Today, more people are choosing to use a rideshare company to help them reach their destination. Although rideshare transportation is affordable and convenient, it does come with risks. If an accident occurs, you can quickly become injured (as you have no control over the vehicle). Furthermore, your injuries may cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost pay.
If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident, then contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. You may be entitled to a fair settlement for all damages you incurred. Call our law firm today at (888) 612-7001 and feel free to ask your questions and discuss your personal injury case.
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Uber and Lyft Offer Rideshare Accident Insurance Coverage
According to South Carolina’s Transportation Network Company (TNC) Act, all TNC (A.K.A., rideshare) companies are required to carry a minimum amount of insurance to cover all applicable damages after a rideshare accident. To meet minimum requirements, both Uber and Lyft carry a comprehensive insurance package for drivers, passengers, third-party drivers, or other relevant parties.
The insurance coverage can include the following elements.
Third-party liability: In the event that the driver was available or waiting for a ride request when the accident occured:
- $50,000 in bodily injury per person
- $100,000 in bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 in property damage per accident
Third-party liability: In the event that the driver was en route to pick up riders and during trips when the accident occured.
- $1,000,000 third-party liability
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury
- Contingent comprehensive and collision
Keep in mind that coverage for passengers or third-party victims only applies if we can demonstrate that the driver was working while operating the vehicle. Our lawyers must show that the driver turned the app on, and that they were connected to the rideshare company’s network. This makes Uber or Lyft liable for your injuries and subsequent damages.
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Responsible Parties in a Rideshare Accident Case
It is easy to assume that the driver is liable in a rideshare accident. After all, they are responsible for your safety. However, there are a wide variety of factors that could have caused a rideshare accident. Our law firm has worked with clients in cases involving the following parties.1
Negligent or Reckless Driver
Rideshare drivers are always in a race against time. The faster they drive, the more passengers they pick up. This push for efficiency can lead to accidents, however. The driver may have been distracted, driving too fast, or weaving in and out of traffic en route to the destination. If so, the driver is responsible for the accident.
Defective Auto Part
Bad brakes, poor headlights, or a blown tire may have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. If so, the manufacturer or part designer may be liable for the accident. In these types of cases, Uber and Lyft are not responsible for your injuries. We can sue the manufacturer to recover your losses.
Other Third Parties
Once you investigate your accident, we may discover that a third-party was responsible for causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Third parties can include other drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists. Your North Myrtle Beach Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can submit an accident claim against the third-party’s insurance company.
Regardless of who is responsible for the rideshare accident, we can take on your case and pursue compensation from the at-fault party (or parties). To find out more about how to establish fault and liability for your injuries, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers and get a free case review.
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Evidence That Could Be Useful in Your Rideshare Accident Case for Compensation
To win your case, our law firm must prove that another party is responsible for the accident which caused your injuries and other damages. We will conduct a thorough investigation to obtain evidence of fault and liability. Evidence that could support a personal injury case may include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Photos or videos
- Expert reports
- Medical reports
- The rideshare operator’s driving record
- Other clues at the scene of the accident
- Accident or police reports
We use the evidence to build a case against the at-fault party. We can prepare all evidence and submit it to the insurance company for review.
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Damages You Can Claim in a Rideshare Accident Case
One of the benefits of working with a rideshare accident lawyer is that you can find out what your case is actually worth, instead of settling for the insurance company’s initial settlement offer. Our legal team will explore all of your damages to determine how the accident affected all areas of your life. Damages we look at include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Physical suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of joy of life
If you lost a loved one in a rideshare accident, your family may be able to sue Uber or Lyft and claim wrongful death. You may be entitled to recover losses such as burial expenses, lost income, medical expenses prior to death, or pain and suffering of the victim. We can recover your losses, allowing your family to grieve for your loss.
Get Help from the Firm of a North Myrtle Beach Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer Today
You should not have to pay for someone’s negligence or reckless behavior after a rideshare accident. A rideshare accident lawyer in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can help you see that justice is served if you were injured.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is here to defend your rights and help you negotiate a fair settlement. Your free case review is just a phone call or a click away.
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