained their necessary personal car insurance, whether the driver was acting in a negligent or intentional manner, and further determine what kind of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
If you have been harmed due to the negligence or intentional actions of an Uber or Lyft driver, you may need the experience and knowledge of a personal injury attorney to get you the compensation you deserve. Call a Tucson injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group as soon as you can following your accident. Our team has the knowledge and resources necessary to guide you through the entire legal process and fight for you in front of a judgement if a favorable settlement cannot be made. Contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to discuss your potential injury case. Your initial consultation is 100% free and you will not pay us anything unless we are successful. That is our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.”
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