After an accident with a rideshare vehicle like Uber or Lyft, you might feel overwhelmed with questions. A Gainesville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can handle this complex situation for you while you focus on your recovery. We will sort out the legal issues for you.
We know that you have options, and if you get injured due to another party’s negligence, we can fight relentlessly to pursue all the compensation that you deserve.
The Value of Your Hall County Rideshare Accident Claim
Every car crash injury claim is unique, and we won’t know your claim’s value until we talk to you and investigate your accident and injuries. The monetary value of your case will depend on the facts of your situation. Two people hurt in the same collision could have different settlement values.
Here are some of the categories of damages we have won for our clients:
- Medical expenses. You can usually recover the costs of the medical treatment you needed for your injuries. This category can include the initial emergency care, surgery, physical therapy, pain management, follow-up care, and ongoing procedures.
- Medical equipment. When a person needs crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, or other medical devices because of their accident injuries, the cost of these items can get added to the total value of the injury claim.
- Long-term care. Sometimes, catastrophic wounds like head trauma or spinal cord damage make one unable to live independently. If you need daily assistance with medical treatments or personal care because of your injuries, you should not have to bear the expense of the long-term nursing facility.
- Missed income. Many people are unable to work, at least temporarily, after getting hurt in a collision. If you missed paychecks because of your injuries, you can add your lost wages, salary, self-employment, or other regular income to your compensation claim.
- Pain and suffering. This category addresses the physical discomfort, emotional anguish, and inconvenience you endured because of the crash and your injuries.
- Intangible damages. Some losses do not fit neatly into any of the topics we already covered. Some of these include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disfigurement from significant scars, and loss of enjoyment of life. It is possible to go after damages for these items.
We might be able to seek additional compensation for legal beneficiaries if your close relative passed away from their accident injuries.
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Uber and Lyft Insurance Policies and When They Go Into Effect
Lyft and Uber carry liability insurance policies that provide coverage for people who get hurt in rideshare accidents.
Here is a quick overview of when Lyft’s insurance takes effect:
- When the Lyft driver’s app is off, the driver’s personal auto insurance policy applies.
- When the app is on and the driver is waiting for a ride request: Lyft’s third-party liability insurance in the amount of $50,000 per person for bodily injury; $100,000 per accident for bodily injury; and $25,000 per accident for property damage apply.
- When the app is on and an accident happens during a ride or when the driver is picking up passengers: Lyft provides $1,000,000 in third-party auto liability coverage; Uninsured/underinsured motorist for bodily injury, and contingent comprehensive and collision coverage up to the value of the vehicle, with a $2,500 deductible.
When Uber’s coverage applies:
- Drivers must carry at least the minimum liability insurance coverage required by state law. Uber’s insurance does not apply when the app is off.
- When the app is on and the driver is waiting for a ride request: Uber’s third-party liability insurance in the amount of $50,000 per person for bodily injury; $100,000 per accident for bodily injury; and $25,000 per accident for property damage apply for accidents.
- Uber provides the same level of insurance coverage as Lyft does for accidents that happen when the app is on and the driver is en route to pick up riders or during the trip.
State or city insurance requirements could modify the coverage terms.
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When You Can Sue the Driver in a Lyft or Uber Collision
You can sue the Uber or Lyft driver if that person’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash. Examples of negligence in this situation can include:
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs
- Reckless driving
- Running a stop sign or traffic light
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Inattentive or distracted driving
We can look for careless conduct by the rideshare driver and others when we explore the facts of your case.
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When You Can Sue Lyft or Uber After a Crash
The rideshare company could be responsible, at least in part, if they were negligent in a way that led to the collision. Uber or Lyft might be liable if they:
- Did not run a background check before hiring a driver whose driving record contains a history of convictions for reckless driving, speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or other unsafe actions.
- Failed to take appropriate action toward a driver who gets convicted of traffic violations after becoming a driver for the rideshare company.
- Ignored complaints about the driver from previous riders concerning conduct relevant to your accident.
These are but a few examples of the many circumstances where the rideshare company could face liability. While it is possible to sue a rideshare company, it can be difficult. Our lawyers’ help can benefit you if you wish to sue Uber or Lyft.
Your Lawyer Can Tackle Your Entire Case While You Recover
You can bet that the driver’s insurance company and the liability carrier for the rideshare company will be aggressive in defending against your injury claim. You do not want to have to deal with all these parties alone. We will represent you and advocate for you.
Our Legal Services are Affordable for Everyone
We work on claims and lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we do not charge you upfront legal fees. We wait until the end of the case when our legal fees come out of your settlement or jury award.
Because of this arrangement, there are no financial risks. If you don’t get paid, neither do we.
What Happens When You Miss the Filing Deadline for Your Gainesville Rideshare Accident Case
Every state places a limit, called the statute of limitations, on the amount of time you have to file lawsuits. Car accident injury cases fall under the personal injury statute of limitations, O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. This statute generally gives you two years to take legal action against the at-fault party.
If your loved one passed away from crash-related injuries, the same statute applies, limiting you to two years to file the wrongful death lawsuit. In personal injury and wrongful death cases, if you miss the filing deadline, the law will forever bar you from seeking compensation for your losses.
Call Us for a Free Consultation Today
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we help people who get hurt because of the carelessness of others. We are happy to offer free initial consultations with no obligation. We have secured million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients like you and want to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
We want to get to work right away so you can get your life back. Give us a call today at (404) 888-8888 to find out how we can help.