What if an Uber or Lyft Driver Hits You?
Millions of people trust Uber or Lyft Riders for their daily transportation needs, given their convenience, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use. Unfortunately, if an Uber or Lyft driver hits you, matters can be complicated, as proven by the many pending lawsuits. The complication arises from the fact that these drivers function as independent contractors rather than employees of Uber or Lift. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we will help you seek compensation upon being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver. Read on to understand more about liability in case an Uber or Lyft driver hits you.
How Is Liability Determined After Being Hit by an Uber or Lyft Driver?
After being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, you are entitled to financial compensation to make up for medical bills, lost income, prescriptions, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, the process is difficult as the drivers are independent contractors, and you cannot claim with a rideshare company or the driver’s insurance carrier. The drivers’ insurance policies exclude work accidents and deny coverage if the driver hits you. With these complications in mind, you will need help from our experienced Dallas car accident attorneys, who have the skill and experience to determine liability after being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver.
How Rideshare Companies and Driver Malpractices can Jeopardize Your Safety
However careful you are on the road, you still risk being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver. This is courtesy of GPS and rideshare app distractions, long driving hours, and unfamiliar roads, which compromise the driver’s productivity and accuracy on the road.
If hit by a rideshare driver, you should understand your options and legal rights to get your liability claims. These rights include rights to compensation for injuries, lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, disfigurement, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and increased living expenses.
Depending on the crash details, parties involved, and insurer response after the accident, you can file a claim with our attorneys. The driver’s insurance company should cater for your damages, but in most cases, they are reluctant. You will experience complexities if the rideshare company denies your claim or offers less compensation. Hence, gather as much information as possible about the accident after your crash. This includes the vehicle information and driver details relevant to your claim.
How an Attorney Can Help You
Contacting our team for help with your compensation following being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver will increase your chances for better compensation. Our team will use eyewitness statements, police reports, medical reports, and digital information about the vehicles involved. Based on the evidence, we will determine who is at fault and communicate with the insurers on your behalf.
Upon careful examination of your injuries, car damages, and documents, we will assess their value and strive to get you the maximum financial compensation. Where we find the compensation too low, we may recommend a formal lawsuit in the courts where the judge will establish your entitlement to the compensation. In the latter case, the judge will order the insurance company to repay you the compensation, which in most cases is higher than what they were willing to pay initially. The judge may also order punitive damages unavailable in an out-of-court settlement.
If you are struggling with claims after being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, contact The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008, and our lawyers will walk the journey to ensure you get adequate compensation for your injuries.