While Delaware may be a small state, that doesn’t mean you can walk everywhere. Whether you’re commuting to work and looking to avoid the stress of driving or you’re out for a night with friends and need a safe way to get home, services like Uber and Lyft are available. When a passenger ends up injured in an accident, however, those companies aren’t always willing to follow through on their part to pay for losses and expenses. If you’ve been injured in a crash, our Delaware rideshare accident lawyers can help.
Uber and Lyft Accidents in Delaware: Facts & Statistics
In 2018, the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State published a study that noted an increase in national traffic deaths by two to three percent. That totals to as many as an additional 1,100 deaths per year. The study attributed that increase in fatal accidents to the growing popularity of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft.
While the majority of Uber and Lyft rides end with the passenger arriving safely at their destination, that isn’t always the case. The top contributing factors to rideshare accidents in Delaware include distracted driving, speeding, and fatigue.
Rideshare drivers are often tasked with driving in unfamiliar locations. As a result, they may rely heavily on their phone or GPS to get them to where they need to be. When a driver is distracted by a device, there’s an increased chance for an accident to occur. When it comes to Uber and Lyft drivers speeding, some try to complete as many trips as possible by neglecting the rules of the road. Completing as many trips as possible can also result in rideshare drivers driving while tired—which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Rideshare Accident FAQs
If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft wreck, you likely have questions about your legal rights and options. Keep reading for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Why are rideshare accidents different?
Accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers are more complex than standard car accident claims. This is because of the number of parties involved in the accident, as well as the company policies that could impact your ability to recover compensation for your losses.
What should you do after a rideshare crash?
If you’ve been involved in a wreck as a rideshare passenger, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the accident, emergency medical responders could arrive on the scene, or you may need to go to the hospital on your own accord. Either way, seeking medical attention will ensure your injuries are documented.
In addition to being treated for your injuries, it’s important to document what you remember happening. If police respond to the crash and ask for a statement, only tell them what you know to be true. Do not make guesses. If you do not know, say so. Your lawyer will be able to use the information you know, as well as the police report, to determine how best to proceed.
How do you determine fault for a rideshare accident?
Determining liability for a rideshare accident comes down to a number of factors. First, your lawyer will look at the cause of the accident. Then, liability on the rideshare company’s behalf will be based on the phase the driver was in at the time of the collision. Your attorney will be able to explain those phases in depth.
The sooner you get in touch with a lawyer after an Uber or Lyft collision, the better your chances are of making a full recovery. Let’s take a look at what your financial recovery could include.
Determining the Value of a Rideshare Injury Claim
The value of a rideshare injury claim is dependent on a number of economic and non-economic factors. When you work with an attorney from the Rideshare Law Group, they will be able to value your claim accurately. Some of the factors that could affect the value include the following:
- Medical Expenses. If you sustained physical injuries during the accident and had to seek medical attention, your lawyer can consider hospital bills when valuing your case. This includes the cost of future care, as well.
- Lost Wages. Physical injuries can result in the need to take time off of work. If you lost wages while recovering, those can be factored into your claim. If your injuries were severe enough to prevent you from returning to your previous line of work, you might be eligible for compensation for lost earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering. An auto accident can take a physical and mental toll. You deserve compensation for the suffering you’ve endured because of someone else’s mistake. While calculating pain and suffering damages is more challenging than medical expenses, your attorney will know how to value your experience accurately.
No matter what you’ve lost as a result of an Uber or Lyft crash, our attorneys are here to ensure you receive full and fair compensation so you can get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
Get in Touch With the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, the Delaware rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group are here to help. We understand the struggles associated with recovering from an accident, and we’re prepared to provide you with strong legal representation to get you the compensation you deserve.
The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances are of receiving full and fair compensation. When you reach out to us, we’ll review your situation and determine how best to proceed based on your circumstances. Contact us today for more information.