National Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Recover the Damages You Deserve from an Accident with Uber or Lyft
Hopping in a rideshare is an easy and convenient way to get from point A to point B. The last situation you want to be in when relying on a rideshare is a car accident, but it does happen. Nearly 1000 daily car accident deaths are due to the increasing number of rideshare vehicles on the road. You might know the term “rideshare” better than Uber or Lyft. Uber vehicles engaged in 97 fatal crashes between 2017 and 2018, and these crashes led to 107 total deaths. This means there is an influx of new injuries and damages on the road, along with the rising popularity of rideshares.
Suppose you were injured in an accident with a rideshare driver, in that case, we recommend connecting with a rideshare accident lawyer like the ones on the team at Casey Law Offices as soon as possible. Insurance coverage for these cases can be complex, but we will fight for your right to get the compensation you deserve.
How We Will Fight Your Rideshare Accident Case
Our team is familiar with the unique circumstances that come along with a rideshare accident. Even though drivers of rideshare companies must undergo background checks and have a clean driving record, they are still prone to getting in accidents the same way anyone on the road might be. That is why rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft offer $1 million in liability insurance, but this liability might change depending on the situation of the accident. The most likely scenario is for your injuries to be covered by the company insurance policy.
Even if your ridesharing driver is at fault and on duty at the time of the accident, it is still possible for the company to attempt to fight the claim or deny liability. For example, the company will deny any claims if the driver did not have a fare. This means that to win this case and get you the compensation you deserve, we need to prove that the driver was technically available for rides at the time of the accident.
At the scene of an accident, your top priority should be to take care of any injuries and address your safety. If you can, it will also be helpful to exchange contact information with the driver and take pictures of the scene. This will help us later when we are working to prove that the driver was available for rides at the time of the accident and that they were at fault. In addition, the team at Casey Law Offices, S.C. will work to make sure you are not taken advantage of and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The Compensation You Might Be Entitled to in a Rideshare Accident
Another critical aspect of these cases is understanding what damages you might be entitled to in the first place. When we talk about damages, we are referring to compensation for losses suffered by a plaintiff. Damages are paid by the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company.
In these cases, the ultimate financial responsibility is not always cut-and-dry. Regardless of the specifics of your case, the compensation you receive when the case settles is what we consider “damages.” Typically, if you are in a rideshare accident, the damages done do not pertain to your specific vehicle, but there are still areas where you might need coverage. Some of the most common types of damages we can help you recover include:
- Past and future medical care
As a plaintiff, if you win or settle your rideshare accident case, the damages will include compensation for any medical treatment you received because of the accident and any medical care you will need in the future. If you are not entirely aware of the extent of the injuries, it might not be in your best interest to accept an injury settlement offer. With an injury settlement offer, you will not be able to reopen your claim even if your injuries are worse than you might have predicted.
- Lost income and loss of earning capacity
Suppose the injuries you sustained in an accident forced you to take time off work or have affected your ability to earn money. In that case, the economic damage will also factor into the damages you can receive. You might be entitled to compensation for any income you might have already lost, and for any income, you would have earned in the future due to your injuries.
- “Pain and suffering” in a rideshare passenger case
Economic losses like medical bills and lost income are usually simple to calculate, but it can be a bit more complex to calculate “pain and suffering.” However, your pain and suffering should not be taken lightly, and this is an aspect of your case we can tie into your compensation, especially if injuries from the crash are severe. There are typically two main types of pain and suffering: physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. Physical pain and suffering refer to the discomfort resulting from your injuries or treatment for your injuries. Mental pain and suffering refer to the mental anguish, emotional distress, and other negative emotional impacts that the wreck might have caused.
When we file for a rideshare accident case, we will be asking the defendant to compensate you for your damages. When you work with a rideshare accident lawyer, we will be able to present your case in a way that helps guarantee you every bit of compensation you deserve.
If you have been in a rideshare accident, do not wait to contact an attorney! Call Casey Law Offices, S.C. at (414) 272-5564 or contact us online to find out what to do next.