What happens after an accident in an Uber or Lyft? How do you get compensation for the losses you had when your driver caused the incident? At Rand Spear, our rideshare accident lawyer will work closely with you to uncover what your legal rights are. These are complicated cases, but if someone else caused your losses, you have the right to pursue compensation, and we will help you.
Set up a free consultation with our team as the first step. That will help ensure you have access to the information and guidance you need right now. Do not settle your case until you have a conversation with a car accident attorney.
The Oddities that Make a Rideshare Accident Different
A rideshare company is an organization that typically uses independent contractors to provide rides to and from various destinations. The company does not employ these drivers, which changes the liability risks to those who decide to get in the vehicle. Companies like Uber and Lyft do vet the people they hire, but these individuals do not have commercial training or licenses, and that means they could be putting you and your family at risk.
One of the first things to determine in a case like this is responsibility. You may believe that no matter what happens, you have these big rideshare companies to go after for compensation. That is not always the case. It is somewhat common for the rideshare companies themselves not to be responsible.
Determining If Lyft or Uber Are Responsible for Your Loss
In order for the rideshare company to be responsible and their liability insurance to cover your losses, your trip has to be plugged into their app by the driver. That means the driver has picked you up and turned on the app to share that you are now being transported.
If the driver fails to log that trip or the driver causes an accident before they do this, you may not have the protection of these big company’s liability insurance. In this situation, though, the driver’s liability insurance is likely to cover your losses.
If your trip is logged, that means that you are going up against Uber, Lyft, or the other company’s insurance company. While that means more liability insurance is likely in place, it does not mean getting that compensation will be easy to do.
Determining If Another Driver Is Responsible for the Incident
There are some situations where another driver holds responsibility for the accident. It may be a truck driver that swerved into the rideshare driver’s lane or a passenger vehicle with a drunk driver. In this situation, it is likely to be that driver’s insurance that is responsible for our losses.
In this case, you will need to work with the rideshare driver and company along with your own insurance company to get coverage. You can also trust our team at Rand Spear to help you pursue the responsible party to seek out fair compensation for your losses.
How a Rideshare Accident Attorney Will Help You
If you were in a car accident involving a rideshare driver, whether you are the passenger or another victim, it is often best to have a highly skilled attorney working by your side throughout this process. Experience makes a big difference in these types of incidents, and you can count on our team to be aggressive defenders of your rights. Here are some of the ways we can help you.
Determine Fault in Your Rideshare Accident
Our accident attorneys look at all of the available information and evidence in your case to determine fault. This typically includes:
- Your statement
- The other drivers’ statements
- Witness statements
- Videos from the area
- Police reports
- Accident recreation specialists (if needed)
- Expert witnesses (if needed)
If there is any question about the fault of the incident, we can work with professionals to help prove who is responsible.
Determine Your Losses
After a rideshare accident, your losses may be extensive, especially if the incident left you with serious medical injuries. We will help calculate what those losses are, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Medication costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost time at work
- Loss of mobility
- Loss of limbs or other deformities
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
The losses in your case are more than just your medical bills in most situations. For some families, it includes the loss of life as well. If your loved one died in a rideshare-related accident, put your confidence in our legal team to file a wrongful death claim. Allow us to pursue the compensation owed to you aggressively so that you can focus on healing.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Another factor that makes working with rideshare companies different is their insurance team. These are multi-million companies with very advanced insurance adjusters tasked with minimizing what they pay out. You can count on them working hard to reduce any compensation owed to you.
They may try to claim your injuries are not from the accident or that you are healing. Sometimes, they may delay compensation so long that you become so frustrated you just settle for less than owed. With our attorneys, we can help with:
- Providing a claim to the insurance company
- Answering all medical-related and other questions they ask
- Provide insight into any negotiations they may try to use
- Use case studies and other claims like your own to push for the maximum compensation
- Work hard to address your specific needs, and if they will not settle fairly, we will go to court to do the same
Set Up a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Rideshare Accident
Even if you do not turn to our team, do not settle your case without an attorney to offer guidance and support to you. At Rand Spear, our rideshare accident lawyer is committed to providing exceptional service. We listen, learn, and guide you. We also will work hard to prove you deserve fair compensation for your losses.
Set up a free, no-obligation consultation now as the first step. We are available 24 hours a day to help our clients. If we do not win your case, you owe us nothing. Review our settlements and verdicts today. Demand Rand!