So, what do you do if you’re a passenger or driver in an uber or lyft that has been involved in an accident. More importantly, what do you do if you are injured? Also, who is covering the bill? A Seattle Uber and Lyft accident attorney can help you navigate the tricky process.
Rideshare is on the rise in major cities like Seattle. Since its inception, Lyft has completed one billion rides and Uber ten billion rides. Like any vehicle on the road, car accidents happen; uber and lyft drivers are no exception. If you’ve experienced an accident during a rideshare, call the Seattle Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at The Fang Law Firm today for a free case consultation so we can get started on recovering your compensation.
The dedicated client advocates at The Fang Law Firm understand the toll an unexpected injury takes on the victim’s life. We’re ready to navigate the complex financial aspects of a rideshare accident claim while you focus on recovering from your physical injuries.
Sometimes hazards in the road or a defective steering or brake system cause an accident, but the most common cause of accidents by far is driver error—including in Uber and Lyft accidents, whether it’s the Uber driver’s error or that of another driver. Common causes of rideshare accidents in Seattle include the following:
Rear-end collisions, T-bone collisions, rollovers, run-off-road accidents, and head-on collisions are the most common types of accidents experienced due to driver error in Uber and Lyft vehicles in Washington.
Injury victims in Uber and Lyft car accidents in Seattle may experience life-altering impacts from their injuries, including partial or total disability with significant financial damages. Even less serious injuries can quickly cause financial hardship with only a single missed paycheck. Common injuries cited in Uber and Lyft accident claims in Washington include the following:
Serious injuries are expensive, with spiraling medical costs, days, weeks, or months of missed work, and expensive medications and equipment. When someone else’s negligent or reckless actions caused the accident—like an Uber or Lyft driver or another motorist—the injury victim shouldn’t be responsible for the financial damages they sustain from their injuries.
You may have to file claims with multiple insurance companies (the driver’s and Uber and/or Lyft’s). It can be difficult keeping up with the communication from multiple insurance companies as well as developing the evidence required to receive the maximum settlement amount.
Insurance companies are motivated to convince you to settle for less than you deserve. They know that you are recovering from an injury and are vulnerable. An experienced Seattle Uber accident lawyer will signal to the insurance company that you won’t fall for their underhanded tricks and low-ball offers.
Accidents with serious injuries quickly become expensive as well as painful and debilitating. The consequences of an accident are your “damages” in a car accident claim, including an Uber or Lyft accident claim. Sadly, insurance companies commonly protect their profits at the injury victim’s expense by undervaluing or denying claims. Be on guard against common insurance company tactics such as the following:
After a rideshare accident, it’s always best to hire an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney and then direct all communication with the insurance company to your lawyer. The Seattle Uber/Lyft accident lawyers at The Fang Law Firm can anticipate and counteract these common insurance company tactics by documenting evidence of liability and carefully calculating your damages to maximize your financial recovery.
All drivers on the roadway must follow traffic laws and avoid distractions. This is part of the duty all motorists have to behave reasonably on the road. When an Uber or Lyft accident occurs, it often takes a thorough investigation to determine how the accident occurred, who was at fault, and how the at-fault party’s negligence caused the accident. An accident attorney from The Fang Law Firm will document enough evidence to prove liability by demonstrating the following legal points of liability:
In an Uber or Lyft accident, the liable party could be the rideshare driver, another driver, or in less common cases, the manufacturer of a defective auto part, a negligent road maintenance agency, or a construction crew that left debris in the road. Your attorney will present the evidence in a demand package to the appropriate insurance company, either the driver’s private insurance, their rideshare insurance, or against another at-fault party, and then begin negotiations for an ample settlement for your damages.
After suffering serious injuries in a rideshare accident, you may feel overwhelmed and as though you’re the only one dealing with this type of complex accident claim, but the truth is that rideshare accidents are on the rise as this form of transportation increases in popularity. Some alarming Uber/Lyft accident statistics include the following:
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft accident that required hospitalization, surgery, or extensive rehabilitation you may be wondering how to recover financially from the at-fault person. A Seattle Uber and Lyft accident lawyer can help.
Uber and Lyft work on a period system, the period you are in will depend on the type of coverage you are afforded and the claims process you will need to follow in order to recover.
As a passenger, you are covered by Uber or Lyft’s third-party liability insurance policy from the moment you get in the vehicle to the moment you step out. However, you will need to seek recovery from the driver’s personal insurance before Uber or Lyft will step in. Uber or Lyft’s third party liability insurance will cover your damages if they exceed the driver’s personal insurance coverage.
An Uber or Lyft accident is just like any other car accident, but the claims process is a little more difficult. Follow these steps if you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident:
Following these steps will increase your chances of maximizing your settlement amount.
After a car accident, it’s critical to seek immediate medical care, not only for your health and safety but also to protect yourself financially. Going straight to the hospital in an ambulance, or arranging transportation to a hospital straight from the accident scene, proves that the injuries occurred in the accident. At the hospital, do the following:
After gathering your evidence, call the Uber/Lyft accident attorneys at The Fang Law Firm in Seattle. Avoid posting on social media until after you resolve your claim.
Once your Seattle Uber/Lyft accident attorney documents evidence of liability and determines the appropriate insurance coverage, they will carefully calculate your economic and non-economic damages to maximize the amount of compensation you can recover after your accident. Common damage claims after rideshare accidents include compensation for the following:
While compensation for non-economic damages is intangible and more difficult to quantify, it can substantially increase the amount an injury victim recovers in their claim. This provides a sense of justice after a serious accident as well as compensation to ease the financial hardship caused by the injury.
We have decades of experience in accident litigation. We are standing by to assist you in recovering a settlement that will pay your medical bills and cover your lost wages. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation. One of our knowledgeable Seattle Lyft accident attorneys will review your case and chart the best path for financial recovery.
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