You depend on rideshare drivers to get you to your destination safely. But what happens when a distracted or reckless driver gets into an accident, and you are severely injured as a result? Who pays for your injuries? One thing is for certain: you have the right to legal representation.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we believe that if you were injured in a rideshare accident, the at-fault driver or rideshare company should be held financially accountable for your losses. We are committed to holding the liable party in your case responsible for the cost of your economic and noneconomic damages.
If you were injured as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle and do not know where to turn, our Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyers in Newberry are here to help.
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Legal Options After a Rideshare Accident
If you have never been in a collision before, you may not know how to submit an insurance claim or who to talk to about your case. You may be intimidated at the idea of going up against a large company and their insurer. However, you have legal options.
You may choose to:
Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer
The rideshare company’s insurer will investigate the accident and either deny your personal injury claim or offer a settlement. You may choose to accept the insurer’s initial settlement and move on. However, you should be aware that the insurance company’s offer may not fully account for the cost of your damages. Your lawyer can advise you on the feasibility of any settlement offers that you receive.
Negotiate a Settlement
If the rideshare company does not offer a fair settlement deal, you may choose to move forward into the negotiations process. In an ideal situation, the rideshare company would offer you the amount of money you are looking for. However, if this does not happen, then you can file a lawsuit and present your case in court.
Consult with a Rideshare Accident Lawyer
At any point in the legal process, you can choose to work with a Newberry Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorney. They can advise you on any measures that could work to promote your case’s outcome and handle the obligations that go into negotiating a settlement.
You may want to work with a lawyer but have concerns about the cost of representation. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we help injured claimants on a contingency-fee basis. Call our legal team today to discuss our payment structures.
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Uber and Lyft Have Insurance Coverage Options
South Carolina Code of Laws § 58-23-1625 makes it mandatory for all rideshare companies to carry adequate liability insurance. Uber and Lyft provide comprehensive liability insurance that covers many types of damages.
If you were injured by a Newberry rideshare driver who was not actively transporting a passenger, but was awaiting a request, then both Uber and Lyft offer:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
If you were injured by a Newberry rideshare driver who was in the middle of completing a request, then Uber and Lyft offer $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage. They also offer uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury and contingent comprehensive and collision insurance with varying deductibles.
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Damages You Can Claim in a Rideshare Accident Case
If your case is successful, then you may be able to recoup the cost of various expenses as they relate to your situation. In filing a claim after your Uber or Lyft rideshare accident, you may be eligible to recover the cost of your:
Economic damages are losses that have a verifiable monetary value. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Diminished earning capacity
Your lawyer can use your health care invoices, employment records, and property damage receipts to calculate the cost of your economic damages.
These are losses that do not have a predetermined monetary amount. Certain details of your situation will determine how much these losses are worth. Examples of noneconomic damages include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental support
- Impaired quality of life
You may be able to recover additional damages to those listed here.
Wrongful Death Damages
In wrongful death cases, we understand that nothing can replace the loss of a loved one. However, your family may have the right to reclaim financial losses or expenses related to your loved one’s passing.
Damages in a South Carolina wrongful death case may include:
- Burial costs
- Funeral ceremony expenses
- Pre-death medical expenses
- Loss of household income
As your Newberry Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorneys, our goal is to help you recover the maximum compensation available based on your actual losses––not on what the insurance company is willing to offer. Let our law firm help you decide what your personal injury case is worth.
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Legal Services We Offer
Our law firm is prepared to handle all types of rideshare accident cases. Regardless of how the accident happened or who is at fault, we can investigate your personal injury claim, obtain evidence of fault and liability, and determine what your case is worth. Our lawyers can also negotiate a settlement and fight for fair compensation.
If the insurance company does not want to negotiate or offers a low settlement, you have the option of filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court. We can represent you throughout the entire litigation process. Let us go to work for you as you recover from your injuries.
Our Law Firm Is Here To Help You with Your Case
Whether you are just getting started with your case or have been denied by the insurance company, you deserve capable legal representation. A Newberry Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer is here to help you with your case. Get in touch with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers by calling or filling out our contact form to get started.
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