Millions of people globally use rideshare services to get around. While most trips go without any issues, there are times when Ubers or Lyfts get into accidents. If you were involved in an auto wreck as an Uber or Lyft passenger, you have a right to pursue financial compensation.
You may wonder what happens when you get into an Uber or Lyft accident, as getting started on your claim can be confusing. Fortunately, our Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyers in Marietta can help. Let the legal experts provide a case evaluation with a free consultation.
Who Exactly Can I Hold Liable for My Damages?
Rideshare accidents can be a little trickier than typical car crashes. Depending on the context of your accident, you can hold several different parties liable for your damages.
The Rideshare Company
You can hold Uber and Lyft responsible for your damages. They will often try to downplay their involvement and shift the blame onto the driver or other factors. While that may be the case, there are also times where Uber and Lyft must shoulder the responsibility.
For example, if they had lousy hiring practices and hired a bad driver, they could be found responsible for an accident.
The Rideshare Driver
Your driver is responsible for your safety regardless of whether he is on or off the clock. If the driver is intoxicated, willfully negligent, blatantly disregards traffic laws, or acts erratically while driving, those are all grounds for you to file a claim against them.
Other Negligent Drivers on the Road
If another negligent driver on the road causes your accident, you can still sue them for financial compensation even if you weren’t the driver. When you file your claim, you will be going against the negligent driver’s insurance company to recover a settlement.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover After a Rideshare Accident?
Whether you sustained injuries as an Uber or Lyft passenger, you can recover compensation for several damages caused by a rideshare accident.
An accident can put you out of work or unable to work for an extended period of time. While you recover from your injuries, you still have bills to pay and other financial obligations. Our attorneys will ensure that you get your lost wages reimbursed so you can continue to make ends meet.
Medical treatment isn’t cheap in Georgia, and you’ll want protection from high medical costs. For example, if you’re uninsured, a broken bone can cost several thousands of dollars to fix. Even with insurance, you’re still looking at lots of medical costs. This is especially true if you’re severely injured and require extensive treatment.
You shouldn’t have to go into the hole financially just to get the quality medical help you need. Our rideshare accident lawyers will make sure that all of your medical expenses get accounted for in your settlement.
Pain and Suffering
You can endure pain and suffering, as well as other non-economic damages such as:
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Disability and disfigurement
Money can’t solve all your issues, but it can help you go through the recovery process faster. Your pain and suffering is worth more than you may think. We use various formulas and take into account the extent of your non-economic damages and factor them into your final settlement total.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim for My Rideshare Accident?
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 9-3-33, injuries to the person after a car accident only have two years before the statute of limitations expires. Two years isn’t a long time and can pass by very quickly. While you don’t have to rush into filing your claim, you should begin building a solid case as soon as possible.
Never Accept the Initial Settlement Offer
Large businesses like insurance companies, Uber, or Lyft will always try to downplay your accident to avoid responsibility. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible for your damages. While their initial settlement offer may seem tempting, never accept it. Instead, talk to a lawyer to help you fight for the maximum amount of compensation available for your case.
Talk to Our Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Marietta Today
With no upfront fees and no risk to you, you can come in and get a free consultation for your rideshare accident in Marietta. We don’t accept any payment unless we win compensation for you. To learn more about how we can help you get started with your claim, please give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are available 24/7 to assist.