Rideshare services are popular in Virginia, especially in the more populated areas. All over the state, residents and visitors use services like Uber and Lyft to get to where they need to go in a cost-efficient and relatively quick manner. If you’ve used a rideshare company in Virginia, you were likely in one of the following areas:
- Newport News
- Virginia Beach
In the event rideshare trip ended in injury, our Virginia rideshare accident lawyers are here to help. The Rideshare Law Group specializes in Uber and Lyft accident claims. We believe crash victims deserve the best chance at recovery, which often means taking legal action against the at-fault party to seek compensation for injuries and losses.
Common Rideshare Accident Injuries
Auto accidents can result in all types of injuries. Rideshare accidents are no different. Your injuries will likely be based on the severity and type of crash, how fast the cars were traveling at the time of impact, and your health condition prior to the accident.
For example, injuries are likely to be more extreme if you’re involved in a high-speed head-on collision than if you’re sideswiped in slow-moving traffic. Either way, it’s important to have your injuries treated as soon as possible.
Some of the injuries we see our clients having to recover from include broken bones, bruises, lacerations, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and burns. For luckier individuals, a trip to the emergency room is all they need to have their injuries tended to. However, for others with serious injuries, they could be looking at weeks or months in the hospital, going through surgeries, physical therapy, and more.
Medical bills, even for minor injuries, can add up quickly. The only way to ensure you receive what you need to get your life back in order is to take legal action.
The Types of Uber and Lyft Accidents Victims
The type of victim you are in a crash will play a role in determining what party you seek compensation from. In most rideshare accidents, there are three possible victims:
- Passengers. When a rideshare passenger is in a crash, they have the ability to pursue a claim against the associated company. Both Uber and Lyft have $1 million/per accident insurance coverage.
- Pedestrians. Pedestrians are at risk from cars on sidewalks, in crosswalks, and when walking in or near the road. Rideshare drivers who are more focused on their navigation could strike a pedestrian, resulting in serious or fatal injuries.
- Drivers. It’s possible to be involved in an Uber or Lyft accident as another driver. For example, when rideshare drivers are negligent or in a rush, they could collide with another car. If you’re the other driver, you can pursue a claim, but it may only be against the rideshare driver’s insurance company.
No matter your role, your attorney can calculate what you’re owed and ensure your receive compensation from the driver, company, or both—depending on the situation.
Safety Tips for Rideshare Passengers in Accidents
If you’re involved in an accident, it’s important to know what to do to not jeopardize your future claim. For starters, if you didn’t immediately seek medical attention after the crash, do so as quickly as possible. Not only do you need to ensure you have any injuries treated, but you also want to make sure you have an accurate record of the harm the accident caused. Then, your lawyer can use that to prove your injuries and value your claim.
When you first meet with your lawyer, you’ll want to tell them as much as you can remember. Give them contact information for others involved and tell your side of the story. Avoid speculating, as your lawyer’s investigation will reveal what happened and why.
As your claim progresses through the legal system, make sure you continue to follow your doctor’s guidance. If you ignore their advice, you risk having your claim rejected and worsening your injuries.
Get Help From the Rideshare Law Group
No matter the extent of your injuries and losses or the circumstances surrounding the accident, you deserve compensation if your driver or the rideshare company was at fault for what happened. However, the claims process can seem intimidating, especially if you’re looking at going up against Uber and Lyft. Fortunately, our Virginia rideshare accident lawyers are prepared to take your case on and fight on your behalf for a fair settlement agreement or verdict.
The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the earlier we can schedule a free case evaluation and get you on the fast track to recovery. We’ll investigate your claim, determine what you’re owed, and handle all paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies. If we need to pursue your claim in court in front of a judge or jury, we’ll guide you through that process too. Contact us today to learn more.