If you or a loved one have been in a ridesharing accident and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help. An accident that involves a ridesharing service can bring some unique complications to the table, but having a Miami ridesharing accident lawyer on your side could prove beneficial. Call (800) 598-7557 for a free consultation and see how we can assist you with your case.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Distracted Driving: Drivers have to keep their eyes on the road, but many potential distractions could momentarily divert a driver’s attention away from this crucial task. The radio, a phone call, or other passengers in the car can all cause distractions that may lead to an accident.
Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to accidents. One of the selling points of ridesharing services is that they could potentially help reduce these types of incidents by giving impaired people easy access to a driver who can get them home safely.
Drowsy Driving: Driving while tired can also lead to accidents. According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, thousands of crashes are caused each year by drowsy drivers. Drivers who are behind the wheel for many hours per day and drivers who drive late at night, between midnight and six in the morning, are especially affected.
Reckless Driving: Ignoring road signs, speeding, or aggressive driving can lead to accidents. Reckless behavior from one driver puts all other drivers on the road at risk.
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Ridesharing May Lead to More Auto Accidents
Proponents of ridesharing services believe that they can keep the roads safer by keeping inebriated or impaired drivers off of the road. Some studies, however, have shown that the rise of ridesharing services have actually led to an increase in auto accidents. A research paper published by the University of Chicago, titled “The Cost of Convenience: Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities,” takes a look at U.S. cities that now have ridesharing services. The introduction of ridesharing led to an increase in the accident rate, from two accidents per 100,000 people to around 3.5 accidents per 100,000 people.
U.S. News & World Report arrived at a similar conclusion. More people are turning to ridesharing services instead of driving impaired, which has resulted in a reduced number of drunk driving accidents. Unfortunately, the data also shows that other types of accidents are actually on the rise. This can be partially attributed to distracted drivers and pedestrians, who are using apps to connect to each other, and the fact that some ridesharing drivers may be less experienced when it comes to navigating city driving conditions.
If you have been injured in an accident that involves a ridesharing service, a Miami ridesharing accident lawyer can review your case and may be able to help you pursue monetary damages.
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Types of Recoverable Damages
Monetary awards that may be pursued include but are not limited to:
Medical Costs: A car accident can cause all sorts of injuries, from concussions and whiplash to broken bones. If you have medical costs relating to your accident, including hospital bills, you may be entitled to damages.
Lost Wages: If you or a loved one suffer an injury that keeps you out of work for an extended period of time, you are likely to miss a few paychecks. You can pursue compensation for those wages that you missed out on due to your ridesharing accident.
Reduced Earning Potential: Suffering an injury that leaves you with permanent damage could affect your ability to do your job, reducing your future earning potential. If your ability to do your job or advance in your career is affected by your ridesharing accident, you should call our office for a free consultation.
Loss of Enjoyment: An injury that leaves lasting damage may affect more than your ability to work. It may also prevent you from taking part in activities you once enjoyed. If you can no longer participate in sports or hobbies, loss of enjoyment may be considered when you pursue damages.
Wrongful Death: If a loved died due to a ridesharing accident, you may be able to sue for wrongful death. If they were a breadwinner, contributing significantly to the household income, you may be entitled to monetary damages in addition to awards for pain and suffering.
Pain and Suffering: These damages cover any other pain and suffering you or a loved one experienced due to a ridesharing accident.
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How a Ridesharing Lawyer Can Help You
A Miami ridesharing accident lawyer can help you by handling all aspects of your case. A lawyer will:
Find the Liable Parties
Your lawyer can find the liable parties who are responsible for the injury suffered by you or your loved one, whether that is the driver of the rideshare vehicle, the ridesharing company itself, or someone else.
Your lawyer can gather the evidence needed to show why one or multiple parties were liable for your injury. They can talk to eyewitnesses, look at police reports, and gather any other kind of evidence that shows why you deserve compensation.
Handle All Communications
Your ridesharing accident lawyer can talk to all of the involved parties for you. You don’t have to worry about speaking to anyone else, and you will hear when there is news of your case, like a settlement offer.
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Contact Us for a Free Consultation
A Miami ridesharing accident lawyer can be invaluable. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a free consultation at (800) 598-7557 today. Remember that we do not charge you until you receive a settlement or award. Do not delay, because legal time limits apply in filing your case.
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