S.C. Ann. Code § 58-23-10 has been enacted to create practices and regulation for ridesharing (called transportation network companies [TNC]). Laws are designed to increase accountability for drivers and companies – and protect the rights of victims in rideshare accidents.
Therefore, if you were injured in a rideshare accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to know your rights and explore your legal options. The North Charleston Uber and Lyft rideshare attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you get started with your personal injury claim.
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How to Get Started with Your Rideshare Accident Case
After a rideshare accident, you may have no idea how to approach your case. The rideshare company’s insurance provider may attempt to contact you and offer a quick settlement. Instead of settling, however, you may want to investigate all issues surrounding the case, such as:
- How the accident occurred
- Which party or parties are liable for the crash
- The extent of your personal or financial losses
- Your legal options
So, before you speak with the insurance company, contact our law firm. We can meet with you to discuss your case and determine how you should proceed with your accident claim. We can also assess all damages to find out what your case is worth.
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Understanding Uber and Lyft Accident Insurance Coverage
Uber and Lyft provide comprehensive accident insurance coverage through third-party insurance companies. Their policies are designed to handle damages like lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and family expenses in wrongful death cases. Here is a breakdown of the types of coverage that may be relevant in your case.
What You Need to Know About Uber’s Insurance Policy for Car Accidents
Uber and Lyft provide car accident insurance for their drivers:
Third-party liability, when the driver is available or waiting for a ride request:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
This policy applies if the driver’s personal insurance refuses to cover the accident.
Third-party liability, when the driver is en route to pick up riders and during trips:
- $1,000,000 third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
To find out more about what coverage is available and what you are entitled to receive from Uber or Lyft, contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Get a free case review when you call (843) 628-0100.
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Proving Liability in a Rideshare Accident Case
To win your case, your North Charleston Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer must establish that another party is responsible for the accident. Negligent parties in a rideshare accident case may include the following.
The Rideshare Driver
For Uber or Lyft to be liable for damages, the rideshare driver must have their app on and be connected to the company’s business network. If this was the case when your collision occurred, we must determine that the driver was negligent or driving recklessly at the time. The driver may have been intoxicated or distracted, thereby causing the accident.
Uber and Lyft drivers are not always responsible when accidents occur. Third-party drivers, cyclists, passengers, or pedestrians may have caused the rideshare driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. A third party could be liable for some (or all) damages that you incurred after the accident.
Your car accident lawyer in North Charleston will identify every party that shares responsibility in your accident to hold them accountable.
Drivers are responsible for keeping their vehicles safe to ride in. However, drivers have no control over a manufacturer’s decision to sell a part or vehicle with a defect. Bad brakes, headlights, or tires can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. In these types of cases, our law firm would pursue compensation from the auto part or vehicle manufacturer.
We will conduct an extensive investigation to establish the at-fault party and hold them accountable for all damages. Our legal team may obtain evidence such as video footage, eyewitness statements, expert witness testimony, police reports, or medical documents. Our goal is to see that justice is served and that the guilty party pays for your injuries.
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Compensation You Can Receive in a Rideshare Accident
How much your case is worth depends on:
- The circumstances of the accident
- Which party was at fault
- The extent of all damages
We calculate the value of your case based on the following criteria.
Medical expenses may make up the majority of all damages and might cost you thousands of dollars in treatment. You may be able to claim ER visits, surgery, hospital stay, doctor visits, prescriptions, or long-term care. Make sure you keep all medical documents, as we can use them to build your case.
If you have been out of work for several weeks due to your injuries, you may have lost thousands of dollars in pay. Working with your employer, we can recover your lost wages, benefits, bonuses, tips, retirement, disability. We may be able to pursue other forms of lost income, as well.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering includes the physical pain or emotional distress you encountered over the long period of your recovery. While it is impossible to calculate an exact amount to add your claim, we can assess the ways in which you have suffered since the rideshare accident.
Do not accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer. Let our law firm review your case to determine what your accident claim is really worth. We will fight for a fair settlement based on all economic and non-economic damages.
Get Started with Your Rideshare Accident Case Today
If you are suffering from physical or emotional distress after a rideshare accident, then contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. Let a North Charleston Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer firm go after Uber or Lyft to recover your losses on your behalf.
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