If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver, you may be eligible for compensation. You may have been a passenger in the Uber vehicle or another driver or passenger whose car is struck by an Uber driver. Whatever the case may be, you could qualify to seek an accident settlement from Uber or the driver for your injuries and other accident-related losses.
You likely will have many questions about your legal rights following an Uber accident. For example, you may wonder who is responsible for the costs of your injuries, what kind of damages are available, and how quickly you can reach a settlement. We can offer answers to these and other questions when you contact our law firm for support.
Filing a case after a rideshare accident
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, our legal team can help build and file a personal injury case against the responsible parties. After reviewing the case in a complimentary consultation, we can take steps to prepare a claim or lawsuit for your financial recovery.
In some instances, Uber accidents can be fatal. If you lost a loved one to a rideshare accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death action against the parties who are liable for the accident. Our team is available to assist in these cases, as well.
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Responsible parties in Uber accident cases
Various parties may be involved in an Uber accident case. For example, you may be able to pursue a claim against the driver’s personal insurance company or under Uber’s liability policy. You also may have claims against third-party drivers if they contributed to the cause of the accident.
Figuring out which party should be liable for your claim can be challenging. Uber has an insurance policy in the amount of $1 million to cover its drivers who cause accidents under certain circumstances. In addition, Uber drivers must have personal liability policies, which may also be available for coverage of your injuries and losses, depending on the situation.
If the driver was online and available for Uber rides but had not received a trip request, then you would first look to their personal policy for coverage. On the other hand, if the driver had already accepted a ride request, then the insurance policy for Uber should provide coverage.
Available damages in rideshare accident cases
The damages available in Uber accident settlements often depend on the severity and permanency of the injuries. Common damages in car accident cases can include:
- Lost income if you are unable to work, whether temporarily or permanently
- Medical expenses related to treating your injuries
- Modifications to your home or vehicle if needed to accommodate a disability due to your injuries
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
If an Uber accident results in a fatality, surviving family members of the deceased can seek other forms of damages, such as:
- Compensation for funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship and parental guidance
- Final medical expenses for the deceased
- Loss of household income
Duties of your lawyer in an Uber accident case
Handling a personal injury claim on your own after an Uber accident can be challenging, especially when you are still undergoing medical treatment. Enlisting the help of a lawyer can be vital, allowing you to focus your full efforts on recovering and adapting to any permanent impairments that you have developed.
As your law firm, we are prepared to gather and analyze the evidence in the case. We also will document your medical expenses and other losses related to the accident. By collecting this information, we can:
- Determine the most effective approach and legal strategy for handling the case
- Place an approximate value on your damages
- Communicate with insurance companies and other attorneys
- Engage in settlement negotiations with insurance companies
- File a lawsuit if needed to meet any legal deadlines
CC Art. 3492 and CC Art. 2315.2 both provide that you have only one year to file an action in court for financial recovery after an Uber accident, whether it is a personal injury or wrongful death action. As a result, you must meet this deadline to continue pursuing the case, or you may lose the chance to be compensated for your losses.
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We handle cases at no upfront cost
If you hire our firm for your case, you pay us nothing upfront to get started on arranging an Uber accident settlement. Instead, we take the case on contingency, which means you pay us only when you receive compensation from the liable parties.
Contact the offices of Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (337) 777-7777. We will conduct a free case consultation so that you can learn more about the services that we offer. We can also provide answers to any questions you may have about your rights and remedies.