Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have changed the way we get around and made commuting more convenient for millions. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers can get into accidents like anyone else. To date, ridesharing services have increased the total number of fatal car accidents in the United States by an estimated 2-3% each year.
If you are involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may have a lot of questions. For instance, how do you file an insurance claim? Do you file against the driver, against the ridesharing company, or both? If you are injured, what is the best way to recover compensation for your medical bills? Can one individual take on a big ridesharing company and win?
A Tacoma ridesharing accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help answer these questions and more. Our firm will begin by offering you a free consultation to discuss your case and determine your legal options. We can then investigate your accident, calculate a fair value for your claim, and pursue financial compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free consultation, contact us today at (800) 598-7557.
Supporting Your Ridesharing Accident Case
When accidents are caused by a ridesharing driver’s negligence or wrongdoing, our job is to hold the responsible parties accountable. Part of this entails fighting for fair compensation to cover your losses and out-of-pocket expenses.
First, our team of Tacoma ridesharing accident lawyers will complete a thorough investigation of the accident and create a plan to build your case. Once you have initially filed a claim, we can manage all communications with the insurance companies involved from this point forward. We can also help you navigate Washington state law regarding percentage of fault, including Revised Code of Washington § 4.22.070, and work to prove that the other party is legally liable and should be held accountable for their actions.
A Tacoma ridesharing accident lawyer can also:
- Obtain evidence that supports your case
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Prove that negligence (as defined by the American Bar Association) existed during the accident
- Monetize your damages and determine fair value for your claim
- Negotiate a settlement for your claim
- File a potential personal injury lawsuit
These are just a handful of ways that Ben Crump Law, PLLC can serve you after a Tacoma ridesharing accident. Ultimately, our firm will fight for the best possible outcome as we seek justice on your behalf. Contact us today to get started.
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Determining Potential Compensation
Your damages from a ridesharing accident may be economical, non-economical, or they could derive from the loss of a loved one. A Tacoma ridesharing accident lawyer can pursue compensation based on the value of these damages through settlement negotiations with the insurance companies. If we are unable to secure a fair settlement, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and take your case to court.
Economic damages are awarded based on the monetary losses a person has suffered, which means there is a dollar amount attached to them. Examples of economic damages may include:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Limited earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
- Funeral and burial expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
Non-economic damages are harder to value because there is no monetary value attached to them. However, a Tacoma ridesharing lawyer can still help you pursue compensation for this type of damages. Examples of non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Worsening of previous injuries
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
A Tacoma ridesharing accident lawyer can review any documentation that proves your losses and/or out-of-pocket expenses. If you need help obtaining evidence, a lawyer can also assist with that process.
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Uber and Lyft’s Insurance Policies
Both Uber and Lyft list the insurance policies that cover their drivers, which are nearly identical between the two companies. However, when the driver of a ridesharing service has the app turned off and is involved in an accident, it is deferred to their personal insurance company to cover the accident.
Both Uber and Lyft include the following insurance coverages when drivers have the app turned on and are awaiting a ride request:
- $50,000 per person in bodily injury
- $100,000 per accident in bodily injury
- $25,000 per accident in property damage
When ridesharing drivers are on their way to pick up a passenger or are in the midst of transporting a passenger, both Uber and Lyft include $1 million in third-party liability insurance as well.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our mission is to help you secure fair compensation for your injuries. If we are unable to secure fair compensation in settlement negotiations, we can file a personal injury lawsuit and fight to settle your claim in court with a jury trial.
According to Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080, you generally have up to three years after the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. Gathering evidence, building your case, and negotiating a settlement can take several months, so time is of the essence. To get started, contact us today at (800) 598-7557.