Rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, are readily available in some of Utah’s more populated areas. If you live in, work in, or visit one of the following cities, it’s likely you have access to rideshare drivers:
- Park City
- Salt Lake City
While most rides go as planned, accidents can happen with the passenger arriving at their intended destination. If you’ve been injured in a crash, our Utah rideshare accident lawyers are here to help.
At the Rideshare Law Group, our attorneys are well-versed in rideshare accident laws and regulations. As a result, we can evaluate your situation, determine if you have grounds for a legal claim, and explain how to best proceed to obtain the compensation you need to get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
Common Types of Rideshare Accidents
While all different types of accidents are possible when any vehicles are involved, there are certain types that are more common with rideshare accidents because of the nature of the job as well as the common causes of crashes.
Many rideshare crashes are the result of fatigue, distracted driving, and reckless driving. Drivers who are looking to take as many rides as possible may work long into the evening and get tired.
Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is because the brain processes are similar.
When it comes to distracted driving, Uber and Lyft drivers have to regularly check their navigation systems and rideshare app. Unfortunately, if they are doing so while driving, they run the risk of getting into an accident.
Trying to get as many rides done as possible also presents the risk for reckless driving, like disobeying the speed limit, ignoring stop signs or traffic lights, and weaving in and out of traffic.
Those causes are directly related to the types of accidents rideshare drivers get into. The most common are rear-end collisions and intersection crashes. When a driver is disobeying the rules of the road or isn’t paying attention to what’s going on around them, they could hit the car in front of them. The same goes for falling asleep and driving through an intersection at the wrong time.
No matter the factors that resulted in your crash, our attorneys are here to help you get your life back in order as quickly as possible.
Determining Liability for an Uber or Lyft Crash
When it comes to rideshare crash liability, your attorney will first examine the driver and their actions. To be considered negligent, they would have needed to breach their duty to you and cause you injuries and losses.
Your lawyer will investigate the accident and determine how the driver breached their duty. Maybe they ran a stop sign or failed to yield on a ramp. Regardless your lawyer will collect the evidence needed to prove negligence. After they do that, they can start valuing your claim.
In some instances, the rideshare company may be responsible for the accident, like in the event the company negligently hired the driver. It can be more challenging to prove negligence against a rideshare giant like Uber or Lyft, but it’s not impossible. No matter who is at fault, your lawyer will fight on your behalf.
Benefits of Working With a Utah Rideshare Lawyer
While you have the right to pursue an injury claim on your own, it’s not advisable. Instead, working with a rideshare attorney will significantly improve your chances of pursuing a successful claim.
For starters, your attorney will be knowledgeable in regard to all the applicable laws and regulations. They will also be well aware of any deadlines your claim faces, like a statute of limitations. So while you focus on healing and taking care of yourself, your legal representative will handle all of the paperwork and keep you informed the entire time.
There’s also the matter of negotiations. Getting a fair settlement offer isn’t always easy. Your lawyer will present the evidence that backs up your case and explain why you are seeking the monetary award the two of you previously agreed upon. If a fair settlement isn’t a possibility through negotiations, your attorney will explain the lawsuit process to you and help you pursue a successful verdict from a judge or jury.
Contact the Rideshare Law Group
If an Uber or Lyft accident has turned your life upside down, our Utah rideshare accident lawyers are here to help. We understand the consequences that follow an accident. But you shouldn’t have to handle those alone.
While we focus on moving your claim forward and seeking compensation for your losses, you’ll have the ability to focus on healing. For more information on filing an injury claim or to get started, contact us today.