While rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are useful for many people, there are often many questions when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of an accident—especially for the victim. If you’ve been involved in a crash, you could benefit from working with our Kentucky rideshare accident lawyers. We can explain your legal rights and options and help you pursue a claim against the negligent party that caused your accident.
Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services can be found throughout Kentucky, but they are more commonly found in more populated, urban areas like Bardstown, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Louisville. No matter where your crash happened, the Rideshare Law Group is here for you.
Determining Liability for an Uber or Lyft Accidents
If you’re involved in a car accident, you typically see compensation from the negligent driver. But, when you’re involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you need to determine if you should hold the driver accountable or the rideshare company.
The driver will most likely be accountable if they were negligent behind the wheel. The most common examples of driver negligence include distracted driving, speeding, ignoring the rules of the road, and driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When it comes to Uber and Lyft drivers, it’s more likely for their accidents to be the result of distracted driving or fatigue. Uber and Lyft drivers are constantly focused on their GPS and navigational systems, as well as the rideshare app, to ensure that they are on the right track with their passenger’s trip. But, paying too much attention to a navigational system or a phone’s app can result in not being aware of surroundings, swerving, missing a turn, or failing to see a stoplight or stop sign.
Fatigue, as mentioned, is also an issue with rideshare drivers. If a driver is trying to accomplish as many trips as possible in any given night, they may stay on the road longer than is safe. If they’ve been driving for many hours, they could be at risk for fatigue. Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Depending on the situation, you may be able to hold the rideshare company responsible for your injuries. This is especially true if you can prove that they were negligent while hiring the driver.
Common Questions About Rideshare Accident Claims
When clients come to us with potential cases, we are often asked similar questions out the gate. Some of the most common questions were asked about filing an Uber or Lyft accident claim include the following:
How Do I Know If I Have a Claim?
If you were the passenger of an Uber or Lyft and were merely being transported to your chosen destination at the time of the crash, it’s more than likely you have a valid claim. This is because you were not in control of the situation. You were a victim who should have access to the compensation needed to recover as fully as possible.
What Can I Expect From the Claims Process?
The claims process can be complicated, especially if your attorney has to conduct an in-depth investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. Regardless of the complexity of your case, however, the process typically remains the same.
Once you get in touch with a lawyer, they can determine if you have grounds to pursue legal action. If you do and you choose to move forward, your lawyer will investigate the accident, collect all necessary documents, build a case that proves liability on behalf of the driver or the rideshare party, and fight for your right to a fair settlement offer. In the event reaching a settlement is not possible through negotiations, your next option would be to pursue your case via a trial for a verdict from a judge or jury.
What Might I be Eligible for in Terms of Compensation?
The compensation available for any rideshare accident victim will depend on their injuries and losses, as well as their ability to prove negligence on behalf of the driver or rideshare company. If you can’t prove negligence, your attorney can calculate your economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses include calculable damages like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Your lawyer will collect hospital bills, applicable receipts, and lost wage statements to determine a fair amount.
In regard to non-economic losses, these were harder to calculate as they’re based on more personal forms of losses, like pain and suffering. In most cases, the more severe your injuries and the worse you’re suffering, the more you can expect to receive in non-economic damages.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, you deserve the best chance at recovery. The Kentucky rideshare accident lawyers are here to help. When you get in touch with the Rideshare Law Group, we’ll evaluate what you’ve been through and help you determine how best to proceed based on your unique circumstances.
Depending on your injuries, how significant your losses are, and your ability to prove liability, you could be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys are well-versed in rideshare regulations and policies, so we can help you navigate your claim and give you the best chance at success.
The sooner you get in touch with our law firm after your accident, the better. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.