Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are fast, convenient, and often cost-effective for people looking to get to work, run errands, or have a safe night out. Not every ride, however, goes as planned. In the event you’re injured in a crash, the Maine rideshare accident lawyers from Thomas Law Offices are prepared to help.
When you’re involved in a crash, the moments following are often overwhelming. You may have sustained injuries and need immediate medical attention. If you were the passenger of an Uber or Lyft, you might have no idea how the accident happened. But our Uber & Lyft attorneys know you are entitled to compensation for your losses. We’re here to help you file a claim, so you have the best chance at recovery.
Uber and Lyft Accidents in Maine
Uber and Lyft services are available throughout Maine but are primarily offered in areas with high populations. If you’ve ever used their services before, you know you order a ride through the app, get assigned a driver, and they pick you up and drop you off. While most rides end as they should, there are a number of those that do not. In Maine, some of the most common locations for Uber and Lyft activity include the following:
No matter where your accident happened, our rideshare attorneys are ready to help you take legal action for a crash that wasn’t your fault.
The majority of rideshare accidents are the result of negligent drivers. Your driver is responsible for getting you to your destination. When drivers ignore the rules of the road, text and drive, pay too much attention to their GPS, or drive aggressively, they increase the risk of causing an accident. Rideshare drivers are also at risk of fatigue if they stay on the road for too long, trying to make more money.
Investigating a Rideshare Accident
When a rideshare accident happens, a number of investigations will happen at the same time. First, the responding police will conduct their investigation to file an official police report. Once you report the incident to Uber or Lyft, their investigators try to determine what happened in why. Your lawyer will also conduct their own investigation of the accident to serve your best interests.
Your lawyer will be able to use the police report to aid in their research, but it’s unlikely the rideshare company will release their information until they have to. With Uber, for example, agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are in charge of figuring out what went wrong. These employees are coached by Uber to act in the company’s interest first—which means ahead of your safety. As a result, it’s unlikely they will be willing to negotiate a fair settlement with you.
Filing an Injury Claim
Once your attorney has investigated the wreck, it’s time to determine how you want to proceed. If you choose to move forward with a claim, your lawyer will likely build a case on the concept of negligence. This will involve providing either the driver or company owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, you were injured, and you suffered losses.
Once negligence is established, your attorney can value your claim. This will involve considering your economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses include calculable things like medical expenses and lost wages, while non-economic losses are for damages like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter what the value of your claim, your lawyer will ensure your damages are covered, and you receive enough to manage your losses.
As mentioned, Uber and Lyft aren’t always readily willing to negotiate a fair settlement offer and, depending on the accident and the companies’ policies, you could struggle moving past arbitration. If, however, filing a lawsuit in court is an option, your lawyer can help you move through the trial process and work to achieve a favorable verdict from a judge or jury.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
The sooner you get in touch with our Main rideshare accident lawyers after your crash, the better your chances will be of obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries. We understand the challenges of recovering from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, and we’re well aware of how intimidating it can be to go up against a company the size of Uber or Lyft. With our experience and resources, you won’t have to worry about the success of your claim.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and determine what you’re owed for your injuries and losses. We won’t stop fighting until you can rest assured you have access to the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact us today.