If you or a loved one were hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident caused by someone else, you can recover compensation for injuries you suffered.
The amount of compensation you receive could depends on the ways the accident has impacted your life, such as:
- The extent of your injuries
- Any time you missed from work while in recovery
- Any pain and suffering or emotional anguish the accident caused you
- Whether you lost a loved one in the car accident
Damages You May Recover After an Uber or Lyft Accident
There are many types of compensation you can recover for injuries from an Uber or Lyft accident. The following are some of the most common:
Medical costs are perhaps the most common reason people file personal injury claims following a car accident.
Compensation for damages involving medical bills can pay for costs such as:
- Emergency medical care
- Ongoing treatments
- Physical therapy
- Prescriptions needed for your injuries
You can also receive compensation that takes into account how much these injuries will cost you over time.
Lost Wages During Recovery
More severe injuries, such as head or neck trauma, broken bones, or traumatic brain injuries, may require extensive recovery time.
Recovering damages for lost time at work allows you to receive compensation for any wages and benefits you are losing while in recovery.
Damages for lost wages can also account for any wages you would have made if you had not been injured—if the injury is expected to last long-term or be permanent, such as a physical disability.
Pain and Suffering
While pain from a car accident is often treated during your medical care, “pain and suffering” in legal terms accounts for the mental and emotional impact of an accident.
Wrongful Death Compensation
If you lost a loved one or close family member in an Uber or Lyft accident, you can recover compensation for the injuries they suffered and for your loss.
Wrongful death claims may help pay for the unexpected costs of losing a loved one, like:
- Funeral costs
- Burial expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Spouses, children, parents, and dependents of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
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Factors that Can Affect Your Recoverable Damages
A number of factors can affect the damages you may be able to recover, including:
If You Were at Fault for the Car Accident
It would be rare for you to be at fault in an Uber or Lyft accident as a rider, but this is one theory insurance companies may try to prove in order to reject your claim.
In the state of Louisiana, “fault” in car accidents is assigned a percentage.
This means that any fault you have in an accident can reduce the amount of compensation you receive, according to CC Art. 2323.
If the Uber or Lyft Vehicle Was Not in Motion
According to Uber and Lyft insurance policies, rideshare drivers are covered while vehicles are not in motion if they have picked up a rider or are waiting for a rider.
However, accident coverage is only active while rideshare drivers are transporting a rider and ends when the driver reaches the destination.
You may still be able to recover damages if you were hurt in the rideshare vehicle before it was en route or after it was parked by filing a claim with the rideshare driver’s insurance policy, not Uber or Lyft.
If the Uber or Lyft Driver’s Insurance Company Denies the Claim
Uber and Lyft require drivers to carry insurance policies on their own vehicles which meet minimum state requirements for bodily injury protection and liability coverage.
Uber and Lyft may pay for injuries suffered in rideshare accidents if the driver’s insurance denies the claim.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries After an Uber or Lyft Accident
For many, recovering damages helps to ease financial burdens and additional stress while in recovery after a car accident.
To understand whether you can recover compensation for injuries you suffered in an Uber or Lyft accident, call on the help of a car accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today.
Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now at (337) 777-7777 to get started on your injury claim with a free, no-obligation consultation with our case review team.