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In today's rapidly transforming economy, the convenience of technological advances has reduced the necessity for people to drive themselves, and has created more opportunities to have others drive for them. From ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, to delivery providers like UberEats and GrubHub, America's roadways are full of personal vehicles driven for commercial reasons. Unfortunately, a lot of these services can needlessly endanger our community and lead to considerable injuries as a result.
Dealing with large corporations by yourself can be difficult and is usually overwhelming. If you have been hurt by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you may be entitled to hold these companies accountable. The car accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm are experienced and prepared to fight on your behalf. Call us at (888) 744-5642 for a free consultation. If we don't reach a desirable result in your claim, you will not owe us anything.
Can Companies Be Held Accountable?
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries often attempt to classify their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not full-time employees for financial reasons and to evade liability. Nevertheless, when a motorist injures others while on duty, those companies may be held accountable under a legal theory called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously responsible for the injury their motorists cause while on the job. This means victims can seek actions directly against the companies, and against the motorist.
As more Americans today utilize delivery and ride-sharing services, the number of these cars on the road has drastically risen, as have the number of accidents these drivers have caused.
A few of the most common dangers linked to delivery and ride-sharing drivers include:
Thus, if a delivery or ride-sharing driver has caused you to be injured, both the motorist and the company whom she or he is working for might be accountable for your injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get?
A skilled attorney knows what evidence to utilize in order to pursue various damages that might increase your possible compensation. These include tangible losses such as property damage, medical bills associated with the treatment of your injuries, future lost income, disability, as well as "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can include the real pain experienced during medical treatments and surgeries incurred as a result of the collision, as well as emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the crash. Some accident victims find it harder to drive at ease after a roadway incident, and this difficulty and anxiety might be quantified into financial damages by your attorney.
A lawyer with experience handling similar cases may know which parties to take legal action against, including not only the motorist, but also the corporate company the motorist was working for, increasing your possible sources of compensation. Additionally, an attorney may perform an extensive investigation to acquire evidence that might help verify the suspected fault of the company and the motorist, and help prove your damages to the court and insurance companies.
What to Do After a Lyft Accident:
Record the Scene of the Collision
Make note of any details in order to preserve essential evidence useful in showing the delivery or ride-sharing driver's fault and demonstrating the full extent of your injuries. If you need any medical attention at a hospital as a result of the collision, the associated costs for these treatments might be sought from the responsible party by your attorney. This is very important, as medical costs can be astronomical, and sometimes future medical costs and treatments might be needed for your recovery.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer
A lawyer that has handled similar cases may help you know your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all applicable parties and the court. Additionally, your lawyer may perform in-depth investigations to acquire all possible evidence required in seeking your maximum compensation from the other parties.
Filing a Claim
Your lawyer might handle all the steps in submitting your claim. This involves informing you of your legal rights, performing extensive investigations and discovery of evidence concerning the accident, which are essential in order to obtain evidence of the other parties' suspected fault and the extent of your damages and injuries. Your lawyer can also help guarantee compliance with any relevant legal time limit, negotiate with all applicable insurance companies, and communicate and advocate on your behalf with the other parties and the court.
It is highly important after an accident to concentrate on rest, recovery and regaining your life back. Therefore, your lawyer, by doing all of the legal work on your behalf, can allow you to focus on your recuperation while they seek your highest compensation. Some cases might result in settlements with insurance companies and the other parties, whom, seeing the evidence your lawyer captures, might want to avoid a loss at trial or prolonged legal costs. In other cases, your attorney might be able to seek your best compensation by taking your claim to trial and showing your damages to a jury.