Car accidents can happen to anyone. That is why every motorist is required to have a valid insurance cover that can offer victims financial settlements. However, drivers who offer rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft usually have a different insurance policy from regular drivers. To be legally safe, contact a Laplace rideshare accident lawyer.
Is It Worth Having a Car Accident Lawyer?
Accidents are bound to disrupt your everyday life in many ways, such as stripping away your ability to earn wages, draining your finances, and so forth. It is imperative to enlist the services of a lawyer to give yourself ample time to get back on your feet and heal from your injuries.
Here are a few other things a car accident lawyer will do for you:
- Sends all the defendants a letter of representation so that every accident detail is addressed to them and not you
- Request all your medical reports and bills from the hospital, along with crash reports from the police
- Collect any evidence needed by doing things such as visiting the scene of the accident and taking pictures
- Calculate an appropriate settlement figure according to the damages incurred and injuries
- Schedule in-person meetings to update you on the case
- Represent you in court if needed
Laborde Earles injury was great for me they took care of me very fast and professional. If for any reason I need legal help they will be who I use.Client
What Does It Cost To Hire a Lawyer to Represent Me?
Seeing how car accidents can cause severe strain to your finances, we at Laborde Earle’s Personal Injury Lawyers work on a contingency basis. For perspective, you will not have to pay us anything until we settle. Your lawyer will take account of all the costs they have incurred during the settlement, and any other relevant fees, then take it out of your settlement money.
Though it is implausible for you to fail to get a settlement, it is not impossible. In this unfortunate scenario, you will not have to pay our lawyers any money.
I thank God for Digger & David. I don’t know what we would have done if it hadn’t have been for them.Rick Smith | Client
How Long Does a Car Accident Claim Take To Settle?
Since all accidents happen under very different circumstances, there is no way of telling how long your claim will take to settle. However, the sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer after the accident occurs, the less time it will take to settle. Building a solid case takes weeks or even months of preparation. Also, waiting for feedback from the defendants can take some time.
Don’t delay, because you only have one year to file your claim from the time of the accident as per CC Art. 3492.
The reassurance from Digger and his staff gave me that renewed hope that it’s going to be okay down the road.Client
Do You Have To Go to Court for a Car Accident Claim?
No, you do not have to go to court for a car accident claim. Your lawyer will contact the insurance company and try to negotiate with them a fair settlement claim. Often, the insurance company will yield at some point and give you an alternate deal to avoid the haggles of going to court.
If your lawyer and the insurance company fail to come to a settlement deal, they will table the matter in court.
They treated us like no other people would. Whenever we needed something they were there for us. I put my trust in them and I don’t regret it.Client
How Do I Get a Car Accident Report?
There are specific steps you need to take to protect your safety and human rights after an accident. First, you need to contact an ambulance and be examined for any injuries. This step is essential, even if you do not feel hurt. A medical report given by the hospital will go a long way in helping your settlement case.
Next, you will need to contact the police and a lawyer. Both of these parties will interview eyewitnesses, take pictures of the accident scene, note down relevant information such as the names of the individuals involved, and write comprehensive reports.
The report from the police is what is known as a crash accident report. It will help your lawyer defend you.
What Happens if the At-Fault Driver Does Not Have Insurance?
Typically, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is supposed to sort your settlement. However, it becomes tricky if the said driver does not have insurance. You will have to depend on either the insurance coverage given by the rideshare company or your insurance coverage in this case.
Let’s say you were in a rideshare car, and another driver is at fault. You can sue the personal insurance company of the rideshare driver. Sometimes, the insurance company can argue that they do not cover the driver’s passenger if they were using their car for profit.
Your next course of action can be demanding compensation from the rideshare company itself. Most of them usually have a comprehensive insurance cover for their drivers and passengers that only comes into effect if the accident occurs while the driver is on duty.
Lastly, you can ask for a settlement from your insurance company, assuming a rideshare driver is at fault and you were in a different car with its own insurance coverage. The insurance company that covers your car would be liable to compensate you if you had gotten the uninsured motorist cover as an add-on.
How Do I Find a Good Car Accident Lawyer?
At Laborde Earles law firm, we offer a free one-time consultation. So by talking to one of our lawyers, you can quickly determine if we will be an excellent fit for you going forward. Also, our track record is impressive when it comes to cases of the same caliber as yours.
Alternatively, you can contact the state bar registry and confirm a lawyer’s competency and any other information you may need to know.
Has the Law Firm Helped Others In My Situation?
Our firm prides itself in helping personal injury victims recover fair settlements. One of the leading personal injury categories happens to be victims of car accidents involving rideshare service drivers just like you. So if our track record is anything to go by, we are one of your best bets when it comes to getting a fair settlement.
Collectively, our lawyers have managed to recover over $600 million in settlements for our clients. Call us today or fill out our contact form to learn more!