Some victims in rideshare collisions are unsure how to collect damages or even who to hold responsible. If you were in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft in Laredo, a rideshare accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help identify liable parties, assign a value to your case, and pursue the damages you deserve.
What Damages Can You Receive After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Although Uber and Lyft crashes differ in some respects from other car accidents, the damages you can receive are the same. If someone else’s irresponsible actions led to your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
- Diminished earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
We will consider both economic and non-economic losses when we calculate what fair compensation would look like in your case.
If you lost a loved one to a rideshare accident, you can pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
When Pedestrians are Involved
Rideshare accidents don’t only impact people in vehicles. According to U.S. News and World Report, crashes have increased at Uber and Lyft pick-up and drop-off locations, putting pedestrians at risk for injuries. Distracted driving is a frequently cited culprit since rideshare drivers may be too focused on an app or GPS. Searching for passenger prospects or drop-off locations can be dangerous distractions.
Pedestrian accidents naturally result in more serious injuries. Your compensation should be proportionate to what you have suffered. For example, we can pursue recovery for:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back or spine injuries
- Lost limbs
- Medical equipment
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Funerary costs
- Pain and suffering
If you were a pedestrian injured by an Uber or Lyft, learn more from our team during your free consultation. We provide personalized attention to each case.
For a free legal consultation with a uber and lyft rideshare accidents lawyer serving Laredo, call 800-777-7777
Who is Liable After a Rideshare Crash?
The most challenging aspect of rideshare cases is knowing who to hold responsible. In most cases, the liable party is typically among the following:
- The driver
- The rideshare company
- A third party
When one of our Uber or Lyft rideshare accident lawyers evaluates your Laredo crash, we will investigate several pieces of evidence, including:
- Rideshare driver’s app activity
- Eyewitness accounts
- Photos and video footage
- Equipment or mechanical failures
- Road conditions
- Police reports
- Accident reconstruction
- Expert consultation and testimony
Armed with the information this investigation provides, we can establish a clearer picture of the negligent action that led to the crash and who was at fault. From there, we can determine who to hold liable.
When Rideshare Companies Avoid Responsibility
Much like crashes with commercial trucking companies or professional transportation services, rideshare collisions involve a parent company. In some cases, that means we can pursue compensation from the company’s insurance provider on your behalf.
However, unlike trucks or taxis, Lyft and Uber do not technically employ their drivers, and their insurance coverage may have loopholes that help them avoid liability. Whether we pursue the rideshare company or the driver depends on if the driver was:
- Logged into the app
- Waiting for ride requests
- Transporting or en route to pick up a passenger
Both Uber and Lyft do not provide accident insurance for drivers who are not logged into the app. Those who are logged in and waiting for ride requests have some company coverage, and drivers picking up or transporting passengers are usually fully covered, with up to $1 million in third-party liability coverage.
Even then, these companies try their hardest to avoid liability, characterizing themselves as akin to matchmaking services rather than transportation services, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If a rideshare company is trying to avoid responsibility, a lawyer with Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help hold them accountable.
When You Must Pursue the Driver Directly
If the rideshare company avoids liability, you can pursue the driver’s personal insurance for damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies also have tactics to avoid liability for rideshare accidents—some policies do not cover crashes that occur when the driver is conducting business, like working for a rideshare.
We can help with:
- Assigning a value to your case
- Understanding insurance agreements and loopholes
- Reviewing and negotiating settlement offers
- Speaking with insurance adjusters and lawyers
- Researching the driver’s background
- Investigating other negligent parties
When Another Third Party is Responsible
We can also determine if another third party played a role in your accident. For instance, a road defect could have contributed, leaving a municipality liable. Likewise, car design or maintenance issues can influence a crash.
Another driver may even have been involved. We investigate these avenues to potentially recover compensation from more than one party.
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Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
If you do have to bring an Uber or Lyft driver or a third party to court, you do not have an unlimited amount of time to do so. For both personal injury and wrongful death, you have two years to file a lawsuit to receive those damages, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
If you miss these deadlines, you may see your case dismissed by the court. We can help you abide by the statute of limitations to protect your rights to pursue compensation. Negotiations with insurers can take time, though, so call as soon as possible.
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If you are unsure of who you can hold liable for your injuries and how much your case may be worth, you can discuss your accident during a free consultation with our team. We can help you determine your legal options, and there is no obligation to hire one of our lawyers.
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The Strong Arm Can Support Your Rideshare Case
The Loncar Lyon Jenkins team always prepares to take a case all the way to trial if necessary. We serve accident victims and their loved ones by offering personalized attention, keeping them updated on the status of their cases.
While you rest and recover from your injuries, let our team get to work on your case and protect your right to pursue compensation. Call our office today at (800) 777-7777.