While rideshare services help people get to where they need to be, especially in terms of commuting, running errands, and getting around town on nights out, not all Uber and Lyft drivers are safe. If you’ve been involved in a crash, our Oregon rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
Rideshare accidents can result in serious injuries, missed time from work, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. Our attorneys believe victims deserve the best chance of recovery. Oftentimes, that means seeking compensation from the at-fault party. If you are wondering if you have a valid claim, we can evaluate your situation and help you determine how best to proceed.
The Different Rideshare Accident Victim Identities
While the victim of a rideshare accident is often a passenger, that’s not always the case. Your identity in a crash will have an impact on your claim, as well as who you can hold accountable for your injuries. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, you were likely in one of the three following positions:
- Rideshare Passenger. You are considered a rideshare passenger once you have ordered a ride, gotten into the driver’s car, and are on your way to your destination. In this situation, the rideshare company’s insurance policy will likely apply to any injuries and losses.
- Pedestrian. If you’re walking or riding a bike while you’re hit by a rideshare vehicle, determining who to hold accountable can be challenging. While it’s more than likely you will file a claim against the driver’s insurance company, it’s possible you could pursue a claim against the rideshare company in certain situations.
- Driver. If you’re driving and are hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, you will most likely need to pursue a claim against the driver’s personal auto coverage.
No matter your crash identity, our rideshare attorneys are prepared to guide you through the legal process and fight on your behalf for full and fair compensation.
FAQs About Rideshare Accidents in Oregon
When clients come to use after a crash, they often have similar questions. This is because accident victims often have a lot in common and are facing the same tribulations. We’re here to answer those questions and provide quality legal guidance. Some of the questions you may ask yourself include the following:
What Should I Do After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
The best thing you can do for yourself and your future after an Uber or Lyft crash is to seek medical attention. Even if you aren’t experiencing serious pain or don’t see visible injuries, you could still be hurt. Seeing a doctor will not only ensure you are treated for any injuries, but you will also have a record of the physical damage the crash caused.
In addition to seeking medical attention, it’s important to get in touch with a rideshare attorney. Doing so will improve your chances of receiving the total compensation you need to get your life back in order.
How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim in Oregon?
Every state establishes a different length of time you have to pursue legal action, referred to as a statute of limitations. In Oregon, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. In the event that the deadline passes, you will not be able to take further action, and you will be ineligible for compensation.
How Do I Determine Who to Hold Accountable for My Injuries?
While most car accident victims look to hold the allegedly at-fault driver accountable for their injuries, rideshare crashes are unique in that you may want to hold the company responsible too. This is especially true in instances where the driver was not qualified to transport you.
How Are Injury Claims Valued?
Rideshare accident claims are based on your economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses are those that are calculable, like hospital bills, lost wages, and property damage. Your lawyer will collect bills, receipts, and other applicable statements to determine what you’re owed. In addition to economic losses, your lawyer will also look at your noneconomic damages, which are based on more subjective losses, like pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Totaling that figure will be based on how severely your life has been impacted by the accident.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
No matter what injuries or damages you’re dealing with after a rideshare accident, our Oregon rideshare accident lawyers are here to help. We can answer any questions you may have about your legal rights and options and help you pursue an injury claim if that’s what you feel is in your best interest.
If you plan to take legal action, it’s best to get in touch with the Rideshare Law Group as soon as possible. The earlier you get in, the better your chances are of pursuing a successful claim. To learn more, contact us today.