Uber and Lyft services are available throughout Mississippi, making it easy for someone to get a ride to work or have a safe night out with friends. While most rideshare drivers are reliable and active behind the wheel, not all are. If you’re in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be eligible for compensation to manage your losses. Our Mississippi rideshare accident lawyers are here to explain your legal rights and options.
Mississippi Rideshare Laws and Regulations You Need to Know
Mississippi is one of the states that regulates Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services. House Bill 1381 puts the Insurance Department in charge of regulating all transportation network companies. Prior to the HB, rideshare services had been left up to individual cities.
Each transportation network company has to pay a $5,000 yearly license fee. In addition to that, each company or driver needs to have insurance coverage that covers passengers up to $1 million. Companies are also required to conduct criminal background checks on drivers and display a photo and the license plate number via the app before a passenger is picked up.
Depending on the cause of your accident, Mississippi’s rideshare laws could come into play with your claim. If, for example, the driver who caused your accident was not properly vetted before being allowed to pick up passengers and it’s discovered they have a history of traffic violations, the company could be held accountable for negligent hiring.
When you work with an attorney from the Rideshare Law Group, they will know which laws apply to your claim and how best to navigate the legal system to ensure you are on the right track.
How to Investigate a Rideshare Accident
Rideshare accidents can be challenging to investigate, as there are more factors to consider than traditional car accidents. When you work with an Uber & Lyft accident attorney, they will be able to conduct a thorough investigation to get down to the bottom of what happened and why, as well as what you’re owed.
When your lawyer starts their investigation, they will listen to what you experienced, take detailed notes, and collect any evidence you already have. That could include medical bills, hospital records, lost wage statements, photographs of the accident and your injuries, and contact information for any witnesses. Then, they will reach out to hose witnesses and consult the rideshare driver’s insurance company, as well as Uber or Lyft—depending on which company the driver was working for.
With the evidence your lawyer collects, they will be able to build a case on your behalf that proves the driver or company was negligent in some way and caused your injuries. Your lawyer will use your injuries and losses to calculate a fair settlement amount.
Tips for Uber & Lyft Accident Victims
If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, it’s important to understand what actions you should take and how they could impact your ability to recover complete compensation.
Immediately following an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention. Even if you feel okay, you could be suffering from injuries you can’t see, and they could worsen over time. Whether you are looking over by paramedics on the scene, you are transported to the hospital, or you have someone else take you to see a doctor, make sure you receive a comprehensive evaluation, as well as a diagnosis and treatment plan. Your lawyer will use your medical records to determine what you need to cover those related expenses.
As soon as you’re able to, record everything you remember about the incident. If relevant, start from the time of pick up. Make a note of the Uber driver’s actions and, if you can, take photos of the accident scene.
Remember to stay off of social media. While you will likely want to update everyone to let them know you are okay after the crash, keep the conversations offline. Anything you post online could be used against you—especially if what you’re posting makes your injuries seem less severe than they really are.
Once the dust has settled, it’s time to get in touch with a rideshare accident attorney. With the tips above in mind, you will be on your way to receiving an award that will cover all of the losses you experienced in your rideshare accident.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
As the victim of an Uber or Lyft accident, you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, our Mississippi rideshare accident lawyers are prepared to help. We can provide you with the legal guidance you need to make the best decisions for your future. If you choose to pursue an injury claim, we can walk you through the process and ensure you are on the best path to receiving the compensation you need to get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
The sooner you get in touch with the Rideshare Law Group, the better your chance are of making a full recovery. To get started with your claim, schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys today.