The rideshare services provided by Uber and Lyft drivers are often convenient, cost-effective, and more comfortable than public transportation. Most trips end with the passenger arriving at their destination. Unfortunately, not all trips end that way. If you’ve been involved in a crash, you may be able to file an injury claim. Our Alaska rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
While Uber and Lyft started later in Alaska compared to the rest of the country, you can find the services in most major cities. Some of the most popular cities for ride-hailing include the following:
If you were involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in one of those cities as a passenger, we can determine if you have grounds to pursue a claim against the driver or rideshare company. If you were in an accident in a different city, we are here for you too. The first step to determining if you’re owed compensation is determining your role in the accident.
Identifying the Victim in a Rideshare Accident
In any personal injury accident, the victim is the person who was injured by someone else’s negligent actions or inactions. In the case of a rideshare accident, there are multiple situations a victim can be in. Take a look at the following:
- Passenger. As the passenger of a rideshare accident, you are covered under the company’s insurance policies when you are being transported by one of their drivers. Sometimes, however, rideshare companies will try to get out of paying victims, which is why it’s important to be backed by an attorney.
- Pedestrian. If you were struck by an Uber or Lyft as a pedestrian, your compensation eligibility and where it comes from will be based on whether or not the driver was driving for the rideshare company at the time of the accident. Your lawyer can investigate your situation and determine how to handle the incident best.
- Driver. If you were driving when you were hit by a rideshare vehicle, it can be challenging to prove liability on behalf of the other driver. Doing so involves an extensive investigation, as well as establishing negligence. Our lawyers are fully experienced with handling injury claims, and we’re prepared to take your on next.
No matter what you were doing at the time of an Uber or Lyft accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries as the victim. There are, however, laws that can jeopardize your compensation eligibility. Let’s take a look at Alaska’s statute of limitations.
Rideshare Injury Claims and Statutes of Limitations
The majority of rideshare claims, and personal injury claims, for that matter, are resolved via negotiations. However, there are instances where the victim must pursue a lawsuit through the court system to achieve a favorable outcome. If you find yourself in that situation, it’s important to understand the constraints you’re under.
If you’re involved in an accident, the sooner you take legal action, the better. Statutes of limitations, which are set time limits in which you can file a claim, are established at the state level. If your accident occurred in Alaska, you only have two years to proceed with your case, according to §09.10.070. That two years starts the date of the wreck.
It’s important to note that in the event you fail to take legal action within the statute of limitations timeframe, you will likely be rendered ineligible for compensation in the event you choose to pursue a claim. This means that you will not be able to hold the negligent party accountable for any of your economic or noneconomic losses.
Safety Tips for Uber and Lyft Riders in Alaska
While you can’t always avoid an accident—especially when you’re not in control of the situation, there are steps you can take to make ridesharing safer. Consider the following:
- Verify your driver’s identity. Both Uber and Lyft have taken measures to make it easier for rideshare passengers to confirm their driver’s identity. Make sure you are getting into the right vehicle when the car pulls up.
- Know your rights during a trip. As an Uber or Lyft passenger, you have the right to a safe, comfortable trip. If at any time during your trip, you want to remove yourself from the vehicle, you can terminate your ride. The driver is required to let you out of the vehicle.
- Let people know your location. Before, during, and after a rideshare trip, it’s a good idea to let your loved ones know where you are. For example, let someone know when you’ve ordered a ride, when you’ve entered the vehicle, and when you’ve arrived at your destination.
- Report anything suspicious. In the event something seems off during the course of your Uber or Lyft trip, you can file a report through either app. Doing so will spark an investigation against the driver to determine if they are responsible for injuries or losses. If you’re in an accident, make sure you file an official statement with the responding officer.
If you’ve been injured by a rideshare driver in an accident, our attorneys are here to help. We will fight on your behalf for the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
No matter the extent of your rideshare injuries, you deserve compensation for your losses. When you work with our Alaska rideshare accident lawyers, you’ll be on your way to holding the negligent driver or company responsible and receiving the funds you need to manage your injuries and losses and move forward.
The sooner you get in touch with our attorneys, the better your chances are of filing a successful claim. To learn more about the process or to get started, schedule a case evaluation with us today. We’ll review what you’ve been through and explain your legal rights and options.