Whether you’re looking for a ride from the airport, you need to get to work, or you want to have a safe night out with friends, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are easily accessible all over Hawaii. While most drivers are responsible behind the wheel and take the safety and well-being of their passengers into consideration, there are negligent drivers out there. If you’ve been involved in a crash, our Hawaii rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
Our law firm represents rideshare accident victims on a nationwide basis. No matter where in Hawaii your accident happened, we’re prepared to provide you with strong, reliable legal guidance, so you know how best to proceed to protect your finances and future.
Rideshare Services Available in Hawaii
You can find rideshare services all over Hawaii. While Uber and Lyft are probably the ones that come to mind first, they are not the only providers in the state. You also have access to Blacklane, Carmel, and Jayride. The majority of the rideshare companies operate in the following cities:
- Big Island
All of the rideshare companies provide rides in similar ways. With Uber and Lyft, for example, you download the app, create your profile, request a ride, and wait to have your request accepted. The driver picks you up and takes you to your desired location. You can rate and tip the driver if you choose.
Understanding the Stages of Rideshare Driving
As a rideshare passenger, it’s important to understand the stages of driving that take place over the course of a request and trip. If you’re involved in an accident, the stage at which it occurred will have an impact on who you can hold accountable for your injuries. In general, there are three phases:
- Phase 1: The first phase is when the app is on, and a driver is considered available.
- Phase 2: The second phase is when the driver has accepted a trip and is en route to their passenger.
- Phase 3: The third phase is when the driver has picked up the passenger and is on their way to the destination point.
If you’re involved in a car accident with an Uber driver when the driver is on the app but has not agreed to a trip, any injuries you sustain will likely need to be covered by the driver’s insurance policy. In this situation, you’ll likely be another driver or a pedestrian.
If an accident occurs during the second phase, it’s likely you are also a pedestrian or driver. At this point, their personal auto insurance policy will be used to take care of your expenses if you can prove liability or negligence.
When you are the passenger of an Uber or Lyft, and you are being taken to your point of interest, you are covered under a $1 million insurance policy. The companies aren’t always willing to settle claims, so it’s important to have a reliable attorney by your side.
Uber and Lyft Accident Losses and the Types of Recoverable Compensation
A car accident has the potential to result in significant financial, physical, and emotional losses. Physical injuries, like broken bones, lacerations, head trauma, and soft tissue injuries, can result in extensive medical bills—especially if you require emergency medical treatment. If you are suffering from PTSD or other emotional trauma, costs of professional help can also add up. In addition to the expenses related to the accident, you could also be looking at lost wages in the event you need to take time away from work to heal properly.
When you file an injury claim against the at-fault party for a rideshare accident, you’ll be able to seek compensation for your losses. With any claim, there’s the potential for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages, which can be totaled up, include medical bills, lost wages, property damage costs, and additional treatment expenses. Non-economic damages are more challenging to calculate, as they cover losses like pain and suffering. The more severe the crash, the higher your non-economic recovery is likely to be.
Seek Help From the Rideshare Law Group
Uber and Lyft accident victims deserve strong legal representation to ensure they receive the compensation they need to get their lives back in order. At the Rideshare Law Group, our Hawaii rideshare accident lawyers are here to help you.
Our attorneys understand the challenges of pursuing an injury claim against a rideshare driver or company, and we’re prepared to guide you through the process. We will strive to make the process as easy as possible for you, so you can focus on what matters most—healing.
The sooner you get in touch with our lawyer, the better your chances will be of receiving a favorable settlement outcome. To get started, schedule a free consultation today.