Rideshare companies are companies that use smartphone apps to connect freelance drivers, who use their personal vehicles, to transport passengers to their desired destinations. With hundreds of rideshare vehicles on the road every day, the likelihood that you’ll get into an accident with this type of vehicle is ever-increasing. But getting into an accident in an Uber or Lyft can be even more confusing than an accident with a regular car, and getting compensation for your injuries becomes a bit more complex in these situations.
Riverside and many other cities in America have passed laws requiring rideshare companies to have at least a $1 million insurance policy from their insurance companies. However, it is important to note that the coverage does not take effect until the rideshare driver pushes the button on their smartphone and accepts the ride request. Since rideshare drivers are freelance professionals, who are technically not employed by the rideshare company they drive for, securing compensation for this type of accident is not always a simple task.
With the help of a lawyer, you can file a rideshare injury claim that seeks to award you a settlement for what you have suffered. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or even punitive damages that hold the driver accountable for their negligence. Getting a settlement from the rideshare’s insurance company can take quite some time, so it’s best to pursue compensation with the help of a California rideshare accident lawyer.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible To Get Compensation For My Rideshare Accident?
Since every accident case is different, the only way to know what kind of compensation you’re eligible for is to contact a personal injury lawyer and discuss your accident with them. If the accident was due to the negligence of the rideshare driver, and you suffered injuries as a direct result, you will likely be liable for medical bill compensation. This aims to reimburse expenses such as emergency room visits, doctor’s office co-pays, prescription medication, and physical therapy costs.
If you were injured due to the recklessness of an Uber or Lyft driver, you may need to spend time away from work in order to nurse your injuries. Your attorney will seek to award you compensation for your lost wages, as you shouldn’t have to miss out on money in your paycheck, especially if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Pain and suffering damages are awarded in circumstances where the accident was especially traumatic or dangerous. If you find yourself suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression, or anxiety after a bad rideshare accident, your lawyer will defend you before a judge and assert your right to pain and suffering compensation. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Punitive damages can also be included in your settlement under certain circumstances. Punitive damages are considered punishment and are typically awarded at the court’s discretion when the defendant’s behavior is found to be especially harmful. If your Uber or Lyft driver was driving while intoxicated or distracted, or otherwise was operating their vehicle with depraved indifference to your safety, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages as well.
The only way to know if you are eligible to receive these types of compensation, or any compensation at all, is to contact The Accident Network Law Group as soon as you can after a rideshare accident. The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner they can start compiling evidence that builds your strong rideshare accident case. You have every right to seek multiple types of compensation for what you suffered.
How Much Does It Cost To Talk To A Lawyer About My Rideshare Accident?
Not all California rideshare accident lawyers offer gratuitous services to those in need. At The Accident Network Law Group, it’s free to schedule an initial consultation about your Uber or Lyft accident. In your initial consultation, you can expect to have your questions answered and concerns addressed. Our team of attorneys will ensure you feel confident during every step of the rideshare accident claim process, and will provide you with clear advice for getting justice.
If you choose to file a rideshare accident claim with The Accident Network Law Group, you will pay zero fees unless we win your case. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means if you don’t get a settlement, we do not charge any fees or receive any compensation either. We understand that you may be experiencing financial hardship after an accident, especially if you’re injured and out of work. That’s why calling our team and getting advice comes at no cost to you.
You have no obligation to work with a lawyer after getting in an accident. But you may be at a disadvantage up against the Uber or Lyft’s insurance company without the knowledge of state and local law on your side. Rideshare company insurance providers often try to pay out the least amount of compensation possible so, without the help of a lawyer, it might be hard to recover the maximum dollar amount in your settlement. Scheduling a free consultation with an attorney costs nothing to you, and you will benefit greatly from having advice and insight into how the rideshare claim process works.
Schedule Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation With The Accident Network Law Group Today
If you have suffered a rideshare accident in an Uber or Lyft, you may be wondering what type of compensation you can get. At The Accident Network Law Group, our team of attorneys have plenty of experience defending rideshare accident victims like yourself, and will stop at nothing to earn you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with The Accident Network Law Group, call our law offices at (951) 291-0976 or send us an email at [email protected] We have offices in Costa Mesa and Riverside and our here to help any California accident victim in need of guidance.