Uber and Lyft drivers are tasked with transporting passengers safely. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you’ll benefit from working with our Montana rideshare accident lawyers. At the Rideshare Law Group, we represent accident victims nationwide, and we’re prepared to take your case next. Some of the most common places rideshare crashes happen in Montana include the following cities:
- Great Falls
If your accident happened in one of those cities, our attorneys are here to explain your legal rights and options to you. There’s a chance, however, your crash could have happened elsewhere. If that’s the case, we can still help. Get in touch with our law firm to learn more about the benefits of seeking legal representation for an Uber or Lyft accident.
Common Rideshare Accident Injuries
The type of accident you’re in, the severity of the crash, and your prior health status all play a role in the injuries you sustain in a car crash. Some injuries, however, are more common than others, given the nature of wrecks.
We see clients deal with common injuries, including broken bones, bruises, soft tissue injuries, whiplash, burns, head trauma, and back injuries. Depending on the degree of your injury, you may require surgery or a hospital stay. Either way, you will likely need to take some time off from work to heal and focus on getting your life back in order.
Medical expenses add up quickly—especially when dealing with the aftermath of an emergency situation. In order to manage those bills, you can get help from a rideshare lawyer to ensure you’re on the best track to recovering that money.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Requirements in Montana
All states have minimum requirements when it comes to insurance coverage. In Montana, all vehicles operated on public roads have to be insured by a liability insurance policy that provides at least $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person, $50,000 for bodily injury or death of two persons, $20,000 for the destruction of property. Rideshare drivers also have the option of purchasing additional coverage that applies specifically to their job.
In addition to the driver’s personal coverage, which will likely be applied to any accident first, Uber and Lyft have insurance policies that kick in when the app is on, and a driver is picking up or transporting passengers. As an accident victim, it can be confusing trying to determine what policy applies to your accident and how you should go about receiving that coverage.
When you work with a rideshare lawyer from the Rideshare Law Group after an accident in Montana, they will be able to explain to you what coverage applies to your situation and how you can go about receiving the compensation you need to get your life back together as quickly as possible.
Types of Compensation for Rideshare Accident Losses
A car accident has the potential to result in a variety of damages, including those that are economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are those you can directly calculate, like lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. To tally up what you’re owed in terms of those financial losses, your lawyer will collect applicable statements and bills from you and determine what you could require in the future in terms of medical care.
Noneconomic damages are harder to calculate, as they’re based on more personal losses, like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. It’s likely that the more severe your suffering, the higher your noneconomic compensation will be. In addition to considering how your life has been affected, your attorney will also consider what similar claims have settled for in the past.
Depending on the situation, you may also be entitled to punitive damages—which serve to punish the at-fault party for gross negligence and discourage others from acting similarly in the future. Punitive damages are rare, but your attorney will tell you if they apply to your case.
Get Help From the Rideshare Law Group
When an Uber or Lyft accidents cause you injuries and losses, you can pursue a claim to seek compensation to help you recover. To maximize your chances of recovering fully, you’ll want to work with our Montana rideshare accident lawyers.
The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances will be of obtaining a favorable settlement. While most claims settle via negotiations, it’s important to know that you could be faced with taking your case to trial if reaching a fair settlement isn’t a possibility. If that happens, we’ll guide you through the trial process and fight for a fair verdict.
To learn more about your rights and options, click here to schedule a free case evaluation today. We’ll review what you’ve been through and help you determine how best to proceed to protect your family and your future.