Using Uber, Lyft and other Rideshare Services
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft transform the transportation industry in each city they are permitted to operate in, and New Orleans is no exception. There are many reasons why both residents and visitors to New Orleans would choose Uber or Lyft to get around our city:
- Low price points compared to traditional Taxi or Cab services.
- Faster than taking public transportation such as busses or streetcars.
- Not having to worry about designating a sober driver on a night out.
With these in mind, the ridesharing business has boomed since it came to New Orleans in 2015. However, more drivers on the road means more accidents. Because of this, New Orleans passed regulation requiring Uber and Lyft to cover their drivers from the moment their app is on until the moment their app is off.
Do I Have a Rideshare Accident Case?
Uber and Lyft drivers share the road while they are working as ridesharing drivers. Because of this, there are many different people who may find themselves making a claim against the companies.
- Drivers of Uber or Lyft who were not responsible for the rideshare accident.
- Passengers in Uber or Lyft who were injured while using the rideshare apps.
- Other drivers who were injured in an accident where another party was using Uber or Lyft.
There are several factors that can determine who your case is against when you make a rideshare accident claim. As Uber and Lyft are two separate companies, the insurance coverage differs depending on which app you were using. Other factors include:
- Whether the driver was in “driver mode.”
- Whether the driver had been matched with a ride while in “driver mode.”
- Whether the driver had accepted a ride and had a passenger in the car.
If you have been involved in an accident in an Uber or Lyft, the experienced New Orleans rideshare accident lawyers at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, may be able to help. The rideshare accident attorneys at Cueria Law Firm, LLC, are compassionate and skilled at what they do, which is why they have a proven track record of helping their clients get the substantial financial settlements that they deserve.
Do I Need To Hire An Attorney For A Rideshare Accident Case?
Insurance companies understand the stress you experience while you’re injured and out of work. They use this to their advantage and offer you a smaller check than they know you could get with an attorney. Their hope is that you accept it to get it over with, and waive your right to further claims or compensation.
Unfortunately, there are many ways big companies like Uber and Lyft can avoid the financial responsibility when a driver or passenger are injured while using their app. Too often those injured in rideshare accidents are unaware of their rights and miss the timeframe they have to file a claim against Uber or Lyft. They’ll be forced to face the brunt of medical bills, lost wages and more, which can have a negative impact on their financial future.
If you’ve been injured in an accident while driving or riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney. The laws and insurance practices which apply to your situation differ from that of a normal auto accident case. At Cueria Law Firm, LLC, we have a rideshare accident attorney who successfully negotiates claims to fairly compensate injured parties for their damages.
Economic Damages You Can Recover After an Uber or Lyft Accident
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Lost income, including your future ability to work
- Property damage
Non-Economic Damages You Can Recover After an Uber or Lyft Accident
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering through injuries
During a free consultation, our ridesharing accident attorney will evaluate the facts of your claim to determine the damages you have. If you have a case against Uber, Lyft, or any other insurance companies, we will handle the entirety of the claim for you.
When You’re A Passenger In A Lyft or Uber Accident
If you’re a passenger in a Lyft or Uber at the time of a car accident, it’s important that you understand the situation. Your driver may not want to report the accident to the rideshare company they are working for, as it will put them on probation until the claim is settled. However, by not reporting your accident, you may be forfeiting your right to collect compensation for the injuries you face.
What To Do After A Lyft Or Uber Accident
The moments following a car accident can be chaotic, but the actions you take will determine whether you have the best possible outcome in a rideshare accident claim. It’s important to know what to do to set yourself up for a strong case against Lyft, Uber, or any other applicable parties and their insurance.
- Contact the police.
When police respond to the scene of a car crash, they will write a police report detailing the accident. In this report they will include the information of all parties involved, their insurance policy and any witnesses. This document is often one of the most important in a case as it can help establish liability.
- Seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel injuries.
With everything going through your mind following a rideshare accident, you may not notice the extent of your injuries. It’s possible that a minor injury which could be easily treated will be more severe if you go about your daily life.
Not only that, but receiving medical attention following a rideshare accident will create a paper trail attributing your injuries to the accident. In some cases, the medical provider may be called as an expert witness to prove the other party’s liability for your injuries.
- Report the accident to Uber or Lyft.
When an accident is reported to a rideshare company, they will do an investigation and may temporarily suspend the driver from using their app while they do so. Because of this, your driver or other passengers may tell you not to report the accident to Uber or Lyft. No matter what the driver or other passengers say, it is important to protect yourself.
- Contact an attorney who is experienced with rideshare accidents.
Once an accident is reported to Lyft, Uber or their insurance company, they will be in touch with you to get more information. It is important to discuss your claim with an attorney before speaking to those companies or accepting a settlement check from them.
The personal injury attorneys at Cueria Law Firm, LLC. have worked with many passengers who were injured in a collision involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Our attorneys can review your case and help you determine how to proceed to get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident while using Lyft or Uber, you can contact our rideshare accident attorney today at (504) 525-5211 to schedule a free consultation.