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Lyft, Uber and Rideshare Accidents

Lyft, Uber, and other rideshare companies have made getting around about as convenient as it can be. In the process, however, they’ve also created a new brand of traffic accident. The fact is that the rideshare model tends to increase the risk that accidents will happen in the first place and can make obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled that much more challenging. If you find yourself in the difficult position of being injured in a rideshare accident, don’t wait to consult an experienced Southern Illinois rideshare accident attorney.

Increased Accident Risk

Rideshare drivers are not commercial drivers in the sense that they are required to carry a special driver’s license or to have any additional experience – beyond what is required of every driver. They do, however, take on immense responsibility in relation to transporting passengers safely from place to place, and the following elements can all increase the chances that an accident will occur:

There are plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong in the course of a rideshare trip.

The Rideshare Claim

Rideshare claims are no different from other car accident claims except for the fact that the responsible insurance provider or providers can vary depending upon the circumstances involved. If the at-fault driver is someone other than the rideshare driver, the claim will follow the usual car accident claim process, but if the rideshare driver is responsible, their position in the rideshare process will guide insurance coverage.

Insurance Coverage

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft provide robust insurance coverage, but how it applies varies in accordance with where the driver is in the cycle. Consider the following:

It’s important to know that if you’ve been injured in a rideshare accident, you may have to file a claim with more than one insurance provider.

Your Covered Losses

The losses you experience as a result of a rideshare accident can be extremely high, and these legal damages typically break down into several basic categories.

Property Damage

If you were in your own vehicle at the time of the accident, you would likely experience property damage to your vehicle and its contents.

Medical Expenses

The medical expenses you incur in the wake of a rideshare accident can start out high and can escalate from there. If your injuries are serious, you may face secondary health concerns as well as complications that can significantly increase your healthcare needs. Failing to accurately represent this category of loss in your rideshare accident claim can leave you in a difficult position in relation to your recovery. 

Lost Income

A rideshare accident can translate to lost earnings, and if the trajectory of your career is altered, the losses you experience will be even more extensive. It’s also important to note that career losses can lead to emotional pain and suffering that relates to an altered sense of self.

Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

While it’s more difficult to attach a value to the pain and suffering you experience as a result of a rideshare driver’s negligence, it is – nevertheless – an important category of loss that should not be downplayed or ignored. This emotional component can interfere with your ability to fully recover and can take a serious toll on you personally.

Your seasoned rideshare accident attorney will make every effort to ensure that your full range of physical, financial, and emotional losses are all well represented in your claim.

Driver Negligence

Rideshare accidents are often based on the negligence of rideshare drivers, which can take many dangerous forms, including:

Protecting Your Claim

Your rideshare accident claim will be unique to the situation at hand, but there are some basic steps every accident victim can take to help protect their claim, including:

Turn to an Experienced Southern Illinois Rideshare Accident Attorney for the Help You Need

The esteemed rideshare accident attorneys at Bonifield & Rosenstengel, P.C. – serving all of Central and Southern Illinois – take great pride in their imposing track record of successfully guiding complex rideshare claims toward advantageous outcomes that support our clients’ rights and best interests. Your claim’s resolution is important to your recovery, so please don’t put off reaching out and contacting or calling us at  1-(618)-277-7740 for more information about what we can do to help you today.