Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are available nationwide. While they help people get from place to place, you often hear about accidents, assaults, and other incidents involving drivers on the news. Most rideshare trips go as planned, but if you’ve been harmed in a crash you believe your Uber or Lyft driver caused, our South Carolina rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
Our attorneys recognize the struggles that accident victims face in the days, weeks, and months following a wreck. If someone else is responsible for your injuries and losses, you shouldn’t have to worry about medical expenses, paying your bills, or putting food on the table. At the Rideshare Law Group, we help accident victims take legal action and seek compensation for their losses.
Rideshare Services in South Carolina
If you’re looking for private transportation options, there are a number of services available in South Carolina. While you can find rideshare companies and drivers throughout the state, some of the most popular cities for rides include the following:
- Myrtle Beach
While Uber and Lyft are undoubtedly the most popular rideshare services in South Carolina, residents and visitors also have access to Blacklane and traditional taxi services. Blacklane is different from Uber and Lyft in that it is considered a luxury car service.
Most individuals looking for a ride download the Uber or Lyft app, request a trip to their intended destination, and wait for the driver to arrive. Both apps have ways to confirm the driver and vehicle are correct prior to the passenger getting in the car. Even with a verified identity, there’s no way for the rider to know how their driver will act behind the wheel. In the event of an accident, injured victims should be aware of their rights and options.
Legal Actions for Uber & Lyft Accident Victims
Your legal rights and options after a rideshare accident will depend on a number of factors, including your losses, the severity of your injuries, and the evidence you have to prove negligence on behalf of the rideshare driver.
Your economic losses, meaning those that are calculable like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, can be totaled with receipts, billing statements, and other applicable documents. When it comes to non-economic damages, like those for pain and suffering, your attorney will consider how severely the crash has impacted your life.
When it comes to proving negligence, there are four elements: duty of care, breach of duty, injuries, and related losses. There are a number of rideshare accidents that could fulfill those elements. For example, rideshare drivers are tasked with keeping passengers safe as their duty of care. If they run a stop sign, that would be a breach of that duty. If you were injured due to that breach, you then have to prove those injuries resulted in losses—financial and otherwise.
Most Uber and Lyft injury claims resolve through arbitration or mediation. So, it’s more likely than not that your case would resolve via negotiations and a settlement offer. That, however, isn’t the only way cases can end. In the event you are unable to obtain a fair settlement offer, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit in court. While doing so will extend the life of your case, you will have the opportunity to present your case to a judge or jury for an official verdict.
The Benefits of Working With a Rideshare Attorney
Taking legal action after a rideshare crash can be complicated, especially when large companies like Uber and Lyft are involved. To maximize your chances of receiving full and fair compensation, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney.
When you first get in touch with the Rideshare Law Group, we’ll set up a meeting to discuss what you’ve been through. If you have a valid claim and wish to move forward after our initial discussion, we’ll explain what to expect when filing an injury claim.
Our investigation process could take some time, depending on the complexities of your claim. Once we have all the relevant information, we can focus on building your case and valuing your claim. When all the necessary paperwork has been filed, and we know how best to pursue your claim, we can enter into negotiations and fight for a fair settlement offer. If that’s not possible, we’ll be by your side through the entire lawsuit process.
Get Help From the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been injured in an Uber or Lyft crash, our South Carolina rideshare accident lawyers are here to help. The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances of pursuing a successful injury claim. If you’re ready to file your case or you’d like more information on your options, schedule a free case evaluation with us today. We’ll review what you’ve been through and help you decide how best to proceed to protect your future.