Have you been injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft? Are you considering hiring legal counsel, but aren’t sure if it’s really necessary?
If so, you’re not alone. As the number of Uber and Lyft drivers on the road increases, so too does the number of accidents – some of which result in serious, life-altering injuries.
Unfortunately, only a fraction of injured plaintiffs obtain all of the compensation they’re entitled to, and in most cases, it’s because they chose to forgo representation by an experienced rideshare attorney.
Let’s explore three main reasons you, as an injured passenger, should hire an Uber and Lyft attorney:
- An Attorney Can Help Prove Liability. As in all personal injury cases, one of the most important elements in an Uber or Lyft accident case is liability. This boils down to answering two questions: who was at fault for the accident, and how can we prove it?
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney who specializes in rideshare accidents will know what evidence to look for, how to obtain it, and how to interpret it. For example, if you were unable to collect witness information and photographs at the scene of the accident, an attorney – if contacted soon enough after the accident – could obtain that information for you, and follow up with witnesses on your behalf.
You might assume that your driver was at fault for the accident and that your injuries will simply be covered by Uber or Lyft’s insurance policy, but that might not be the case. This could very much impact your ability to fully recover your damages.
Establishing liability is the first step to obtaining compensation, because it’s necessary in order to identify the correct source of compensation. This in turn will depend on whether your driver, a third party, and/or multiple parties are held responsible for the accident.
- An Attorney Can Talk To The Insurance Adjuster On Your Behalf. No matter how nice an insurance adjuster seems, they simply do not have your best interests in mind. This isn’t because they’re bad people; it’s because their job is to protect the best interests of the company they work for.
What does this mean for you? It means that if you go up against the at-fault party’s insurance company by yourself, you could – like so many other people – fall prey to the tricks and tactics used by adjusters in an attempt to pay out as little as possible, or altogether invalidate a claim.
An experienced rideshare attorney will anticipate and counter these tricks and tactics, and the insurance adjuster will realize quickly that you’ll be getting nothing less than a fair deal.
- An Attorney Can Increase Your Chances Of A Larger Settlement. In addition to making sure that the insurance adjuster does not wiggle their way out of a fair settlement, a seasoned Uber and Lyft accident attorney should be able to negotiate the best possible outcome for you – above and beyond what you might expect. They will look for damages where you might not have thought to look on your own, which could translate to more money in your pocket.
Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses related to the injury (hospitalization, rehabilitation, prescription medication, etc.)
- Lost wages (past and future) and property damage
- Loss of earning capacity (e.g., due to long-term disability)
- Pain and suffering experienced as a result of the accident
- Punitive damages (when it can be shown that the defendant’s actions were intentional, egregious, and/or particularly harmful)
Florida Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys — Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. — Hallandale, Florida
If you have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, protecting your right to compensation is paramount. By hiring a Florida rideshare accident attorney, you can focus on healing from your injuries, rather than on the stress and legal minutiae of your case.
At Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A., you’ll find knowledgeable Uber and Lyft accident attorneys who are ready and eager to evaluate your case.
Our main office is located in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and we have secondary Florida offices located in Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, & Jacksonville.
Call Us Today at 800-TELL-ROBERT.