Gainesville Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Rideshares have become a popular way for people to get around town, but if you have suffered injuries in an accident with one, pursuing compensation can be complicated. Depending on what stage of their service they are in, the insurance coverages may be quite different.
Regardless of the insurance coverage, though, a driver who causes an accident that results in an injury should be held responsible.
A Gainesville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek compensation for your losses. Losses could include any medical care, lost income, even pain and suffering.
Pursuing Insurance Claims and Lawsuits for Compensation
The duties of rideshare drivers are no different than any other driver on the road. When they fail to uphold those duties, they can be held responsible for their actions and the damages they cause. A negligence case may involve injuries to other drivers, pedestrians, and even riders within the rideshare vehicle itself.
Whether you were a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, you still have the same obligation to prove that the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault for your accident. Proving fault can require the gathering of extensive evidence. A Gainesville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from our firm could take the initiative to obtain:
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Dash camera footage
- Pictures or video from the scene of the crash
- Accident reconstruction reports
It is essential to gather evidence as quickly as possible. Va. Code §8.01-243A gives you as little as two years from the date of the accident to gather evidence and demand compensation for your losses.
Helping Injured People to Measure Their Losses
Proving fault for a car accident is only one part of a successful case. It is just as important to be able to demonstrate how that incident has impacted your life.
Of course, most cases will center around a physical injury. Whether this injury required a single trip to the emergency room or necessitated emergency surgery and months of rehabilitation, an at-fault driver is liable to provide full compensation for all medical costs.
Physical injuries are not the only ways in which these incidents may impact a person’s life. “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience are also major sources of potential compensation. If your physical injuries have resulted in pain or the incident has affected your ability to enjoy life in any way, your attorney can work to place a dollar value on these losses and to pursue appropriate payments.
Finally, many people claim lost income following a car crash. These incidents may require you to miss shifts at work to make a recovery. Others can result in permanent injuries that forever impact your ability to earn a living. In either case, an at-fault rideshare driver is responsible for providing fair compensation for your consequential damages.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Policies
Uber or Lyft have insurance policies that can cover your damages if you were involved in an accident with one of their drivers, but that coverage only applies during certain stages in the rideshare.
According to Uber and Lyft, should an accident happen and if:
- The rideshare driver is offline, then their personal insurance applies
- The rideshare driver is online and waiting for a pickup, then the rideshare company’s third-party liability applies ($25,000 in property damage for an accident, $50,000 in bodily injury for each person, and $100,000 for injury for each accident)
- The rideshare driver is online and en route or in the middle of a ride, then a $1,000,000 third-party liability, contingent comprehensive & collision up to the car’s value with a $2,500 deductible, and uninsured/underinsured motorist injury coverage apply
The Duties of Rideshare Drivers
With the growing prevalence of rideshare vehicles on Gainesville’s roads, these vehicles will inevitably be involved in accidents. In every accident, at least one driver is to blame. The first step in determining this blame is identifying the duties of rideshare drivers.
Both Uber and Lyft drivers are expected to limit the risk of harm to other people. They are expected to follow the rules of the road just like every other driver, such as speed limits under Va. Code §46.2-870, and laws that prohibit the use of cell phones while behind the wheel.
It also requires drivers to keep their attention on the road and not to act unreasonably when in control of a vehicle. A failure to take either of these steps can lead to catastrophic collisions.
Collisions That are the Fault of Rideshare Drivers Entitle You to Compensation
If Uber and Lyft drivers are responsible for a collision while providing their service, the rideshare company is liable to provide compensation for your losses. This protection extends to other drivers, pedestrians, bicycle riders, and even passengers within the vehicles themselves.
A Gainesville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is prepared to take the lead to protect your legal rights. This service includes explaining the important laws, gathering evidence concerning the crash, measuring your losses, and demanding appropriate payments in and out of court.
Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Today
With our years of experience working for insurance companies, we can help you to seek out the payments that you deserve. The first call is always free, and if we do not recover compensation for you, there is never a cost for our services.
Reach out to us today to learn more about how we are ready to help you.