Park City Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Aggressively Advocating for Rideshare Accident Victims in Summit County
Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft have changed the way many Americans approach transportation. Whether you are trying to get home safely from a night out, make your public transportation connection quickly, or explore a new city without having to rent a car, these apps have made it possible to do so without having to pay the full price of a taxi or car rental. These vehicles are not immune to accidents, however.
Our Uber & Lyft accident attorneys at Dodd & Kuendig have experience handling the nuances of these claims and know which channels you should go through in pursuit of your legal compensation. We have a staff full of lawyers and legal professionals ready to advocate for you. If necessary, we will even take your case to trial.
Contact Dodd & Kuendig’s Park City Uber & Lyft accident lawyers online to find out more about your legal options in a free consultation.
How Do I Know If I Have an Uber/Lyft Injury Claim?
If you have been injured while using Uber or Lyft, you likely qualify for a legal claim. You could also qualify to file a claim if you are an Uber/Lyft driver injured in an accident caused by another person or if you are an everyday commuter driver injured by an Uber/Lyft driver. Simply put, anyone who has been injured by another person’s negligence likely has grounds for a claim. Whether or not the accident involved a rideshare driver does not change that. It does make the path to compensation a little more difficult to navigate.
What to Do After an Uber/Lyft Accident
Many of the rules of thumb that you would follow after a car accident also apply to accidents involving Uber and Lyft. For example, make sure everyone involved is okay. If medical help is needed, call 911 immediately and wait in a safe place, preferably off to the side of the road, until help arrives. Take time to swap insurance information with the other driver/parties and take pictures of the accident scene. Talk to any eyewitnesses and, of course, do not admit fault.
When Uber or Lyft is involved, remembering not to admit fault is particularly important, as rideshare drivers may try to talk you into admitting at least partial fault for fear of losing their job. Sometimes, people cave in and do just that (even when the accident was not their fault in the slightest).
Should I report the accident through the rideshare app?
Uber and Lyft drivers may also request that you do not report the accident through their app so they do not get penalized.
Unfortunately, agreeing to share the blame or to not report the accident can have a significant impact on your recovery, as you may not be able to recover nearly enough to cover your medical expenses or property damage. The truth of the matter is, you are entitled to receive compensation for being an accident victim, and giving up your legal right in this way can terribly work to your detriment.
Therefore, after an Uber or Lyft accident, you should report it through the app and to your insurance if you want to be compensated for your injuries. Even if you were only minorly injured, you should still report it, the reason being that your condition could worsen to a point where you do want to exercise your legal rights. Both Uber and Lyft have help pages to report the accident through, which you can also navigate to through the app.
I Reported the Accident. Now What?
If you have not received medical help already, the next advisable thing to do is to consult a health care professional regarding your injuries. They can diagnose any conditions and provide you with the correct course of treatment to prevent a condition from worsening.
Next, it would be wise to reach out to an attorney. Since neither Uber nor Lyft provide timelines for when their teams will get back to you regarding an accident, a lot of time could pass before you hear back. And if they do respond promptly, you can expect to be bounced around from department to department without any end in sight. Remember, the less money they pay out to accident victims, the more money they get to keep in their pockets. Wasting your time on the phone is often used as a tactic to get you to abandon any hope of compensation or, sometimes, to procrastinate a resolution to weaken your claim.
Do not compromise the strength of your claim. A skilled Park City Uber & Lyft accident attorney can discuss your claim with the respective app’s customer service/accident help team on your behalf and greatly expedite the process.
Proving Liability in Rideshare Accidents
If you were a passenger in an Uber or Lyft at the time of the accident, you will have to prove that your driver or another party involved was negligent. There are very few cases in which passengers are considered liable, such as if they were doing something to distract the driver, so the primary difficulty you are likely to encounter is Uber or Lyft’s reluctance to work with you.
If you are the driver of another vehicle that was struct by an Uber or Lyft driver, it may be necessary to prove that the other driver committed negligent behavior in order to secure compensation from their insurance company, or Uber and Lyft's insurance coverage.
The following actions and indiscretions committed by a driver are considered negligent behavior:
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- Driving recklessly and without regard for traffic laws
- Transporting passengers using a poorly maintained/unsafe vehicle
- Overloading a vehicle with passengers
Uber & Lyft Drivers Injured in Rideshare Accidents
As an Uber/Lyft driver, you may not want to report the accident to avoid penalization, but it is in your best interest (as well as that of everyone involved) to do so. If you were responsible and covered by the correct insurance, then you may be able to receive financial assistance to pay for some of the damages. If you were not responsible for the accident, this is particularly important because you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party. We encourage you to consult a Park City Uber & Lyft accident lawyer from our firm if you were an app driver at the time of the accident, as this is when these cases are arguably the most nuanced.
How Much Compensation Can an Uber/Lyft Accident Victim Recover?
The amount of compensation that an accident victim can recover depends on how badly they were injured and what damages were incurred. Common damages paid out to Uber and Lyft accident victims include:
- Medical expenses and hospital bills
- Loss of earnings and projected income
- Short- or long-term disability accommodations
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
- Missed time from work/school
- Missed milestones in life (i.e. a wedding)
Seasoned Park City Uber & Lyft Accident Lawyers
Our legal team at Dodd & Kuendig has significant experience working on Uber and Lyft accident claims. Do not let negligence win just because a large tech company knows how to use its size and money to its advantage or because another at-fault party is hesitant to pay. Our aggressive legal representatives will fight to protect your rights. As a boutique law firm, we provide each and every one of our clients with the award-winning and personalized representation that they need and deserve.
Call Dodd & Kuendig at (435) 296-7434 today to speak to our Park City Uber & Lyft accident lawyers.