Rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, offer quick and convenient ways to get around town—whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or having a night out. Many drivers are safe behind the wheel and get their passengers where they need to go. When that doesn’t happen, and it’s because the driver was negligent, our South Dakota rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
You can find rideshare services throughout South Dakota, but it’s most popular in the following cities.
- Rapid City
- Sioux Falls
No matter where your crash happened, you deserve the opportunity to recover and move forward. Before we talk about your legal options, let’s take a look at how a rideshare accident can affect your life.
The Consequences of a Rideshare Accident
In a matter of seconds, an Uber or Lyft accident can completely upend your life. While physical injuries are often thought of first when dealing with the consequences of a car accident, that is often only where the problems begin. Victims are also often tasked with handling psychological trauma and unexpected financial losses.
In regard to physical injuries, a rideshare crash can cause many. The type of accident and the severity of the collision will have an impact on how bad victims’ injuries are. Injuries considered “milder” include some soft tissue injuries, sprains and strains, and bruises. More serious injuries are broken bones, head trauma, back injuries, and burns. Some accident victims may be able to return home after being treated by a doctor, while others will require admission and extensive care for some time.
After some time has passed, accident victims may start to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is especially true if the crash resulted in severe or fatal injuries. Signs include sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, changes in eating habits, mood swings, etc. In some instances, victims may benefit from seeking clinic help from a licensed psychologist.
Accidents are likely to result in a variety of financial losses. While medical bills and lost wages are most commonly thought of, you could also be dealing with property damage. Fortunately, your lawyer can evaluate your claim, determine what it’s worth, and fight on your behalf for a full recovery.
Investigating an Uber or Lyft Crash
Investigating an Uber or Lyft crash is different from a traditional car accident in that you need to determine who the negligent party is. While you might automatically assumer it’s the driver, there’s a chance the rideshare company could be at fault.
To determine what happened and why your lawyer will examine accident reports and collect evidence. Depending on the situation, there may be a police report your attorney can refer to. There’s also the rideshare company’s report of the accident, as well as any involved insurance companies.
When it comes to collecting evidence, your lawyer will look at your medical records, hospital billing statements, lost wage statements, photos and videos of the accident, witness statements, and more to get a clear picture of what happened. Once your attorney has a solid idea of what happened, they can work on valuing your claim.
Types of Compensation for Rideshare Accident Victims
Victims of rideshare accidents may be able to seek compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses are those that are based on calculable expenses, like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Your lawyer will gather applicable statements, bills, receipts, and more to calculate your economic damages.
Noneconomic damages are harder to calculate, as they’re based on individual pain and suffering. To determine a fair amount, your lawyer will look at how severely your life has been and will continue to be impacted, as well as what similar cases have settled for in the past.
While many rideshare claims settle through negotiations, there’s a chance you may need to pursue your claim in court to get what you deserve. If that’s the case, we’ll continue to stand by you and fight for a favorable verdict.
Seek Counsel From the Rideshare Law Group
If you’ve been injured in a rideshare crash, our South Dakota rideshare accident lawyers are here for you and ready to help you get your life back in order as quickly as possible. We understand the struggles you’re facing, and we firmly believe you deserve the best chance of recovery.
While pursuing an injury claim can seem challenging, our attorneys are well-versed in rideshare accidents and corresponding laws in South Dakota and across the rest of the country. The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances will be of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
To get started on your claim, schedule a free case evaluation with our lawyers today. We’ll review what you’ve been through, explain your legal rights and options, and help you make the best decision for your future. Contact us today to learn more.