In every state across the United States, ridesharing has become widely popularized. Many people use ridesharing as a way to get from one place to another, from those who use it as transportation to and from work, to those who use it to get home after a night out with friends. If you have been injured at the hands of a driver who you allege works for a ridesharing company, you might wonder how you can move forward with your claim for compensation.
Over the past few years, with the rise of ridesharing companies and gaining popularity, the amount of injuries and fatalities occurring due to these accidents has vastly increased. Thousands of people now engage in ridesharing at any given time, which means that there should be certain protections offered to those who utilize these services.
Liability in Your Rideshare Accident Case
The incidents of ridesharing accidents are on the rise, which means that many companies like Uber and Lyft are working to ensure that passengers are protected from harm as much as possible. Many of these ridesharing companies are now being forced to cover insurance coverage in the event of an accident, with many taking on no less than $250,000 per incident for liability, property damage, and those who have no insurance or little insurance. Other companies have moved forward with a $1 million liability insurance policy to protect passengers.
You might ask, What’s the issue? The truth is, that might sound like a lot of money, but what is $1 million when you are paralyzed or left with other permanent injuries that will require multiple surgeries, lifetime therapy, and even hospitalizations? Within a few year’s time, that $1 million might not be enough. This is why, if you have been injured at the hands of a ridesharing driver, it is time to speak with an attorney about your accident and holding a rideshare driver liable for their negligent acts.
Bringing a personal injury claim against a major company might be a scary prospect, especially when big-name insurance companies and attorneys are working against you during this desperate time. These cases can become entirely complex, especially when you attempt to bring a claim, only to discover that the rideshare company considers the driver an independent contractor and not an actual employee, which could make it nearly impossible for you to bring a claim against the corporation. With the driver unable to help with your bills, you might be left in a difficult position after your claim.
After an accident, documenting as much information as you are able is one of the best things that you can do. Documenting your case comes down to aspects like collecting information from witnesses at the scene, contacting the police so that you can get started on your police report, and receiving medical attention that can help you in the future of your claim.
If you have been injured in an accident that took place at the hands of a negligent driver, it is time to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney you can trust. At Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, we have stood by the sides of many people who have been injured in accidents and want to help you in the midst of your accident case. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you at (304) 713-2014.