A Hattiesburg Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm will assess your claim and legal options for free today. We provide complimentary initial consultations for those hurt in rideshare accidents. You may be able to recover compensation based on your case’s facts.
We can help those hurt in Hattiesburg and the surrounding area, whether you were a rideshare rider or hit by an Uber or Lyft driver. We know how to navigate the insurance claims process in these cases and pursue justice for our clients.
What Damages Are Available in Rideshare Accidents?
When a victim suffers injuries in a crash, the types of damages and value of their losses depend on several factors. These include:
- The nature and severity of their injuries
- The treatment required
- Their income and career
- If they have lasting injuries
Our attorneys work to identify the costs and losses incurred and value them using the case information as well as industry norms and expert evidence. In general, those who suffer serious injuries or have lasting impairments may be able to recover more money.
Some of the recoverable damages we pursue in a rideshare accident claim include:
- Medical bills for treatment and related expenses
- Future care costs, including necessary medical treatment
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning capacity for lasting injuries
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other intangible recoverable damages
We also represent families who lost a loved one in an accident with a rideshare vehicle. If your family member passed, we may be able to pursue wrongful death damages on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident lawyer serving Hattiesburg, call 800-537-8185
You Can Trust Our Law Office with Your Lyft or Uber Accident Claim
We have over 40 years of experience handling car accident claims and civil action. While ridesharing is relatively new, we know how these claims differ from other traffic accident cases. For the most part, except when it comes to identifying the coverage available, they are very similar to other claims.
Our case results include more than 6,500 recoveries for clients in 2019 alone. They demonstrate our knowledge and ability to seek appropriate payouts based on our client’s injuries, damages, and facts of their cases. For example, we recently recovered $852,845 for a car accident victim who required neck and back pain treatment and facial fractures.
The areas we serve include all four states of the Gulf South. We have 15 locations in all, with three in Mississippi:
You can connect with an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident lawyer for a free consultation today. We can discuss your options on the phone or in person. We will meet you at the hospital, at your home, or at our Hattiesburg office:
6 Plaza Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
During this consultation, we can discuss our contingency fee pricing structure. We do not ask for any money today. Our clients never pay anything until the conclusion of their case. Our attorney’s fees come from the settlement or jury award, never the client’s bank account.
How Is a Ridesharing Insurance Claim Different from Car Accident Claims?
In a typical car accident claim, there are several steps we must navigate to seek and potentially recover compensation for our client. These include:
- Investigating what happened and gathering evidence
- Valuing the claim
- Identifying the liable party or parties
- Filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer
- Demanding an appropriate payout
- Negotiating with the insurer
Most cases reach a satisfactory conclusion at this point. However, a lawsuit is sometimes necessary when the insurer will not offer enough compensation or tries to avoid liability altogether.
There is an extra step when handling a rideshare claim, though. We must also determine what the rideshare driver was doing on the Uber or Lyft app when the accident occurred. Again, this is because of how Lyft and Uber handle insurance for their drivers.
Understanding Ridesharing Liability Insurance Coverage
The good news is that there should be liability auto insurance coverage available for victims regardless of what stage the driver was in on the app when the crash occurred. However, we must first determine which insurance policy was in effect to recover compensation based on that coverage.
The policies generally work like this:
- If the driver was not on the app: The driver’s liability policy is in effect.
- If the driver was not matched with a rider: The driver’s liability policy is primary, but the rideshare company provides contingency coverage.
- If the driver was matched with a rider, the rideshare company’s $1 million+ liability policy is in effect.
As you can see, there is a significantly larger policy available to cover any injuries or damages that happen once the rideshare driver matches with a rider. For example, if the driver caused a crash while on the way to pick up a rider or you were the rider, there may be up to $1 million to cover your related damages.
Do I Need to Sue Lyft or Uber After an Accident?
Most successful car accident cases, including rideshare collisions, settle without going to trial. Therefore, it is unlikely that we will need to sue on behalf of a client hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident. However, it is possible if the case facts support it.
We have three years from the accident date to file the initial paperwork in Mississippi per Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49. Other deadlines could apply in some cases.
Our Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyers Can Help You Today
You can discuss your options with a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm in Hattiesburg today for free. We can review your case and offer advice and guidance or offer to manage your claim based on contingency.
Call us today to learn more during your free case review.
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