Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft continue to increase in popularity because of their convenience and affordability. However, using a rideshare company does provide a risk to passengers. What happens if a driver gets into an accident? Who is responsible for the accident, and who pays for damages?
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers represents clients who have been injured in a rideshare accident as a result of negligence or reckless driving. An Alexandria ridesharing accident lawyer from our firm may be able to help you seek compensation for your losses, whether you were involved in this type of accident as a rideshare passenger or as another driver.
Call (318) 777-7777 to get a free case review from a member of our team.
Uber and Lyft Rideshare Liability Insurance
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft often carry liability insurance to cover passengers, rideshare drivers, and third-party drivers who are involved in an accident. If a driver’s app is turned on and connected, and the driver is on-duty, then these companies are liable for injuries and other damages when accidents occur.
Accordingly, if you were injured as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, your lawsuit will likely go against the rideshare company.
If you were injured as another driver by a rideshare vehicle, the liable party for your lawsuit may depend on if and how the rideshare driver was using the app.
The rideshare company may be liable for your damages if the driver who caused you accident was:
- Logged-on to the app and waiting for a ride
- Had accepted a ride and was driving the pickup a customer
- Was transporting a passenger at the time of the accident
However, if the driver was not logged-in or using the app at the time of the accident, they may be liable for your injuries, and you may have to pursue their personal insurance company for your damages.
For a free legal consultation with a ridesharing accident lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
Establishing Liability After a Rideshare Accident
Determining who is at fault after an Uber or Lyft accident can be difficult from a passenger’s point of view. If you were the passenger and you were looking at your phone, talking with friends, or engaged in an activity, you may not have noticed who caused the accident.
An Alexandria ridesharing accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can identify the liable party in your accident when we represent you. We may be able to gather evidence including eyewitness statements, expert testimony, phone records, photos/videos, or clues at the scene to establish fault and liability.
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Available Damages After a Rideshare Accident
The value of your case depends on factors such as who was involved, the circumstance of the event, or the sum of your economic and noneconomic losses. Damages in a rideshare case may include:
The liable party should be liable for paying your medical bills related to the injuries they caused. You may have amassed debt from emergency medical treatment, surgical procedures, recovery room stay, rehabilitation, or long-term medical care. You may also be able to recover the estimated future costs of your medical treatments.
If you were out of work during your recovery, you may have lost thousands of dollars in wages, bonuses, or tips. If you were disabled, you may also be entitled to disability pay or adjusted pay due to diminished earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
One of the types of damages we assess is how the accident impacted your life. You may have suffered from severe physical pain for a period of several weeks. In addition, you may have experienced mental or emotional trauma, loss of companionship, or overall loss of quality of life.
Did you lose a loved one in a rideshare accident? If so, your family may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover your funeral or burial costs, lost household income, or medical costs prior to death.
An Alexandria ridesharing accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can calculate your damages when we represent you. To learn more about our services, call (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You in a Ridesharing Accident Case
Trying to submit a claim and take on the insurance company by yourself can be challenging when you are recovering from your injuries. Whether you were involved in the accident as a driver or a passenger, our law firm is here to help you with your case. We can:
- Investigate the accident
- Establish who is to blame for your injuries
- Manage all aspects of your case throughout the litigation
- Prepare all paperwork and file your claim
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
We provide comprehensive legal services to relieve the stress you may feel in pursuing compensation for your damages.
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Beware of an Early Settlement Offer
The responsible party’s insurance company may offer a quick settlement, hoping that you will accept it. If so, you have the right to reject the offer and negotiate a settlement that accurately reflects your damages. Do not feel intimidated by the insurance company or the rideshare company’s lawyers.
An Alexandria ridesharing accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can handle communications and negotiations with insurance companies when we represent you. We know your rights, understand the legal process, and advocate for your compensation. We can review your case to determine what your claim is worth—not what the insurance company is willing to pay.
If the insurance company rejects your claim, we can take your case to trial.
Hire an Alexandria Ridesharing Accident Lawyer Today
Dealing with corporations as large as Uber or Lyft can be intimidating. However, you do not need to face them alone. An Alexandria ridesharing accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can handle all aspects of your case when we represent you.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action, as Louisiana may impose a one-year time limit on your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit, per Civil Code §3492.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (318) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team.