Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are offered all over Connecticut, making it easy for those looking for an efficient and private mode of transportation to get around. It’s the driver’s responsibility to get their passenger to the desired destination safely. When that doesn’t happen, and the passenger is injured, that’s where we come in. Our Connecticut rideshare accident lawyers can take a look at what you’ve been through and determine if you have a potential personal injury claim.
Filing a claim against a rideshare driver or company can be complex. Every accident is different, which is why our attorneys dedicate the time needed to build the strongest case possible on your behalf. Depending on the losses you experience, you could seek recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you think you’re ready to get a claim started, you’ll benefit from having some background knowledge regarding Uber and Lyft, as well as information on the claims process and what you can expect in the weeks and months following the crash.
How Rideshare Services Work: An Overview of Uber and Lyft
Whether you regularly use Uber or Lyft, or you’ve never ordered a rideshare vehicle before, have you ever wondered how the process works? Essentially, each rideshare company has an app that you down onto your smartphone. When you request service, the app uses the GPS on your phone to find your location in relation to the closest available driver. In Connecticut, you’ll find rideshare services in the following locations:
- New Haven
- New London
- New Milford
If you ordered an Uber or Lyft in a different city and were involved in an accident, you may still be able to pursue a claim against the driver or company. It comes down to being able to prove negligence.
Types of Rideshare Accidents
The type of rideshare accident you’re involved in is based on the location of the collision. Many accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers happen at intersections when the drivers are distracted looking at their phone or ignoring traffic signals in an attempt to get to their destination faster.
Rear-end collisions are also common among rideshare drivers. This is, again, often because of distraction and negligence behind the wheel. No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, you could sustain injuries like broken bones, contusions, lacerations, soft tissue injuries, head trauma, spine damage, and more.
When you’re in a severe rideshare crash, it’s important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Not only will this ensure you receive the necessary treatment you need to take care of your injuries and get on the path to healing, but doing so will create official medical documents your lawyer can use to value your claim.
How Long You Have to File a Claim in Connecticut
If you are considering pursuing an injury claim against a rideshare driver or company, it’s important to understand the time constraints you must abide by. Car accident cases are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you only have a certain amount of time to pursue a claim after the day it happened.
Statutes of limitations vary by state a case type. Under Connecticut General Statutes 52-284, those who have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence have two years from the date of the incident to pursue a lawsuit.
In the event you miss the deadline to file your lawsuit, it’s more than likely you will render yourself ineligible for compensation. The case will either be outrighted denied or, in the off chance it makes it to court, the defendant will likely request to have it dismissed.
When you work with an attorney from the Rideshare Law Group, you won’t have to worry about the statute of limitations or any other applicable laws that could impact your claim. We will be sure to explain everything to you and get all the necessary paperwork filed on time so as not to jeopardize your claim.
Get Help From the Rideshare Law Group
Victims of Uber and Lyft accidents deserve the best chance at recovery. At the Rideshare Law Firm, our Connecticut rideshare accident lawyers are prepared to help you file a claim and seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Filing a claim takes time, so the sooner you get in touch with our attorneys, the better your chances are of achieving a favorable result. If you’re ready to get started or you have questions about your legal options, schedule a free case evaluation with our law firm today. We’ll review what you’ve been through and provide you with sound legal advice to help you move forward. Contact us today for more information.