If you were involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, whether you were driving your own vehicle or were being transported as a passenger, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses.
If you’re trying to determine who is liable for the accident and where that compensation can potentially be recovered from, a car accident lawyer in Arlington County at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, can help address these questions and many others you might have. We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose when you call us.
Establishing Liability and Filing a Claim After an Uber or Lyft Accident
To determine who you can file an insurance claim with, you need to know who caused the accident. Was it the Uber or Lyft driver? Did a negligent driver hit your driver’s vehicle?
Because there could potentially be more than one insurance provider involved in your case, it is a good idea to have a lawyer on our team help you determine who your claim should be filed with.
Below is a breakdown of the carriers who may be liable for paying you for your injuries and losses:
Uber And Lyft’s Insurance Carrier
If you were hit while being transported in a rideshare vehicle, the company could be held financially liable. Uber and Lyft currently extend $1,000,000 in third-party liability and uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage to their drivers during trips.
Additional coverage may be available, and limits may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The Rideshare Driver’s Insurance Carrier
Although Uber and Lyft do provide insurance coverage to their drivers under certain circumstances, the drivers themselves are required to carry certain types of coverage and limits when using their vehicle for business-related purposes.
This means their policy may provide you with some sort of coverage if it was the driver’s negligence that was responsible for causing the accident.
Another Driver’s Insurance Company
If you were involved in an accident in an Uber or Lyft vehicle but it was another driver’s carelessness or recklessness that caused the collision, then you may have a valid claim against their insurer.
In the event their policy limits aren’t enough to cover your damages, you may be able to file a claim with the rideshare company’s carrier as well.
Your Insurance Company
Another insurance company that may need to be brought into the picture is your own carrier. If you own a vehicle, you may have certain types of coverage added to your policy that will help cover things like medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
While this all might seem complicated and confusing, you can rest assured that a rideshare accident lawyer on our team will help you identify who the liable party is as well as which insurance company you can file your claim with. In fact, if you are looking to receive a free case evaluation and get your legal questions answered, you can count on the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC.
Types of Damages You Might Be Entitled to Collect
Whether you file a claim with Uber’s or Lyft’s insurance carrier or another driver’s insurer, there are certain damages you may be eligible to receive. These damages are usually categorized as economic damages or non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to the monetary losses you suffered. For instance, if you were transported via ambulance after the crash and had to undergo weeks of physical therapy, you may be eligible to recover compensation to make up for how much you spent on medical treatment or to cover the medical bills you are now expected to pay.
In addition, you may also be entitled to recover compensation that will help you afford any medical care you are going to need in the future. If your injuries are serious and your doctor has informed you that you will need ongoing medical care, you should be awarded compensation for this expense.
If you cannot work and don’t have access to disability benefits, how are you expected to cover your monthly bills such as rent, utilities, and food? The answer is, you may not be able to if your injuries prevent you from working. If this is an issue for you, an Arlington lawyer from our team can help determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for lost wages.
Non-economic damages refer to non-monetary losses and often include:
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We will calculate and assess all your damages to ensure you are awarded fair compensation.
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The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is Here to Help You Understand Your Right to Compensation After a Rideshare Accident
At the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we bring a unique set of skills to the table, as injury attorney Jim Parrish once represented the insurance companies he now protects his clients from. Although most individuals assume that the insurance company is their friend and is looking out for their best interest, they quickly learn after filing a claim that isn’t the case.
Fortunately, with an attorney like Jim Parrish assisting with your case, you can rest easy knowing the insurance companies’ tactics to minimize the value of your claim or deny it won’t work. Instead, you can focus on getting better while you have a lawyer working diligently on getting you any compensation you might be entitled to receive.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, wants to help you gain a better understanding of your legal rights. Get in touch with us now because we have to submit your case promptly under Va. Code §8.01-243. Our firm can be contacted at (571) 229-1800 and offers free case reviews.