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In today's rapidly changing economy, the convenience of technological innovations has reduced the need for individuals to drive themselves, and has created more opportunities to have others drive for them. From ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, to delivery companies like UberEats and GrubHub, America's roads are filled with personal vehicles driven for commercial purposes. Unfortunately, a lot of these services can unnecessarily endanger our neighborhood and lead to substantial injuries as a result.
Dealing with large corporations on your own can be difficult and is often overwhelming. If you have been hurt by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you may be entitled to hold these companies accountable. The automobile 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 favorable result in your case, you will not owe us anything.
Can Corporations Be Held Responsible?
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries often try to categorize their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not permanent employees for financial reasons and to evade liability. Nevertheless, when a motorist injures others while on duty, those companies might be held responsible under a legal concept called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously accountable for the harm their motorists cause while on the job. This means injured parties may seek actions directly against the companies, and against the driver.
As more Americans today use delivery and ride-sharing services, the number of these cars on the road has drastically increased, as have the number of accidents these motorists have caused.
Some of the most common risks linked to delivery and ride-sharing drivers consist of:
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 responsible for your injuries.
What Type of Compensation Can I Get?
An experienced lawyer knows what evidence to use in order to pursue various damages that might increase your potential compensation. These include tangible losses such as property damage, medical expenses associated with the treatment of your injuries, future lost wages, disability, in addition to "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can include the actual pain experienced during medical treatments and surgical procedures incurred as a result of the crash, as well as emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the accident. Some accident victims find it more difficult to drive at ease after a roadway incident, and this difficulty and anxiety might be quantified into monetary damages by your lawyer.
A lawyer with experience handling similar claims may know which parties to take legal action against, including not just the motorist, but also the corporate company the motorist was working for, increasing your potential sources of compensation. Further, a lawyer might conduct a thorough investigation to get evidence that might help verify the suspected fault of the company and the motorist, and help validate your damages to the court and insurance companies.
What to Do After an Uber Accident:
Record the Scene of the Collision
Take note of any details in order to preserve vital evidence helpful in proving 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 crash, the associated costs for these treatments might be sought from the liable party by your lawyer. This is extremely important, as medical expenses can be astronomical, and in some cases future medical costs and treatments might be necessary for your recovery.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer
A lawyer who has handled similar claims can help you learn your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all applicable parties and the court. Further, your lawyer may perform in-depth investigations to secure all possible evidence required in seeking your highest compensation from the other parties.
Filing a Claim
Your attorney might handle all the steps in submitting your claim. This involves informing you of your legal rights, performing thorough investigations and discovery of evidence concerning the accident, which are important in order to obtain evidence of the other parties' suspected fault and the extent of your damages and injuries. Your lawyer can also help ensure compliance with any relevant legal deadline, negotiate with all applicable insurance companies, and communicate and advocate on your behalf with the other parties and the court.
It is extremely important after an accident to focus on rest, recovery and regaining your life back. Thus, your lawyer, by doing all of the legal work on your behalf, can allow you to concentrate on your recovery while they seek your highest compensation. Some cases may result in settlements with insurance companies and the other parties, whom, seeing the evidence your lawyer gathers, might want to avoid a loss at trial or extended legal costs. In other cases, your lawyer may be able to seek your greatest compensation by taking your claim to trial and showing your damages to a jury.