Yes, you may be within your rights to file a claim against virtually any party who puts you in harm’s way. However, filing a lawsuit after an Uber or Lyft accident can be challenging due to the nature of these rideshare companies.
Many victims have questions about their options after a rideshare accident. Fortunately, our rideshare accident lawyers can be there for you every step of the way. In addition to helping you document your damages, we can help you gather evidence that demonstrates liability.
Your Legal Options After a Rideshare Accident
It can be challenging to bring a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft. One reason for this is because Uber and Lyft drivers are not technically employees of these rideshare companies, so Uber or Lyft may claim that they cannot be held liable after an accident.
Thankfully, you still may have options in your rideshare accident case. You could seek compensation through Uber or Lyft’s insurance or even the driver’s personal auto insurance.
You may also be able to sue the driver. In this case, you will need to meet two basic requirements to proceed with a lawsuit. You must be able to prove:
- Your accident was caused by another person’s negligence
- You sustained mental, physical, or financial damages as a result of that person’s actions
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Damages That May Be Available in Your Case
Depending on your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for many of your accident-related costs and losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- And more
You may qualify to seek additional forms of compensation. We can tell you more about what your case may be worth.
Personal Injury Lawyers Can Protect Your Rights After a Rideshare Accident
Our attorneys have spent decades practicing in numerous areas of personal injury law. During that time, we have helped many rideshare accident victims during their fight for justice.
If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit after an Uber or Lyft accident, we can be there to provide many different legal services throughout your proceedings. Some of these services include:
- Working alongside expert witnesses to help you prove liability
- Determining the overall value of your case
- Advising you about important laws, regulations, and deadlines
- Gathering evidence on your behalf
- Negotiating settlements
- Dealing with insurance claims adjusters
- And more
Many victims find it beneficial to retain a rideshare accident lawyer before they proceed with a rideshare accident case. Because rideshare accidents are often complicated, we can ensure that the appropriate party is held responsible and that you seek the compensation you deserve.
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There Is a Limited Amount of Time to File a Rideshare Accident Lawsuit
According to OCGA §9-3-33, most rideshare accident lawsuits must be filed within two years of your injuries. Similarly, if someone you love was killed during a rideshare accident, your case must be filed within two years of their passing.
It is extremely important that you take legal action within the statute of limitations for your specific case. The court will dismiss any cases that are not filed within the appropriate amount of time. However, these time limits are subject to change depending on the nature of your lawsuit. Also, extensions are sometimes granted under extenuating circumstances.
A Uber accident lawyer in Atlanta can help you understand what statute of limitations applies to your specific circumstances and what that means for your right to compensation moving forward.
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Can I File a Lawsuit if I Share Partial Responsibility for the Accident?
You are not automatically barred from pursuing a lawsuit simply because you contributed to an accident. In the field of personal injury law, there is a concept known as “comparative negligence.” This law is described under OCGA §51-12-33 in Georgia.
Basically, if you somehow contributed to your rideshare accident, you can still seek damages for your injuries if you were less than 50% responsible for the accident. The court will determine your percentage of responsibility after they look at all the different human, environmental, and mechanical factors that contributed to your accident.
Your percentage of liability will be directly applied to your settlement, reducing it accordingly. To see how comparative negligence works, consider this example:
If you are awarded $10,000 for your economic and non-economic losses, but you were at fault for 40% of your accident, your final settlement becomes $6,000.
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With Kaine Law by your side, you never have to feel alone throughout this entire process. We are here to help fight to protect your right to compensation.
For more information about our legal services for rideshare accident victims in Georgia, contact a Kaine Law team member today to get started with your free consultation.