Services like Uber and Lyft are located throughout North Carolina, including cities like Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Outer Banks, Raleigh, and Wilmington. When you order a rideshare vehicle, you expect to be picked up, transported, and dropped off safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. If you’ve been involved in a crash, the North Carolina rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can help.
The aftermath of any car accident can be traumatic, but the situation can be even harder to deal with when it involves a rideshare company. Because of that, it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced Uber and Lyft accident attorney. They will be able to advise you of what’s best and how you can go about seeking compensation for your losses.
Common Types of Uber & Lyft Accidents
The majority of rideshare accidents are the result of distracted driving. Uber and Lyft drivers have the added tasks of constantly watching their GPS and monitoring their rideshare app, which creates an inherently more distracting driving environment than what regular drivers experience. Because of that, certain accidents are more likely to occur during a rideshare trip. Some of the most common types of crashes we see include the following:
- Rear-End Collisions. Rear-end collisions happen most often at stop signs and traffic lights. If an Uber driver is focused on their phone when approaching a light that’s changing from green to yellow and red, they may fail to brake properly and strike the vehicle in front of them.
- Intersection Crashes. Similar to rear-end accidents, intersection crashes often happen when a Lyft driver fails to abide by the traffic signs and signals around them. If, for example, they are trying to complete as many rides as possible in a given period of time, they could start to speed and drive recklessly. If they do that through an intersection, they risk getting into an accident with another vehicle.
- Single Vehicle Accidents. Single vehicle accidents happen when one car hits an immobile object or a parked car. These tend to occur in parking lots and on tight streets. Even when other vehicles aren’t involved, a single-vehicle crash can result in serious injuries.
No matter what type of accident you’ve been involved in, you deserve the best chance at recovery. To get started with your case, one of our North Carolina rideshare attorneys can investigate what happened before, during, and after the crash to determine who to hold accountable for your suffering.
Investigating a Rideshare Accident
No matter whether you’re involved in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver, the process after the accident is fairly similar. In both instances, you have to evaluate your physical and mental state, contact the police, seek medical treatment, and notify the applicable rideshare company. Once that has been taken care of, a lawyer can determine if you have grounds for a rideshare accident claim.
Before Uber or Lyft will negotiate or offer any type of settlement, they will investigate the crash. While they will likely collect copies of the police report, it will be your responsibility to obtain and submit documentation for your injuries and losses. This could include medical records, hospital statements, and receipts. In addition to that documentation, you will also likely need to provide the drivers’ names and contact information, location of the crash, insurance information from the involved drivers, road conditions, time of day, vehicle information, and any witness information.
The rideshare company will conduct an investigation to determine what happened. You may or may not agree with their findings, which is why you will want your attorney to do an independent investigation. You can use their findings to attempt to negotiate a full and fair settlement offer.
Filing a Rideshare Accident Lawsuit in North Carolina
In the event you are unable to reach a fair settlement agreement with Uber or Lyft, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit. While filing your case in court will extend how long it takes to resolve your legal issue, it may be the only way to ensure you receive the monetary award you need to recover.
Your lawyer will help you with the lawsuit process, which will involve filing a complaint, discovery, and trial. At any point in the process, the rideshare company can try to settle and end the case, but you do not have to agree to the terms if you believe you are owed more. Depending on the situation, it could ultimately be up to a judge or jury to decide what happens with your lawsuit.
While the trial process can seem overwhelming, it’s much easier to manage with an attorney by your side. Instead of figuring out what’s next or what you need to do, your lawyer will guide you through the process, fight on your behalf, and do what it takes to get you what you need to get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be dealing with extensive medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. Fortunately, you do not need to deal with those losses on your own. The North Carolina rideshare accident lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can explain your legal rights and options and help you make the best decision for yourself, your family, and your future.
The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances are of making a full recovery. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing rideshare accident victims across the country, and we’re ready to take your case on next. Contact us today for more information.