If you were hurt in a Shreveport rideshare car accident, you may be able to seek compensation to help you pay for medical care and other damages. Actions against rideshare companies, including Uber and Lyft, are sometimes complex. If we believe you have a case to prove negligence and liability, a Shreveport Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may offer to navigate this process on your behalf.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today. A member of our traffic accident team can review your case at no cost to you.
Understanding Liability Following a Rideshare Injury Accident
Rideshare services, in accordance with state laws, require drivers to have liability auto insurance in case of an accident. Additionally, the companies also offer liability policies that go into effect under certain circumstances. According to Lyft and Uber, these situations may include:
- When the driver is on the app but is not matched with a rider
- When the driver is matched with a rider
- When the driver has a rider in their vehicle
Accordingly, if a rideshare driver caused your accident, the rideshare company’s liability policy could cover your damages as long as the driver was signed into the app and driving for the rideshare service at the time of the accident. This coverage may apply if you are:
- A rideshare passenger, having been matched with the driver through the app; or
- A driver or occupant of another vehicle that the rideshare driver struck.
If a rideshare driver caused your accident when they were not logged into the app, then your case may go against their personal car insurance policy.
As you can see, the insurance policy in effect at the time of the accident depends on the actions of the driver when the accident happened. If you were a rider in the vehicle and were picked up through the rideshare app, the liability policy provided by the rideshare company would be in effect. In other cases, though, it can be hard for accident victims to know which insurance company’s coverage would apply.
If we accept your case, a Shreveport Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can investigate your accident and determine what insurance policies cover your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident lawyer serving Shreveport, call 800-537-8185
Deadlines to File a Lawsuit in Louisiana
When someone suffers an injury caused by another party’s negligence in La. Civ. Code Art. §3492 generally gives the victim a one-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
While many car accident cases settle out of court, it is still important for victims to act within this timeline and retain their right to sue if an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached. In a rideshare accident, the victim may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit if:
- The insurance company refuses a settlement agreement based on the victim’s damages
- The insurance company denies that its policyholder is liable and denies the claim
- The insurance companies fight over responsibility at the time of the accident
A Shreveport Uber and Lyft accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can file a lawsuit and take your case to trial, if necessary.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, reach out to the Morris Bart law firm today. You can speak with someone from our Shreveport office by calling now.
Recoverable Damages Following a Rideshare Accident
The types of damages you may be able to recover following a rideshare accident depend on your specific losses. If the Morris Bart law firm represents you, we can document as many accident-related expenses and other damages as possible to build a claim or court argument on your behalf.
Some damages that may be recoverable in this type of case include:
- Medical care and other treatment-related expenses
- Lost income and related losses from time away from work
- Diminished earning ability if you cannot go back to your old job because of your injuries
- Property damages, including your vehicle if it was involved in the accident
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
An alternate set of damages may be possible for surviving immediate family members of rideshare accident victims who pass away from their injuries. If you are interested in pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, call the Morris Bart law firm today. We can explain the type of wrongful death damages you may be eligible to recover.
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We Take Cases on Contingency
If we believe you have a strong case, we may extend an offer to represent you on a contingency basis. This means we will file your claim or take your case to court at no upfront out-of-pocket cost. We will front all expenses, and you only pay us attorney fees if we secure compensation on your behalf. Our fees will come from your earnings, and you and your lawyer will agree on the percentage they take before working on your case.
So, there are no surprises. If we aren’t successful, we do not get paid attorney’s fees. The most important thing to us is obtaining justice and fair compensation for our clients.
Speak with a Member of Our Rideshare Accident Team Today
Injured in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident? We are ready to go to work for you. During representation, the Morris Bart law firm can handle all communications and legal work in your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Call our Shreveport office to discuss your accident, rights, and options. The Morris Bart law firm has locations across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Our injury attorneys can serve qualifying accident victims in any of these states.
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