If you were hurt in a ridesharing accident in Jackson County, Mississippi, you might be able to get compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit. This could allow you to pay your medical bills and recover lost wages without spending money out of your pocket. A Pascagoula Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help.
Our lawyers are available around the clock to review cases and help accident victims. We understand how to move these cases forward, prove damages, and recover compensation.
What Factors Determine the Amount of Compensation I Can Receive in a Car Accident?
Many factors affect the value of a motor vehicle accident. Each case is different. For this reason, there is no way to know how much you might be able to recover before investigating what happened and understanding the expenses and losses incurred as a result.
Our attorneys gather documentation to prove our client’s damages and use our experience and industry standards to value them. This includes current, future, and intangible damages. Some examples of recoverable damages in an accident with a rideshare vehicle might consist of:
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Future and ongoing treatment and care costs
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning ability
- Property damages
- Other miscellaneous expenses
- Wrongful death damages for surviving family members when a victim dies
Who Can Recover Damages in an Uber or Lyft Accident Claim?
Accident victims can suffer injuries because of a careless or reckless rideshare driver in several ways. If an Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence caused your injuries, you might have a viable insurance claim or lawsuit. This includes:
- If you were a passenger in the Uber or Lyft when the collision occurred
- The driver hit your vehicle while you were behind the wheel
- The rideshare driver struck you while you were on foot or riding a bicycle
For a free legal consultation with a Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident lawyer serving Pascagoula, call 800-537-8185
Why You Should Trust Your Lyft or Uber Claim to an Attorney from our Firm
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have more than 40 years of experience handling a variety of car, truck, taxi, and bus accidents. When ridesharing came on the scene about a decade ago, we quickly learned how to navigate these claims. While the process is somewhat different, we know how to handle your Uber or Lyft claim and pursue compensation on your behalf.
We operate 15 locations across the Gulf South. One is our Pascagoula office, located at:
707 Watts Avenue #A
Pascagoula, MS 39567
This office handles all accident claims in Jackson County and other nearby areas. We are a contingency fee law firm, meaning we do not ask our clients to pay us upfront. Instead, we use our financial resources to file their claim and manage their case, only taking attorney’s fees from their settlement or award.
You can learn more about our law firm and how we fight for our client’s rights by reading our case results and client testimonials, including the following submitted by Tinesha, who was represented by an attorney from our Pascagoula office.
“ … Everybody from Morris Bart are good people, and I appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I will highly recommend anybody who gets into a car accident to hire Morris Bart. I found him on the Internet, and I promise I don’t regret it. Thank you.”
Pascagoula Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer Near Me 800-537-8185
Types of Evidence We Gather to Prove the Uber or Lyft Driver’s Negligence
There used to be some significant concerns about whether someone injured in a ridesharing wreck would be able to file an insurance claim. There were ongoing challenges between the ridesharing companies and insurers who provided coverage for their drivers. However, this is an issue of the past. Today, both Lyft and Uber ensure there is liability coverage any time their drivers are “on the app.”
- A contingent liability policy that backs up the driver’s insurance when they are logged on but not matched with a rider
- A $1 million liability policy that becomes the primary coverage as soon as they match with a rider
This means that there is a liability policy in place backed by the ridesharing company that guarantees significant coverage for victims of an accident throughout most of the ridesharing process.
Of course, this does not guarantee you will receive coverage for your claim without an argument. Even when a $1 million policy is available, the rideshare company and their insurer will want to pay out as little as possible. This is why we still must build a solid case to prove negligence, liability, and the value of our client’s damages. This could require evidence such as:
- The accident report filed by police
- Eyewitness statements
- Video or pictures of the crash
- An accident scene survey
- Accident reconstruction data
- Medical records
- Medical expert testimony
- Medical bills and other proof of damages
Mississippi Law Limits Your Time to Take Legal Action
In some cases, the claim relies on the information held by the rideshare company. This includes what the driver was doing at the time of the accident. For example, the insurance coverage might be different if they were waiting to match with a passenger or on their way to pick one up. We need to send a letter of spoliation or take other steps quickly to preserve evidence.
In addition, Mississippi law generally only gives us a limited time to try to settle the case out of court before we have to sue. This may be up to three years under Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49. Some cases have shorter deadlines, though.
We recommend giving us a call as soon as your injuries are stable and you have a good idea about your prognosis.
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Speak With an Uber or Lyft Car Accident Attorney for Help Today
You can discuss your accident, injuries, and legal options for filing a claim for free today. Call the Morris Bart law firm to get started. We are here and ready to help.
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