If you suffered injuries in a crash caused by a rideshare driver or were hurt while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you may have a valid insurance claim. In addition, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, and more. A Gulfport Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can review your case with you today.
Our Uber and Lyft car accident lawyers in Gulfport know how to build an insurance claim on behalf of rideshare passengers and others hurt by a negligent rideshare driver. We understand how insurance coverage works in rideshare claims and how to pursue a financial recovery on behalf of our clients.
How We Place a Monetary Value on Your Lyft or Uber Accident Claim
In many ways, the process of filing an insurance claim, gathering supporting evidence, documenting damages, and demanding a payout is the same in a ridesharing accident as in other types of traffic accidents. However, all of this occurs after you determine the available insurance coverage. This step can be difficult in these cases, especially when other case facts are unclear.
Many of our clients ask immediately, “how much is my case worth?” There is no way to know until we document and value the costs and losses they incurred.
These differ based on the details of the case but may include:
- Medical bills and related costs
- Future or ongoing treatment and care costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced ability to work and earn the previous pay
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
We document our client’s damages and assign a fair value to them, seeking to recover this compensation through the insurance claim we file. If the insurer does not agree to compensate our client fairly, our trial lawyers will sue and take the case before a jury.
Wrongful Death in a Rideshare Accident
Unfortunately, serious and catastrophic injuries can occur in an Uber or Lyft crash. However, if your loved one passed away from their injuries, we may be able to help you get justice. We handle wrongful death cases based on contingency.
For a free legal consultation with a Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident lawyer serving Gulfport, call 800-537-8185
Our Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers Understand Rideshare Claims
Attorneys from the Morris Bart law firm have helped clients get the compensation they need and deserve after car accidents for more than 40 years. We won cases for 6,500+ clients in 2019 alone. As rideshares have become more popular, we have handled our fair share of these cases.
We work based on a contingency fee. We do not ask for a retainer before we go to work. Our law firm never needs any upfront fees. Instead, we use our financial resources to develop your case and file your claim. You only pay our attorney fees from your settlement or award.
Our Gulfport law office is located:
1712 15th Street #300
Gulfport, MS 39501
If needed, we can meet you in a location more suitable to you and your family, including a nearby hospital, rehabilitation facility, home, or business. This office also represents many nearby communities, so we can speak with you in:
- Bay St. Louis
- Long Beach
- Ocean Springs
- Pass Christian
You can learn more about how we’ve helped clients following serious injuries by reviewing our case results and client testimonials. For example, our recent results include recovering $580,000 for a client who required a cervical disc replacement procedure following a car accident in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Actions Our Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys Will Take to Prove Your Case
We help victims of rideshare accidents hold the driver or company accountable. We have recovered compensation for clients who:
- Were driving a car hit by a rideshare driver
- Were an Uber or Lyft rider when the crash occurred
- Were riding a bicycle or walking and hit by a rideshare driver
For the most part, the evidence we need to prove fault in these accidents is the same as other collisions. However, these claims can be more complicated than other Gulfport car accident cases due to the unusual structure of insurance coverage that applies to rideshares.
Lyft and Uber both provide liability policies that cover victims of accidents involving their drivers. However, when these policies are in effect it can be somewhat confusing. In general:
- If the rideshare driver is not logged in, their coverage is primary
- If they are logged in but not matched with a rider, the ridesharing company provides a contingency policy
- If they are matched with a rider or have a rider in the car, the Uber or Lyft liability policy is the primary coverage
Our legal team determines which policy was the primary policy before we file a claim on behalf of our clients. This can sometimes require additional investigation. Gathering evidence in these cases may require us to:
- Obtain the police report, medical records, and other documents
- Work with accident reconstruction professionals
- Identify and interview witnesses
- Preserve any available video of the crash
- Seek information from the ridesharing company, possibly using a spoliation letter
- Document and value expenses and losses
We take care of these tasks, identify the available insurance coverage, and file claims on behalf of our clients. Then, we demand fair and just payments to our clients and negotiate with the insurer and others to get the compensation they deserve.
However, we can sue to hold the liable parties responsible if needed. We generally have up to three years to begin this process under Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49, although circumstances can reduce this time in some cases.
Let Our Rideshare Accident Lawyer Get Started on Your Claim for Compensation Today
A lawyer from the Morris Bart law office in Gulfport is available to review your case with you for free today. Contact us to learn more about your rights and how you may be able to recover damages.
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