Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft help people get to work, have a safe night out, and run errands. However, when an accident happens, the victim can be left with expenses, injuries, time off from work, and other losses. If you’re in that situation, you don’t have to handle things on your own. When you work with the Louisiana rideshare accident lawyers from Thomas Law Offices, you’ll be able to take action to hold the negligent driver or company accountable and seek compensation for your losses.
Our rideshare attorneys understand the challenges of taking legal action against a rideshare giant like Uber or Lyft. As their company policies and insurance frequently change, we stay on top of those changes to ensure we continue to provide the best legal representation possible.
Rideshare Services Available in Louisiana
Rideshare services are available throughout Louisiana; however, you’re more likely to find them in cities and locations with higher populations. Currently, you can access Uber, Lyft, SuperShuttle, Jayride, Carmel, and Blacklane. The following cities are the most popular hubs for those companies:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
No matter where your accident happened, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options, as well as how to go about reporting your accident. Once you’ve made a report and have sought medical treatment, your attorney can begin investigating your claim and determining how best to proceed to give you an optimal chance at recovery.
Reporting an Accident to Uber or Lyft
The moments after you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft crash can be overwhelming and scary. Depending on your injuries, you may or may not be able to remove yourself from the vehicle. If you can’t, it’s important to wait for emergency services to arrive.
Once you’ve sought treatment, you’ll need to report the incident to the applicable rideshare company. Both companies allow you to report accidents through their apps. Once you do, it’s likely a company representative will be in touch to collect a statement from you. It’s important to be careful what you say because you don’t want to jeopardize your chances of recovering full compensation later.
You’ll also want to report the accident to the police. Depending on the severity of the crash, they could arrive at the scene. If they do, you’ll want to tell them what you remember and nothing more. Do not speculate, as that could also jeopardize your claim. If the police do not respond to the incident, you should call and file an official report on your own to document the crash.
Why Hire a Rideshare Attorney?
While Uber or Lyft may express their sympathies after your accident, it’s important to know they are not on your side. Their goal and the goal of their attorneys and insurance adjusters is to protect their bottom line. If you choose to represent yourself, you risk devaluing your claim and losing out on the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
There are many reasons why you should consider working with a rideshare lawyer after an Uber or Lyft accident. To start, it can be challenging to navigate the insurance process. Uber and Lyft have complicated insurance policies that limit when their coverage applies. It all has to do with what their driver was doing at the time of the accident. To ensure your claim is not swept under the rug because of a technicality, our attorneys can help.
There’s also the matter of understanding the claims process. When you file an injury claim after an accident, you will likely be basing that claim on the legal concept of negligence. To do that successfully, you need to prove four elements, including owed duty of care, breach of duty, injuries, and economic losses. Your lawyer will make the process easier by conducting a thorough investigating.
Finally, your attorney will be able to clearly and concisely value your claim. Your claim is worth more than just your medical bills and lost wages. Your life was upended the moment that accident happened. To achieve maximum compensation, your lawyer will look into the severity of your injuries, how long they will impact you, and how your life has changed in order to seek non-economic damages.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
At the Rideshare Law Group, our attorneys believe accident victims deserve the best chance at recovery. If you are dealing with medical bills and other losses after a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need help from our Louisiana rideshare accident lawyers.
When you get in touch with our law firm, we’ll work to schedule a free case evaluation with you so we can go over what you’ve been through and advise you on how best to proceed. If you choose to move forward with a claim, we can guide you through the process and fight for your right to full and fair compensation. Contact us today to learn more.