Ridesharing is one of the most popular ways to get around in many cities across the country. It’s easy to download a rideshare app and have a ride available for a small fee in a matter of moments when you’re not in the mood to find parking at a hot spot, when you’re going to enjoy a few cocktails, or when you don’t have a ride of your own. However, one thing many people fail to consider is what they’re getting into when they make the decision to get into a car owned by someone else operating under the use of a rideshare program.
What happens if you are involved in an accident and you are injured? Who is responsible for this kind of accident, and should you retain an attorney of your own? Do you even have the right to retain an attorney in a situation like this one? There are many questions and not always as many answers as you need when it comes to a situation like this. You don’t expect to be involved in an accident, and that means you might be caught off-guard and unprepared for all this.
Understanding Your Rights in a Rideshare
When you’re involved in an accident in a rideshare situation, you have rights. However, it’s not always as easy as you might imagine suing a major rideshare company. Rideshare companies work very hard with their own legal departments to protect themselves from situations just like this. Their drivers are independent contractors, and the companies make it very clear they are not responsible for the cost of an accident if the independent contractor is involved in one.
If you’re involved in a rideshare accident, you can sue the driver of the vehicle if the accident was their fault. If you and the rideshare driver were merely victims in an accident caused by someone else, however, you will sue the at-fault driver. No matter what happens in this situation, you have the right to hire an attorney to work for you.
What Your Attorney Will Do
Your attorney is going to hear your story, look for more evidence, take photos, and work to prove that you are the victim in this situation. The attorney will file a lawsuit to help you get the biggest payout possible to help with the damages you might incur in an accident in which you’ve been injured. These damages might include, but are not limited to, the following.
– Pain and suffering
– Medical bills for injuries sustained during the accident
– Future medical bills
– Loss of income
– Loss of earning potential
– Wrongful death
You have rights, and it’s time to call an attorney to ensure those rights are being recognized in the eyes of the law. If your driver was responsible for the accident, it might be possible to sue the rideshare company if you and your attorney can prove a few things. If the company failed to properly screen the driver to ensure they were a safe driver with a good record, you could sue the company and end up with a much more profitable payout.
Insurance companies work very hard to ensure they are able to pay you as little as possible. It’s not that they don’t feel bad for the injuries and life-changing financial problems you’re facing as a result of the accident, but they do need to cover their own assets and financials. It’s time for you to call an attorney and ask about your rights. The sooner you call an attorney the faster you may begin working on your case.
Your attorney will work to gather evidence when it’s still fresh, and they will also help you do all the right things along the way. They’ll make sure you seek medical attention right away, that you’re following doctor orders, not missing appointments, and not putting yourself in a situation in which your personal injury lawsuit might be jeopardized. It’s not a situation you might be able to handle without an attorney who is familiar with the ins and outs of the laws surrounding a rideshare accident situation.
Ridesharing is a fairly new concept in many areas, and that means the law is not always on your side. It’s still new, and that means laws are being made, put into effect, and amended regularly when a new and never-before-seen situation occurs. You have the right to call an attorney, and you should immediately use that right when an accident occurs.
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