If you were involved in a ridesharing accident in Fairfax, Virginia, you might be eligible for compensation from the driver, the rideshare company, or other liable parties. Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, cover their drivers with substantial insurance policies, but the insurance companies that write these policies can be finicky about when they pay out. A Virginia rideshare accident lawyer with inside insurance company experience may help you go toe-to-toe with them and collect the compensation you are entitled to collect.
At the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, our lead attorney, Jim Parrish, spent many years representing insurance companies and now helps protect clients from those same companies. Our law firm understands the tactics they use to push back against accident victims and pay less compensation than they should.
Our Fairfax ridesharing accident lawyers may be able to help you fight for compensation after an Uber or Lyft accident by taking on the insurance companies and not allowing them to pay you a subpar settlement. To learn more about the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, and receive a free case evaluation with a Virginia car accident lawyer on our team today, call us at (571) 229-1800.
There Might Be Multiple Responsible Parties in a Ridesharing Accident
To recover compensation after any type of car accident, we must determine who the responsible parties are and what they did to cause or contribute to your accident. As soon as we take your case, the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, will get to work investigating your accident. To discover potentially liable parties, we may t:
- Look at police reports
- Talk to witnesses
- Review photo and video evidence
- Speak with expert witnesses
- Order accident reconstruction
- Undertake any additional investigative measures needed to paint a clear picture of your accident
Every car accident is unique, and depending on the circumstances of your accident, there could be multiple parties who share liability. As you have seen, your Fairfax car accident lawyer has several means of establishing liability when they seek compensation for damages and injuries on your behalf. Your attorney might advise you to take legal action against one or more liable parties. Such liable parties may include:
The Rideshare Driver
If your accident involved a rideshare driver, we may investigate that driver and their actions early in the process to determine if they were at fault for the accident. If you were a passenger in the rideshare vehicle, a driver or passenger of another vehicle, or a pedestrian or bicyclist struck by a rideshare vehicle, our attorneys will get to the bottom of what happened. We may be able to hold any driver whose negligent actions contributed to the collision liable for your damages.
The Rideshare Company
The rideshare company may also bear vicarious liability for the negligent actions of its driver. This is the reason most rideshare companies, including Uber and Lyft, provide substantial insurance policies to cover their drivers whenever they are acting in an official capacity for the company. If we determine that the rideshare driver was working at the time of the accident, we may pursue the company for damages and collect from this policy.
We may also be able to pursue damages from the rideshare company if we find evidence that it did not properly or thoroughly screen the driver before hiring them. A rideshare company has a duty to make sure unsafe operators do not drive for them. If the company missed red flags that should have alerted them that the driver was not safe or responsible, we may be able to hold them accountable for this negligence.
Just because your accident involved a rideshare driver does not necessarily mean that driver was the one at fault. The accident may have been the fault of a different driver. Alternatively, it is possible both drivers behaved negligently and contributed to the collision. In both scenarios, we would have a shared fault situation and grounds to pursue both drivers—along with their insurance companies and, potentially, the rideshare company—for compensation.
Every car accident is unique. Yours might have circumstances that point us to an additional responsible party not listed above. That is why we undergo a thorough investigation of every car accident case we take on. Our Fairfax ridesharing accident lawyers may identify every potentially liable party and gather evidence either to rule them out or to confirm their role in the collision.
Ridesharing Companies Might Try to Avoid Compensating You
Both Uber and Lyft provide their drivers with substantial insurance policies, but these policies may only cover the drivers in certain situations, such as when they are driving on behalf of the company. In ridesharing accident cases, it is common for the rideshare company and their insurer to claim that a policy does not cover a specific accident.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, may be able to gather evidence to show that the insurance company is obligated to pay out for your accident injuries. Our founding partner, Jim Parrish, represented insurance companies for many years, understands how they operate, and knows how to push back when they refuse to pay accident victims what they deserve. To learn more about how our legal team may be able to help your case, call us at (571) 229-1800 and receive a free case evaluation today.
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We Help You Fight for Compensation to Recover Your Damages
After a ridesharing accident in Fairfax, Virginia, the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, may fight for a compensation package that may include money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Ridesharing Accident Cases Must Be Filed Within the Statute of Limitations
The Code of Virginia § 8.01-234 states that the statute of limitations on car accident personal injury claims is two years. However, this may vary based on the specific circumstances of your case.
To prevent any issues with the statute of limitations or other deadlines, you may want to consider getting an attorney early in the process, who may take appropriate actions so that your case gets filed on time.
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