Uber and Lyft drivers should ensure that their passengers reach their destination safely. However, long shifts and late hours can often get to these drivers, causing them to make errors and cause crashes. If you were injured as a passenger in an Uber or you were hit by an Uber, contact a lawyer. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and lost wages, and the lawyers at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras might be able to help you with your case.
Our Towson Uber and Lyft accident lawyers represent injured passengers, drivers, pedestrians, and bikers in Uber and Lyft accident cases. We fight to get our clients compensation from Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies, and we work to hold the negligent drivers accountable. For your free case consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.
Suing Uber and Lyft for Accidents in Towson, MD
In most cases, you are entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver if you are injured in a crash. In Uber and Lyft crashes, the driver is individually responsible for any accidents and injuries they cause. Unlike taxi accidents where the taxi company might be held liable as well, Uber and Lyft drivers do not actually work for Uber or Lyft. As such, these companies usually avoid responsibility.
However, Uber and Lyft both have insurance policies that cover accidents involving their drivers. These policies cover all accidents that occur when a passenger is in the car. This means that if you were injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft, their insurance should cover your injuries. If you were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver while they were working, there should also be additional insurance coverage to pay for damages. However, if you were hit by an off-duty Uber or Lyft driver, the case will work like any other car accident case. That means you will have to rely on the driver and their individual insurance policy to pay for damages in a lawsuit.
Proving Fault in an Uber or Lyft Crash in Towson
Car accident victims can usually claim compensation from any driver who was responsible for the crash. If you were driving when an Uber hit you, that means you will need to prove that that Uber driver was at fault. The same is true if you were hit while walking on foot or riding a bike. If you were injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft, either your driver or the driver of the other car will be responsible. The court can divide liability among any and all drivers who shared fault, which usually makes your case easier if you were injured while riding as a passenger.
Violations of traffic laws or safe-driving rules could help prove fault. For instance, if your Uber driver was driving under the influence, ran a red light, or was speeding, the court might hold them at fault. Similarly, if the driver did not keep a proper lookout for bikes, pedestrians, or other cars, they may have caused the crash.
Your testimony, the testimony of any other people involved in the crash, and the testimony of any witnesses will supply evidence in your case. Additionally, photos of the scene of the crash, traffic camera footage, and other evidence can also help you prove your case. Medical bills, pay stubs, and other evidence documenting the expenses you faced will help prove how much your damages are worth.
Damages in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Towson, MD
When you sue for injuries, you can claim damages to cover your pain and suffering directly. These pain and suffering damages are not documented in any financial records, but your testimony can provide essential evidence of how much these damages are worth. If your injury kept you from participating in activities you used to enjoy, that can make these damages higher. Additionally, mental and emotional harm from the injuries can increase the cost of these damages, even if the physical pain is not too severe.
These damages are not usually available if you file an insurance claim. This means that the best way to get these damages covered might be to file a lawsuit against the Uber or Lyft driver.
When you claim damages in a lawsuit, you can also seek compensation for any economic harms the accident caused you. This can cover the cost of vehicle repairs or property damage, but compensation for medical bills and lost wages is often more vital. Damages for medical bills can pay for emergency treatment and ongoing treatment after an injury. Even medical transportation, rehabilitation, and physical therapy could be covered. Damages for lost wages can cover the paychecks you missed after the accident, including wages for missed work and reduced earning capacity you will face because of permanent disabilities.
In many cases, the defendant’s insurance company and legal team will work to settle the case at a low value. Your lawyer can help you determine whether a settlement value is fair and work to get full damages. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we can fight your case in court instead.
Call for a Free Case Consultation with Our Towson Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Victims of Uber and Lyft accidents are not usually able to sue Uber and Lyft for damages, but they can sue the at-fault driver. For help seeking damages for injuries after an Uber or Lyft accident, call the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our attorneys represent injured Uber or Lyft accident victims in the Towson area and across Maryland. Call our Towson Uber and Lyft accident lawyers today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free, confidential legal consultation.