Recent Article on Ride-Sharing Insurance Highlights the Fine Line of Liability, Says the Law Office of Raymond R. Hassanlou

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The personal injury lawyer notes that this recent article is a reminder of the intricacies and specifics of personal injury law that require a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.

Drivers for ride-sharing companies like Uber no longer have to worry about certain coverage gaps in California.

This discussion brings to light several things that must be considered when pursuing legal action, including who the suit should be filed against, and how that affects the result.

According to an article published July 1st on ABC News, a new California law has been passed aiming to end the gaps in insurance coverage for drivers working for Uber or other ride-sharing companies. Previously, Uber drivers were not covered by the company’s insurance in the period of time when they are engaging with the app, but if they are not currently driving a customer.

LA-based personal injury lawyer Raymond R. Hassanlou notes that this law is a step towards increased clarity in determining which party is liable to pay damages when an accident occurs. In fact, as noted by Mr. Hassanlou and the author of the article, this law is largely in response to previous cases that have dealt with the issue of corporate liability when an accident occurs. Mr. Hassanlou emphasizes that this discussion brings to light several things that must be considered when pursuing legal action, including who the suit should be filed against, and how that affects the result:

  • “Who is at Fault?” – As an experienced personal injury lawyer in Encino, Mr. Hassanlou knows that, as is the case with ride-sharing apps, the person involved in the accident may not always be the party legally at fault. Additionally, it may be a different entity entirely that pays the damages. Often, notes Mr. Hassanlou, the insurance company is going to be the one to pay damages to the victim or their families. This means that it will be the highly paid lawyers of the insurance company fighting in court, so it is important that plaintiffs hire an equally experienced lawyer who can go head to head with the opposing counsel.
  • “When is it Right to Settle?” – It is the job of the car accident lawyer in Los Angeles or elsewhere to get the best possible outcome for their client. While sometimes this means taking the case to trial, other times it means knowing exactly when is the right time to settle the matter out of court. Companies are more likely to settle when the law is clearly against them, notes Mr. Hassanlou, but those are also the cases in which lawyers can more easily achieve a victory in court. Often the decision of whether to settle or not comes down to the Plaintiff’s aversion to a lengthy case.

Anyone needing a personal injury lawyer for an injury resulting from a car accident, or a variety of other injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence, can call the Law Offices of Raymond R. Hassanlou at 818-945-0640 or visit them online at http://www.hassanloulaw.com.

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