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By now ridesharing is a common part of everyday life and Uber and Lyft are known and used by pretty much everyone. What most people don’t think about often is the possibility of being in an accident while riding in one of these vehicles.
The fact is, Uber and Lyft drivers get into accidents just like anyone else and the potential is there to be severely injured in an accident. After an accident it can be difficult to know what to do next or where to turn to get the help you need for your case. That’s where The Law Offices of John Phebus come in.
Call a Glendale Uber and Lyft accident attorney at (623) 847-7117 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. One of our experienced lawyers can get started on your case right away and begin the process of getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
It can be tempting to take the insurance company’s offer or to try and fight your case on your own after your accident. However, you need to know that you may not be fully aware of the extent of your injuries and how much they will affect your life.
You also need to know what kind of compensation is available for an Uber/Lyft accident case, as well as the specific procedures involved in filing a claim. This is why it’s so important to contact The Law Offices of John Phebus when you’ve been injured after an accident either while riding in an Uber or Lyft or even while driving one yourself.
The party at fault and their insurance company will offer you much less than your injuries are worth and certainly much less than it will take to make you whole. One of our lawyers can tell you what your case is worth and we will fight to get you what you deserve.
Having experienced legal help on your side will make the entire process of filing a claim and getting fair and adequate compensation much less stressful and one of our lawyers will be with you and fight for you throughout the entire process to make sure you get what you are owed for your injuries.
If you’re in a car accident as a driver or passenger in an Uber or Lyft, getting compensation for your injuries can depend on a variety of factors.
For starters, the amount of liability the driver has in a personal injury case is dependent on the status of the driver at the time of the accident. There are 3 status levels for the driver that determine liability. They are:
Drivers are covered by insurance through the rideshare company if they are employed directly by the company and have a corresponding amount of liability insurance coverage.
In some cases, however, the driver is considered an independent contractor and will likely have personal insurance coverage. If the driver is operating the vehicle on their own personal time, any insurance coverage is the responsibility of said driver.
The status of the driver may also be a determining factor in the amount of compensation that is able to be recovered. While most personal injury claims deal with the insurance company, in the case of personal liability, the individual may or may not have adequate insurance coverage and the ability to recover damages.
Many clients believe they are only entitled to compensation for medical bills or lost wages after their accident, but in fact there are many types of compensation that you may be eligible for depending on the nature of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
Medical Expenses – This can include things like doctor’s bills, hospital stays, therapy and rehabilitation, medication, long-term care and other expenses related to your recovery after your accident.
Property Damage – Damage suffered to personal property as a result of your accident, such as vehicle repair or replacement may also be eligible for compensation.
Lost Wages/Earning Potential – Any loss of employment, wages, or the ability to earn said wages after your accident may also be potential damages that can be claimed during your case. This applies to wages lost up to the trial date as well as any potential future loss as a result of injury.
Punitive Damages – These are a collection of damages a person is entitled to for their pain and suffering or a lowering of their quality of life. These are typically awarded not on a monetary cost basis, but on a discretionary basis by the judge or jury.
We know dealing with an accident or injury is a trying or difficult time. That’s why we believe no one should have to go it alone. You can call one of our accident attorneys at (623) 847-7117 or visit our contact page and fill out our convenient contact form for a free consultation to see what your case is worth and how we can help you get on the road to recovery.