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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 possibilities to have others drive for them. From ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, to delivery companies like UberEats and GrubHub, America's streets are filled with personal vehicles driven for commercial reasons. However, a lot of these services can unnecessarily endanger our community and result in considerable injuries as a result.
Dealing with large companies on your own can be challenging and is often overwhelming. If you have been hurt by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you may be entitled to hold these companies responsible. The car accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm are experienced and ready to fight on your behalf. Call us at (888) 744-5642 for a free consultation. If we do not reach a desirable result in your claim, you will not owe us anything.
Can Corporations Be Held Responsible?
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries often try to classify their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not full-time employees for financial reasons and to dodge responsibility. However, when a driver hurts others while on duty, those companies may be held liable under a legal theory called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously liable for the injury their motorists cause while on the job. This means victims may seek actions directly against the companies, as well as against the driver.
As more Americans today use delivery and ride-sharing services, the number of these vehicles on the road has drastically increased, as have the amount of accidents these motorists have caused.
A few of the most common dangers associated with delivery and ride-sharing drivers include:
Therefore, if a delivery or ride-sharing driver has caused you to be hurt, both the driver and the company whom she or he is working for can be accountable for your injuries.
What Sort of Compensation Can I Pursue?
A knowledgeable attorney knows what evidence to use in order to seek various damages that may increase your possible compensation. These consist of tangible losses such as property damage, medical costs related to the treatment of your injuries, future lost wages, disability, along with "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can involve the actual pain experienced during medical treatments and surgeries incurred as a result of the crash, along with emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the crash. Some accident victims find it harder to drive at ease after a roadway accident, and this difficulty and anxiety might be quantified into monetary damages by your attorney.
An attorney with experience handling similar cases might know which parties to take legal action against, including not just the motorist, but also the corporate company the driver was working for, increasing your potential sources of compensation. Further, an attorney may conduct a thorough 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 an Uber Accident:
Document the Scene of the Crash
Take note of any details in order to preserve important evidence useful in proving the delivery or ride-sharing driver's fault and showing the full extent of your injuries. If you require any medical attention at a hospital as a result of the accident, 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 huge, and in some cases future medical expenses and treatments may be needed for your recovery.
Contact a Lawyer
An attorney who has dealt with similar claims can help you learn your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all relevant parties and the court. Additionally, your lawyer might perform thorough investigations to secure all possible evidence required in seeking your highest compensation from the other parties.
Filing a Claim
Your lawyer might handle all the steps in filing your claim. This involves educating you of your legal rights, performing extensive investigations and discovery of evidence relating to the accident, which are vital in order to obtain evidence of the other parties' suspected fault and the extent of your damages and injuries. Your attorney may also help ensure compliance with any applicable 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 focus on rest, recovery and regaining your life back. Therefore, your attorney, by doing all of the legal work on your behalf, can allow you to focus on your recuperation while they seek your maximum compensation. Some claims can result in settlements with insurance companies and the other parties, whom, seeing the evidence your lawyer gathers, may want to avoid a loss at trial or prolonged legal expenses. 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.