As part of his Legal Beagle podcast, Jonathan Negretti talks about the culture of Negretti & Associates and highlights the contributions made by the great team of people who comprise Negretti & Associates.
This is the second in a series of articles designed to help new and prospective clients become acquainted with Negretti & Associates. We offer this “peek behind the curtain” to showcase the inner workings of our firm — who we are, how we work, and what we believe in. Last week, we covered the three core values that are the foundation of what we do. Other articles in this series explore the types of cases that we handle and the states in which we practice law; and how we charge for representation and what our tagline “Simplifying Personal Injury” means.
By Jonathan Negretti
The people of Negretti & Associates are the reason why we’re successful in the practice of law. I have surrounded myself with terrific human beings. Not only are they very smart and capable at what they do, but they’re people who I can call friends beyond the boundaries of the law firm.
It’s unique to have a work environment where the people that you work with are fun to be around, and that feeling goes beyond the work that we do together. That is the common bond that brings us together, and we share a care and concern for one another.
To illustrate, I’d like to tell you a quick story.
In the early part of 2020, when everything started to shut down due to COVID-19, and the business that we were used to seeing was starting to contract, our staff rallied together. Rather than furloughing people temporarily, or possibly lay people off, we decided as a team that we would all take pay cuts, so that everyone could remain on staff. This was the consensus among all of our employees. There wasn’t one person who didn’t agree with that idea. This was such a great example of the way that our staff members view one another.
Our culture is a key reason why our staff turnover has been minimal over the past seven-and-a-half-years. In fact, we currently don’t have anyone on staff who has been with us for fewer than two years. To me, this reflects that we not only really enjoy our work, but we enjoy who we work with.
With that said, I’d like to profile each employee on our staff: how they became involved with Negretti & Associates, and the talents and skills that they bring to the firm.
Dylan McGurk is our lead litigation attorney. Dylan joined our firm about two years ago. He is beyond talented. He is smart. He is compassionate. And he is a really good attorney.
I had the pleasure of going to law school with Dylan. We met early in law school, and we’ve remained friends ever since. Although he went on his own journey after school and I went on mine, we eventually linked up and began to work together.
It’s just such a joy to spend time with Dylan — to watch him with clients and opposing attorneys alike, and see the way he works to try to get cases resolved. It’s really fun to witness.
Kaivan Mangouri probably has had the longest active role as an attorney with our firm. He joined us about five years ago, and he didn’t come to us with personal injury experience. Rather, he worked in different areas of estate planning and provided document review.
I remember I first meeting Kaivan. He was very inquisitive, asking lots of questions about what we were going to be doing if he joined us. He has never lost this inquisitive quality. He can dig and find information that the rest of the world just isn’t capable of finding. Yet, at the same time, Kaivan is incredible for seeing the big picture. Kaivan is an great attorney in the sense that he cares about the clients that he gets to work with, but he also cares about the other attorneys at the firm. He’s really always willing to help them.
In his role, Kaivan does things like mock depositions with clients to prepare them for their actual depositions. He understands the medical side of cases, and he has become so proficient at personal injury that he might know more about this area of law than I even do! That’s pretty impressive from someone who didn’t start in this area of practice right out of law school.
Carissa Dixon joined Negretti & Associates more than five years ago — but not as an attorney. Actually, she started out with us as a law clerk. She was in California, where we have an office, so it made sense to have her join us there. Carissa worked part-time with us for quite a while, and later became a case manager. She had been an attorney in Maryland, but she wasn’t licensed in one of the three states that we practice in: California, Arizona, and Colorado.
Eventually, Carissa approached me and said, “Look, I’d like to get licensed in Arizona. That’s where our corporate office is. I’ll even sit for the bar exam if I need to.” At first, she applied to be licensed in Arizona thinking that her number of years of practice would allow her to be admitted through a paper application. Unfortunately, the State Bar of Arizona said no, that if she wanted to practice in Arizona, she would need to sit and take the bar exam in Arizona. During her pregnancy, she studied for the bar exam. When exam time came, she flew out to Arizona with her newborn, and passed the bar exam. So, she’s our newly minted attorney at Negretti & Associates!
Carissa is fantastic at what she does. She brings a completely different perspective on client interaction. Because she has had experience working on the defense side, she understands some of those dynamics, and how that might interplay with the work that we do. She is just a terrific human being, overall.
Now, I’d like to pivot and introduce you to our support staff: the people that help us to get cases focused, positioned, and ultimately resolved.
When I discuss our support staff, the person I have to start out with is Aaray McKeen, our firm manager. She is who we call “Mama Bear” at the firm. We’re all her cubs! She is very protective, caring, and nurturing for everyone at the firm.
Aaray’s story is pretty incredible. She started out as a part-time administrative assistant with us years ago. As her role evolved, she continued to get promotions year after year, until eventually everyone recognized her importance to the firm. The work that she does is so much more than just focused in one area of our practice. Eventually, she was promoted to firm manager. Essentially, she runs the firm today.
Aaray does everything behind the scenes that people normally wouldn’t see on the client-facing side of things. She’s very involved with our clients. In fact, I don’t think there is one client at the firm that doesn’t know who Aaray is. That’s done by design. At one point, she was solely working with clients as a client coordinator, and just really making sure clients were well taken care of. She has never lost that passion and ability.
Now, she manages not only all the employees, but really everything under the umbrella of Negretti & Associates. She is a key part of what we do, and it’s been amazing to watch her progression of the last few years.
As our firm paralegal, Stephanie Kilner is my “Day One.” When I graduated law school, I started our firm right away — right out of law school — with a dear friend, Brian Holmes. Brian and I practiced in all different areas of law, and I naturally gravitated to personal injury. That’s all I wanted to do. We realized we were getting busier and busier, and we needed to bring on a paralegal. We were fortunate to find Stephanie and bring her on. We had a normal office environment. We all worked in an office together.
When Brian and I split — because there was another opportunity that Brian couldn’t pass up and, frankly, all I wanted to do was personal injury, so it worked out well for both of us — I went to a remote environment. It was the only way to make the firm survive, so I asked Stephanie to join me. It was my Jerry Maguire moment. (I didn’t have a goldfish, so I didn’t pick up a goldfish!) I was worried that Stephanie would say no, because she would have to work from home. Some people just like going to an office. But she responded, “Absolutely, I’ll come with you.” So, from our first day as Negretti & Associates, she’s been by my side every step of the way.
Stephanie has been a key component of what we’ve done and the growth that we’ve seen over the last seven-and-a-half years. Considering how it was just the two of us originally, it’s been fun to watch Stephanie’s family grow, watching her grow personally, and becoming her a friend and a colleague alongside all the people who have joined Negretti & Associates.
Carissa Johnson has got a really great story, which we have featured in a blog post and podcast before. She’s been featured internationally because of her work in the fitness community. Yet, she also suffered a really horrifying accident, and fought her way back. I would urge you to kind of read a little bit more about her story, just because it is so unique.
There’s actually two people on our staff named Carissa — which is very odd, since Carissa is not a very common name! Thankfully, Carissa Johnson agreed to allow us to call her by her initials: CJ.
Carissa works in Colorado, and is a really smart part of our staff. She originally started as an administrative assistant. Over time, she promoted to a law clerk. Today, she has a lot more interaction with clients, providing a lot of tangible case work — writing drafts and getting cases where they need to go. She really smart and amazing human being. And she’s got a terrific husband and beautiful kids.
This takes us to Rosalva Loza — or “Rolo,” as we call her. Rolo has been with us for a few years, and she’s probably the funniest person on our staff. She is always willing to crack a joke. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, and certainly doesn’t take anything we do too seriously, with the caveat that we understand we’re dealing with really serious things at times. She always is willing to keep things light when people are extremely stressed out. She is really, really engaging, and easy to talk to. Because she is bilingual, Rolo is the go-to contact for our Spanish-speaking clients.
Last, but certainly not least important, Wendi Bravman is our client coordinator. Wendy started with us just doing intake work — handling new cases, getting information from potential clients and talking with them about their cases, and then bringing that information to one of the attorneys to talk about, whether it was a case that we could help with.
Wendi has since been promoted to client coordinator, and she works in a role that Aaray once had years ago. Wendi remains very focused on intakes to this day, but does so much more than that. She’s one of those people who is always willing to raise her hand and say: “How can I help? How can I help with different aspects of the firm, whether it’s obtaining medical records, managing social media, or being more involved in the work that we do?” Wendi is always willing to support others and give others her admiration. It’s unique to have someone like that on the staff who really does care about everyone else, and really does want to see them do well.
If you have questions about your personal injury case, give Negretti & Associates a call. We’ll talk through your questions and make sure you walk away fully informed. For a free consultation with our legal team, contact us online, call us at 1-833-827-3535, or send us a text.
In his Legal Beagle podcast, Jonathan Negretti talks about the three core beliefs of Negretti & Associates: No Pressure, Honest Evaluations, and Giving Back. Watch now to get the true meaning behind these words.
This is the first in a series of articles designed to help new and prospective clients become acquainted with Negretti & Associates. We offer this “peek behind the curtain” to showcase the inner workings of our firm — who we are, how we work, and what we believe in. Other articles in this series explore our staff’s unique personalities and talents; the types of cases that we handle and the states in which we practice law; and how we charge for representation and what our tagline “Simplifying Personal Injury” means.
By Jonathan Negretti
At Negretti & Associates, there are three tenets, or beliefs, that we stand for each and every day — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These are: No Pressure, Honest Evaluations, and Giving Back. Collectively, these are our core values.
When I started to do more personal injury work, I quickly realized how highly competitive this area of law can be. There are a lot of law firms. You hear them on TV. You see them on billboards, light-rail trains, and buses. There are a lot of people out there doing this work, and a lot of them are very good attorneys. The fact that they advertise or market their services takes nothing away from them or their work. However, because there are so many people doing this work, the search for new cases is highly competitive. It has also become high-pressure. Clients are encouraged to sign immediately with the first law firm they talk to. This didn’t feel right to me.
If I were injured and looking for representation, I’d want someone to talk to me like a human being. I’d want to have a conversation, and I’d want to feel like I have the opportunity to reflect upon what was said, talk to my loved ones, and then decide what’s best for me. I wouldn’t want to be put in a situation where I’d feel pressured — like a customer at a used car lot, where if I didn’t buy the car now, it would soon be gone. That’s just not the way that the legal profession works, and it’s definitely not the way that I think personal injury law should work.
For this reason, at Negretti & Associates we have a no-pressure environment. If you’d like to talk to us about your case? Great! And if you’d want advice? Awesome! We’re happy to help!
When you talk with us, you won’t be pressured into signing with us. We’ll tell you about what we charge. (We explain this on our website, too, and we’ll talk about that in a future podcast and blog post. Talking about fees is kind of a taboo in our profession.) We’ll share with you our thoughts about your particular situation, and then we’ll tell you to take time to think about our conversation.
If you want to hire us because you think we’re the right folks to be representing you, then great. We want this to be a marriage, in a way — a partnership where you’re just as committed to what we’re doing as we are to what you’re doing. That’s the only way this works.
So, no pressure!
If Negretti & Associates can’t benefit your situation, then we don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction. There are many law firms that will take cases regardless of client fit, and the law firm will be the only party to benefit in the case. In such instances, the client won’t receive anything. But that’s never stated up front, or even discussed. Many law firms will gobble up a bunch of cases, to the detriment of the clients they represent.
We don’t do that. When we look at a case, we’ll tell you, in all honestly, whether we think there’s something that we can do. We’ll see if we can help you — and we’ll want to help you.
We handle a wide variety of personal injury claims. Personal injury is a big category of cases, spanning dog bites, automobile accidents, product liability (for example, airbags and fuel tanks that explode), medical malpractice, diminished value claims, electric scooter accidents, slips and falls, and more. We take on all of these types of cases. But, in order to perform well, we need to be honest with every client that we represent. We don’t take cases where we don’t think that we can benefit people.
We try to be a resource. We share lots of information with people. In the event that we can’t help prospective clients, we at least equip them with information they can take and move forward.
We don’t reject cases because of size. We don’t turn down clients because their case isn’t worth enough to us. We say, “Look, if we can’t provide a benefit to, and you can’t see a benefit, then there’s no reason you should be hiring us.” Honesty is the best policy.
Negretti & Associates has a charitable arm, called Negretti & Associates Making a Difference. Every year, we donate thousands of dollars to charities, both local and national. We partner with a different charity every quarter.
It’s really important to us as a firm to support these charities and do more than just write a check. While the money that we offer to these charities is incredibly important to them, so is the tangible work that we do. For example, we’ve had a partnership with a food bank, where we provided in-person volunteer work — filling bags of food, which we also delivered.
When a case reaches a conclusion, we offer our client the option to donate a certain portion of the settlement proceeds to the charity that we’ve partnered with during that particular quarter. When the client chooses to do give, we match the donation 100 percent.
After all, if the client is willing to forego some of the money that really was secured to make them whole — to put them back in the position they were before the personal injury — then we feel it’s only right that we match that. We’ll take some of the fees that we receive as the law firm and give those back to a charity.
While I do a lot of philanthropic work on my own, the Giving Back aspect of Negretti & Associates has been very important to us from the beginning. Over time, our charity mission has exploded. It continues to evolve and become even better each and every day.
If you have questions about your personal injury case, give Negretti & Associates a call. We’ll talk through your questions and make sure you walk away fully informed. For a free consultation with our legal team, contact us online, call us at 1-833-827-3535, or send us a text.
On August 24, 2019, Clayton Trovillion suffered life-threatening injuries as the result of an automobile accident in Arizona. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away seven days later.
Clayton was an exceptional young man whom Negretti & Associates had the honor of representing in the aftermath of an earlier automobile accident, which he had in September of 2018. During that time, we really got to know Clayton and were inspired by the kind of person he was.
Clayton was an outstanding brother to his three sisters and son to his parents. He excelled academically, having graduated high school in just three and a half years, then going on to attend Arizona State University for both his undergraduate (B.S. in Finance) and graduate (M.S. in Finance) degrees.
Clayton also served his country and community. He was an Army Reservist, and completed multiple tours of duty overseas, earning countless military honors and decorations. On top of all that, Clayton was also an Arizona-certified EMT, and would often donate blood and plasma to those in need.
Clayton loved Arizona and would often enjoy its beauty while hiking and riding his motorcycle throughout the desert. He often expressed desire to go to law school — a goal that we are sure was only thwarted by his premature passing. We were especially excited to follow Clayton on this journey.
In honor of Clayton’s enthusiasm for legal advocacy and higher education, our firm established the Clayton Trovillion Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a current high school or college student seeking to further his or her education. Clayton would be proud to know that he helped encourage others to pursue their dreams.
Those interested in Clayton’s Memorial scholarship can learn how to apply at https://negrettilaw.com/scholarship/.
Through our new scholarship, we hope to assist students who embody Clayton’s impressive qualities and wish to use their skills to make a difference.
Negretti & Associates Principal Jonathan Negretti has been featured as a “Trendsetter to Know” by Arizona Foothills Magazine. The wide-ranging interview touches upon Negretti’s background and inspirations, and also offers a glimpse into his interests beyond the office.
Negretti, who is currently training for the World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days, on seven continents — wakes at 4:15 a.m. to hit the gym. “I typically put in two hours of mobility, strength, and endurance training each day,” he says. “By 8 a.m., I am answering emails and making phone calls.”
Family fuels his drive to succeed. “The one person who motivates me is my wife,” Negretti says. “She has no quit in her. She works out all the time. She has excelled in her career. She takes care of our home and is an amazing cook. She is a great step-mom to our kids and still finds time to make me feel loved. I don’t know how she does it.”
Negretti & Associates is a full-service personal injury law firm with offices in Phoenix, San Diego and Denver.
Just as Phoenix has become a bustling metropolitan city — with new commercial developments, roadways, and residential communities debuting with each day — accidents involving pedestrians and motorists have been on the rise. Since 2010, the number of pedestrians killed by cars in Phoenix has more than doubled.
Tragically, many accidents commonly occur in places where people and vehicles are forced to share limited space — at crosswalks, intersections, light-rail crossings, and parking lots. Far too often, drivers are simply not paying attention to their surroundings.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix, the outcome of your accident can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
Pedestrians have the same right to recover monetary damages as drivers do in auto accidents. Unfortunately, many injured pedestrians are unaware of this, and never receive the compensation that they are entitled to. Without an attorney, they risk being stuck with expensive medical bills and, even worse, life-changing injuries.
The experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
What To Do If You Have Been Hit by a Motorist in Phoenix
Here are some steps to take after you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident:
- Record the names, addresses, insurance information, and license plate numbers of all the vehicles involved.
- Be sure to get the contact information of all witnesses present.
- Photograph and document the scene of the accident and your subsequent injuries.
- Seek immediate medical attention for all of your injuries.
- Do not speak with insurance companies or sign any documents regarding the accident until you have discussed your case with an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney.
How a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help Seek Compensation for Injuries
In Arizona, motorists are responsible for yielding to pedestrians and paying attention to their surroundings. If a driver fails to do either of these two things and causes injury, the injured person will likely be able to bring a claim and collect compensation.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident and can show that the driver was at fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance can cover your medical expenses related to the accident in most cases.
Arizona law requires that all motorists carry auto insurance. The minimum amount of coverage includes the following.
- $15,000 per person for bodily injury or death
- $30,000 per accident if more than two people are involved
- $10,000 for property damage or destruction
These are the minimum requirements laid out by Arizona Revised Statute 28-4009. However, if the driver is not insured, you may could either file a lawsuit or look to your own insurance carrier for compensation.
If you are a pedestrian injured by an uninsured motorist, you may be eligible for compensation through your own insurance provider and your insurance policy. You will want to contact an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney to help you navigate the process. The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to assess the circumstances of your accident and convey options that are available to you.
When an Accident Occurs Outside of a Crosswalk or While Jaywalking
Like all roadway users, pedestrians have a duty to observe and obey traffic laws and control signals. This means, for example, that a pedestrian may not walk alongside highways or step from a sidewalk into traffic without assuming legal responsibility for any subsequent accidents his or her conduct causes.
Pedestrians may typically only cross at marked crosswalks when they receive the go-ahead from the control device. Arizona Revised Statute 28-793 prohibits pedestrians from “jaywalking,” or crossing the roadway where there is not a marked crosswalk or intersection. A pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the roadway, and wait until traffic clears to safely cross.
Should a pedestrian decide to step into traffic without allowing enough time and room for oncoming vehicles to stop, he or she will likely be held responsible for an accident that follows.
Why You Should Choose the Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Negretti & Associates
At Negretti & Associates, we will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured in your accident. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment and for the time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. We will work diligently to maximize your recovery and help you achieve the best possible settlement.
There is no reason for you and your family to go this alone. The experienced accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to fight for you. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to write to us.
This Memorial Day weekend, families across the United States will celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer. For those of us living in Arizona, this monumental three-day weekend means embarking on a spontaneous road trip, grilling by the pool, or lounging on the lake. However, fun activities such as these often mean an increase in accidents over the holiday weekend.
Most people don’t feel like an accident would ever happen to them. Unfortunately, accidents are unpredictable and can happen to anyone.
By taking simple safety precautions, you can decrease the chances of an injury to you or a loved one.
Memorial Day is among the worst days of the year to be on the open road. With 44% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, one cannot be too cautious on such a notoriously celebrated holiday.
You can avoid an alcohol-related accident by:
- Having a designated driver
- Arranging for a place to stay if you don’t have a designated driver
- Calling a cab or an Uber/Lyft
- Make sure your vehicle has been properly maintained
The most popular way to cool off, especially here in Arizona, is a dip in the swimming pool. Even though an afternoon out by the pool is fun, accidents still happen. Hundreds of children have drowned during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Below are some tips to keep you and your youngsters safe:
- Do not run near the pool
- Never leave children unattended
- Have life jackets available
- Keep pools maintained properly
How An Accident Attorney Can Help You
If for whatever reason you find yourself in harm’s way this Memorial Day weekend, there’s no need for you to face the insurance companies alone. At Negretti & Associates, our dedicated accident lawyers are here to help you get back on your feet after your accident.
Your recovery can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced accident lawyer on your side.
An insurance company will try to minimize your injuries to save themselves as much money as possible. Do not go it alone. We will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your current and future medical treatment, property damage, and lost wages.
We will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment. We will also help you collect compensation for time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. Learn more about auto accident cases.
Our team of accident attorneys knows what it takes to win. We promise to fully investigate your claim and make sure you get the recovery you deserve. Please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to email us.
Receiving compensation after an auto accident largely depends on who was at fault. As a result, determining who gets compensation can be complicated when one or more drivers are partially at fault.
An experienced accident lawyer can help you navigate this process and begin the process of determining responsibility. Ultimately, your recovery will depend on what type of fault law the state of the accident has adopted.
Arizona Partial Fault Law Explained
Arizona is a pure comparative fault state. This means that fault can be apportioned to multiple people. Anyone found partially at fault is responsible for paying the relative percentage of damages.
For example, if Driver A is found to be 20% at fault for a car accident, the total compensation available to him will be reduced by 20%.
Now, imagine that Driver A were found to be 80% at fault for a car accident, and the jury awarded Driver A $100,000 in damages. Even though a majority of the fault is placed on Driver A, he may still recover. The $100,0000 award would be reduced by 80%, due to Driver A’s comparative fault. As a result, Driver A would only receive $20,000 of the $100,000 total award.
Due to Arizona’s Partial Fault Law, don’t assume that you won’t be able to recover damages until you speak to an attorney!
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Arizona, you can recover compensatory damages. This includes property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress that results from your auto accident.
How A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
The outcome of your case can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer on your side.
Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely provide fair compensation to accident victims. Insurance adjusters use partial fault to intimidate accident victims into either accepting unfair settlements or not filing a claim at all. Remember, insurance companies will always try to reduce its costs and save money.
Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you. There is no reason for you and your family to go this alone. The experienced accident lawyers at Negretti & Associates regularly handle partial fault accidents in Arizona and can help you successfully navigate this process. Learn more about auto accident cases.
If you were injured in an accident and you were held partially at fault, you may still have a claim to recover just compensation. To learn more about your rights and options moving forward give us a call. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to email us.
From the beginning, Negretti & Associates has wanted to change the way personal injury cases are handled. We have sought to simplify the process and make it easier for our clients to understand what’s happening with their cases.
We explain things in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way. Our thought is that if we deliver information in way that makes sense to our clients, then our clients can make educated decisions about their cases.
There Is No “I” in Team
Representing a client in a personal injury case requires a collaborative effort. We see our clients as teammates and collaborators. Everyone has different responsibilities and no one is more important than anyone else.
When we are hired by a client, we feel like we are being asked to join their team. We want to be the very best teammate that we can be. We use our legal education and experience to provide valuable insight to help our clients. We explain things with plain language and never talk down to our clients. There is no “I” in team.
At Negretti & Associates, our firm has embraced a culture of efficiency and communication. Our team works remotely on a daily basis.
Rather than wasting time commuting, we are answering emails, sending text messages, and making early morning phone calls. We believe this is one of our greatest strengths. We can be available and responsive when others are not.
As a result, we’re able to be nimble where other firms move slowly. Our team members are excited about the work that we do, and this ultimately means that we’re able to focus more on helping our clients.
Why Choose Negretti & Associates?
- We will make your case simple for you.
- We are a people-first personal injury team serving those injured in Arizona, California, and Colorado.
- Not all news is good news, but we promise to be honest and update you in a straightforward fashion, in a way that you will understand.
- We will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
- We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment.
- We will also help you collect compensation for time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries.
- Our team of injury attorneys knows what it takes to win. We promise to fully investigate your claim and make sure you get the recovery you deserve.
Have you been in an accident involving a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft? Were you the passenger? Were you in the other vehicle? What if the driver was on his way to pickup a passenger? Is there insurance coverage in these situations? It depends.
As millions of people use rideshare companies to get around, there is a lack of understanding of what happens and the potential issues arise when being injured due to a rideshare accident involving a driver from a rideshare company. Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have transformed the public transportation industry. Riders love the low cost, the convenience, the choices (luxury vehicle, SUV, fuel efficient vehicle), the overall friendly service and ability to rate their drivers.
When ridesharing companies first started about ten years ago, it was common practice for their drivers to use the driver’s own personal insurance policies for accident coverage. The problem with this practice was that most personal insurance policies did not cover the driver or their passenger(s) if the driver was operating the vehicle for commercial use. This left the victims of these accidents without a source of recovery.
As more serious accident began to occur, such as the death of a California woman while riding in a Lyft vehicle outside of Sacramento in 2014; rideshare companies and their drivers began to be more closely scrutinized by the public. The conversation about who was ultimately responsible for coverage (the driver or the rideshare company) forced changes in the industry.
Ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft now provide their drivers with a $1 million dollar liability policy in the event of an accident. This means that the driver and their passenger(s) may be covered for damages. However, it is not that black and white. The coverage still depends on a variety of factors.
Both Uber and Lyft cover their drivers with a three-part insurance plan, which states:
- Driver Mode Off: If the rideshare driver is not driving for Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, their personal insurance policy will provide liability coverage for accidents caused by the driver. This means the $1 million dollar policy does not apply.
Many insurance companies now offer specific coverage for rideshare. However, it is up to the rideshare driver to look into their personal insurance and add rideshare coverage to their policy. If the driver fails to do so, they could be personally liable if they are involved in an accident.
- Driver Mode On Without a Passenger: If the rideshare driver has the driver mode on and is waiting for a ride request when they are involved in an accident, the driver is covered under both Uber and Lyft’s contingent liability coverage. The contingent liability coverage is used in the event the driver’s personal insurance does not provide coverage or does not provide enough coverage. Lyft’s contingent liability coverage is $50,000.00 per person or $100,000.00 maximum per accident and $30,000.00 for property damage.
However, some states, including California, have created legislation (Assembly Bill 2293) to mandate a higher excess liability coverage when accidents occur during this phase of a rideshare driver’s employment. In 2015, California mandated that third-party liability insurance covering the costs of injury, death, and property damage must be at least $200,000.000.
Additionally, the law clarifies that driver’s personal insurance can no longer cover this time period. It must be covered by the rideshare company. The new regulations have been put into place to prevent ridesharing companies from claiming their insurance policies should not kick in because drivers have personal coverage.
- Driver Mode On With a Passenger: If the rideshare driver has the driver mode on and is driving a passenger at the time of the accident, the driver and the passenger are generally covered by the ridesharing company’s liability coverage. Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million dollar liability coverage policies as well as $1million dollars in uninsured and underinsured coverage.
Rideshare accidents may be complicated, involve multiple insurance companies and need expert investigators.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a rideshare company it is important to contact an attorney at Negretti & Associates for a free consultation.
Negretti & Associates had another incredible turn out for our second Fill-A-Bag party for the Phoenix Rescue Mission on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
A huge thank you goes out to our incredible clients who have shown nothing but love and support donating to our endeavor to help make this world a better place.
We were able to donate 104 bags (1,012 lbs.) of food along with 25 bags (63 lbs.) of dog food to the mission this time.
We also want to thank Kneaders Cafe and Bakery in Scottsdale for letting us come and take over half of their restaurant to fill all of the bags.
From all of us at Negretti & Associates, we thank you!