Do you use ridesharing to get from A to B? If so, you may want to find out what happens if you suffer an injury while using a rideshare. Ridesharing allows owners of vehicles to pick up passengers, drive them to where they need to be, and charge a fee in return. This is done through large companies, most commonly using an app, where a driver can sign up to give the service and a passenger can order a driver.
The most well-known companies are Uber and Lyft but there may also be smaller companies in your area. If you have been in an accident while journeying with a rideshare company in Denton County, then you need to get in touch with The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 so they can ensure that these drivers and companies are held liable for your loss.
Accidents are just that, accidents, but that doesn't mean that someone is not liable for your injuries. In most cases, the driver is at fault when an accident happens. Drivers find it easy to get distracted by their phone, their passengers or they may simply have a tendency to lose concentration. Either way when a driver gets distracted, it can lead to extensive injuries.
The other most common cause of driver at fault accidents is when the driver is doing something illegal. This can include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or committing traffic violations. Both of these create unnecessary risks for those in and around the vehicle and can lead to an accident.
It is not always the fault of the driver when a car accident occurs. The cars themselves can be at fault. If a car’s system fails such as their brakes or steering then the driver may lose control of the car causing an accident.
The companies - Uber, Lyft etc - are liable and must cover your injuries if the driver of the vehicle was driving to pick up a passenger or had a passenger inside the car at the time of the accident. However this is not always the case.
If a driver of a rideshare was not currently going to pick up a passenger or had a passenger and they hit you, causing injury, the driver will be personally liable and their insurance will cover the cost of the damage and resulting injuries.
If you are involved in a Denton County rideshare accident, the first thing you should do is to seek medical assistance. Injuries can be external or internal so it is always important to get seen by a medical professional.
If you are able to, after an accident you should gather evidence. This should include, taking pictures of the scene, getting information from the driver and others involved, taking pictures of your injuries (if visible), and noting any other information that may be helpful to determine why the accident occurred.
The damages that are available to you will be first and foremost determined by the coverage of the driver who caused the accident. If the driver is covered by a rideshare company then the damages that you could receive will likely be greater than if the driver was not covered.
But in any case, a person who is injured should be able to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. You should also be entitled to receive damages that are non-economic, including emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, loss of quality of life, and damages for pain and suffering.
Hiring a Denton County car accident lawyer will ensure that a compensation claim is pursued correctly and to the correct person, whether this be the driver or a rideshare company. The lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm have experience in investigating accidents and ensuring their clients get the maximum compensation available.
A Denton County rideshare crash attorney will ensure that you can get back to your normal life quickly and smoothly. Get in contact with The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008.