How Much is My Uber/Lyft Passenger Injury Case Worth?
Ride-hailing companies promote having excellent, affordable services for their customers. If you are like most people, you have an Uber or Lyft app on your phone that is used regularly. For many, it is much easier to get around in this way. Depending on the time and location, you don’t have to wait for very long and pay once to reach your destination. Despite the high acclaim, all is not perfect in the rideshare industry.
More times than not, ride-hailing companies do not properly screen their drivers. As a customer, you should have peace of mind, before you get into the vehicle, and when you get dropped off. However, the car you get into may be driven by someone with a spotty driving record. Most rideshare drivers work shifts to make ends meet at the end of the month. They need to make a certain amount of money to meet their financial obligations. Drivers who work under such conditions will be more likely to take risks when on the road. They may speed, or drive recklessly to drop off passengers to accept several other trips. In doing so, they are putting their riders at risk.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, then you should seek compensation. An injury attorney can provide you with a free consultation, and deepen your knowledge of rideshare accidents before you file a claim.
Who Is Liable?
California law states that you have the right to claim damages if you have been physically, mentally, or financially harmed due to the actions of another person. If you were injured while a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, it is not always easy to determine which party is liable for the financial fallout from your injuries.
It is important to figure out who you should seek compensation from as soon as you can. If the accident put you in the emergency room, you may end up with a great many bills from:
- The cost of the ambulance ride to the hospital
- Diagnostic scans like CT, MRI or X-ray
- The advanced procedures required to save your life
- Coverage costs for therapy
- Long or short term medication prescriptions needed
- The rehabilitation you may need to undergo for a swift recovery
It may be a lot to handle on your own, in addition to processing shock and preparing for the financial burden. Ridesharing accident attorneys possess the knowledge and legal insight to help in these kinds of cases. In general, there are only three candidates for your claim: the insurers of Uber or Lyft, the insurers of the rideshare driver, or the insurance company of the other driver involved in the accident. If it is determined that your rideshare driver was at fault, then you should have your lawyer take the matter up with Uber or Lyft.
If your injuries were severe, it is unlikely that the Uber or Lyft driver alone has enough coverage to repay you for your expenses outside of insurance. Normally, this would not be the case because Uber and Lyft protect their employees and independent contractors as long as they were using the app at the time of the accident. Uber and Lyft have the capability to offer injured passengers up to $1 million in compensation – but it doesn’t always happen. Our attorneys can negotiate on your behalf and overcome any resistance to paying out adequate compensation.
What You Can Receive Money For
The exact amount of money you receive will depend on the injuries you have sustained. The standard $1 million offered by the rideshare companies is not the minimum. If your driver was egregiously negligent and reckless in their behavior, the rideshare company should be paying you maximum compensation.
In any case, your specific needs and the liability of the company dictate the value of your claim. If the rideshare company refuses to pay, then you may have to file a lawsuit against them. Uber and Lyft accident lawyers try to prevent this from happening when building your case. As a plaintiff, you can sue for the following specific damages:
- Medical treatment
It may take a while before the full extent of your injuries, including treatment is available in a report. Accidents can cause long-term damage. Not all of your symptoms will be immediate. Although you may be able to project costs and medical bills from the care you received at the hospital and doctors office. Our attorneys will speak to your physicians. They will also bring in independent medical experts to look at your case. Once they have facts and data from both, they will determine the amount you should receive for previous and forthcoming medical treatment.
- Lost income and earning capacity
Your injuries will certainly put you out of work in the short term. They may also force you out of your livelihood and career. The economic harm that this causes can be devastating. Your attorney will review the facts concerning your past earnings. They will also speak to and gather documents from people associated with your line of work. If you were employed by a company and were up for promotion or you were self-employed and on the cusp of receiving a new contract, then you should be compensated for these losses. If the accident has caused permanent disability, if may never be able to continue in the same ways. You should receive the kind of settlement that will guarantee you some measure of financial security.
- Pain and suffering
In the long run, no amount of money can alleviate the mental and physical pain you have been forced to deal with. However, the compensation can also go toward resources like therapy which will have a physical and psychological impact to heal. The emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, anxiety, worry, and disenchantment comes in the wake of such a devastating accident is quantifiable. Your lawyer will know how much to ask for this as well.If you choose not to have legal representation, you risk receiving a lower offer and less coverage for accident related costs. As a passenger, you should avoid dealing directly with Uber, Lyft or their insurance representatives. Lawyers that specialize in rideshare cases know how to get results. They know how to communicate and negotiate in a way that maximizes the amount of compensation you get back.