Ridesharing has become a popular riding experience since Uber started in 2009 (Lyft joined later in 2015). The city of El Paso is full of people who are always on the go, making the two a popular means of transport in the city. Uber and Lyft drivers have a responsibility to exercise a certain level of care while driving. Just like other road users, they have to obey traffic rules.
If you were injured in an accident involving Uber and Lyft, you may feel lost as to how to file an injury claim. You may be wondering whether the driver will be responsible—or the rideshare company. Do not worry, an El Paso uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help. Our team will ask you pertinent legal questions, listen carefully to your story, then establish the next steps to help you.
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What to Do When Involved in an Uber or Lyft Accident
Anyone who is involved in an accident should call the police if injuries occurred or there are large amounts of property damage. The police will come to make a formal report that will be used later as a record for the accident. Ensure you take as many photos as you can, the model of the vehicle, the name of the driver, and the license number plate. Do not forget to take note of eyewitnesses. Take note of the condition of the driver—whether they were drunk, driving carelessly, or fatigued. Visit a doctor as soon as you can.
Consult a lawyer before talking to the insurance company. Our team of lawyers will help you identify the rights you may not know about.
Who to Pursue for Compensation
Rideshare companies have carefully classified their drivers as independent contractors. This means the companies will not assume responsibility if the driver has no insurance. For instance, if the driver was drunk, the company may not suffer any liability. Uber and Lyft do not provide additional coverage to the driver’s auto insurance policies.
Uber and Lyft ridesharing is still new and the legal system is still figuring out how to deal with cases involving these forms of transportation. There is uncertainty as to what happens in such types of lawsuits. It is complicated to name either Uber or Lyft as the defendant in such a lawsuit. You may wonder whether you could sue the company or the driver. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we will advise you regarding the legal process and represent your interest to obtain fair compensation.
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Injuries You May Have Suffered in Your Uber and Lyft Accident
Uber and Lyft accidents can result in awful injuries or fatalities. We can help you pursue damages if you suffered any of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Chipped teeth
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Organ failure
If you suffered a different kind of injury (or lost a loved one), we can still help you.
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Legal Damages to Victims of Uber and Lyft Accidents
Just like other personal accident injuries, if the driver is criminally at fault, you may be entitled to financial damages and losses (which may include):
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of medical bills
- Cost of prescriptions
- Cost of physical and psychological therapy
- Loss of wages and bonus
- Wrongful death in the case of fatalities
These types of damages are considered by the law to be restorative and thus are not considered income by taxation authorities.
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How an El Paso Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer Lawyer Can Help
We will double-check the police report because it is vital for building your case. It is important to promptly file a report noting that there were injuries—even if the police did not arrive on the scene.
Another way your lawyer helps you is by checking your medical records and ensuring their accuracy. We make sure the records are correct, otherwise, it could jeopardize your legal case. You do not need to agree to a settlement with an insurance company immediately, either. We may be able to negotiate for a fairer settlement.
A lawyer can help you. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is dedicated to your legal rights. We get to work without an upfront charge to our clients. Call us at 800-777-7777 for a no-cost consultation about your legal options.
Reasons to Work Quickly
Pursuing a claim for an injury needs action. There are a number of reasons to take action on the sooner side, but primarily evidence collection is an urgent task. There could be an adversarial party collecting evidence from the scene for themselves. If you do not collect all the evidence, you could be leaving your legal opportunities behind. Your lawyer will be able to get to work on urgent evidence collection immediately while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Another reason people work quickly after an accident is that the state of Texas has a two year limit on how long someone could file a lawsuit. According to the per Texas Practice & Remedies § 16.003(a), an injured person has 24 months to file a lawsuit.
One other important call to make is to the insurance company, but you do not need to go into details about the accident. This is an important conversation to have before you are able to start any lawsuit later on in good faith. However, your lawyer can have it in your place. This can help you avoid tactics that the insurance company may use to frame you as liable.
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How Uber and Lyft Accidents Are Different from Other Accidents
Uber and Lyft accidents differ from other car accidents for a number of reasons. There are multiple insurance companies involved—your insurance company, the driver’s insurance company, and the ridesharing company. There may be other insurance issues that you may not be able to figure out. An El Paso Uber and Lyft accident lawyer can guide you through the process.
The injuries you sustain from the accident may not also be apparent. Most insurance companies like settling quickly. You may also want to settle quickly to do away with the bad experience and financial burdens. However, if you settle, you may be leaving money on the table. A lawyer can help you fight for a fair settlement.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we will take your case to court if need be. An El Paso Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer will fight for you while you concentrate on recovering. Call us today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.