Uber and Lyft are popular ways to get around campus, head to the Riverwalk, or meet friends at a restaurant for dinner. Since you see so many rideshare vehicles in town, it is no surprise that they are sometimes involved in collisions. When this occurs, the victim may have options for financial recovery. However, this is not always as clear-cut as in other traffic accidents.
A Tuscaloosa Uber and Lyft rideshare accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm provides free consultations for those hurt in these types of crashes. We may be able to help you understand who is liable, identify the appropriate insurance policy, and file your claim for you.
Types of Damages Victims of Rideshare Accidents Can Seek
Alabama law allows accident victims hurt because of someone else’s negligence to seek and recover compensation for the expenses and losses they incurred. While this claims process is not as easy as demanding a fair payout, our rideshare accident attorneys can make it seem this simple for many of our clients.
We protect our clients’ rights, taking steps to identify, document, and value the damages they experienced. This includes:
Current Expenses and Losses
The costs associated with an accident can add up quickly and often total more than a victim realizes. This is why we advise speaking to our attorneys before agreeing to a payout from any insurance company. We want to ensure you receive enough money to pay your medical bills, repair any damaged property, and cover your wage losses.
If your injuries require long-term treatment, are likely to last, or will call for future procedures, you can recover the estimated costs of this. We work with medical experts to better understand your prognosis and needs.
Non-economic, or intangible, damages often make up a large percentage of our clients’ recoveries. This includes the pain and suffering, emotional distress, decrease in quality of life, and other damages they endured that do not have a direct monetary value. We know how insurers and courts estimate these damages and we handle this valuation for our clients.
Wrongful Death Damages
We manage wrongful death claims under Ala. Code § 6-5-410. In Alabama, the plaintiff in these cases—usually the immediate family of the deceased—asks the jury to award punitive damages. Unfortunately, there are no compensatory damages available for wrongful death in Alabama.
For a free legal consultation with a Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident lawyer serving Tuscaloosa, call 800-537-8185
Let Our Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyers Help You
We represent rideshare accident victims based on a contingency fee. We provide our services and representation at no upfront cost to our clients. We only get paid from the recovery in their case, meaning we do not get any attorney’s fees unless we win.
For 40+ years, our clients have given our team of attorneys great reviews and recommended us to their friends and family. Some recent testimonials include:
- “Everything was wonderful. I smile every time I see the commercial on TV.” – David C.
- “I would like to take the time to thank my lawyer for representing me and being patient with me.” – Twana J.
- “Everything was perfect, and my attorney was very helpful.” – Ashley D.
- “My attorney did a great job, and I couldn’t have had a better experience.” – Ansley M.
- “Thank y’all for doing a good job. I appreciate everything Morris Bart’s office did for me.” – Adrian S.
Our 15 locations won settlements or recovered jury awards for more than 6,500 clients in 2019.
We represent Tuscaloosa from our Birmingham office, located at:
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
420 20th Street N. #2750
Birmingham, AL 35203
We also have four other offices in Alabama, including:
Recovering Compensation Based on a Rideshare Accident
When a rideshare vehicle crashes with a rider in it or the driver causes another type of collision, Lyft and Uber have policies to ensure the victims have an option for auto liability coverage. This includes:
- A contingency policy that steps in when the driver’s insurer will not cover injuries
- A $1+ million policy becomes primary coverage when the driver matches with a rider and while a rider is in the car
Our rideshare accident attorneys know how to determine which policy is in effect and will file a claim based on that policy. We present strong evidence to support our client’s claim and demand a fair payout based on the damages they suffered. This may lead to an out-of-court settlement agreement that appropriately compensates our clients for their injuries.
Can I Sue the Rideshare Company for My Accident Injuries?
Because of how ridesharing apps work, there is still some question about how responsible companies like Uber and Lyft are for their drivers’ behavior. Some successful accident lawsuits have been filed against these companies and their drivers. However, legal action is not usually necessary because of the significant policies available in these accidents.
If we do need to sue in your case, Ala. Code § 6-2-38 generally offers accident victims only two years to get this process started. Therefore, it is vital not to miss this deadline.
Discuss Your Claim with an Uber and Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyer Today
You can speak with an attorney from the Morris Bart law office in Birmingham about your Tuscaloosa, rideshare accident case today. We provide complimentary case reviews for those hurt in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver. In addition, we can help you understand your options and explain how we would move forward with your case.
Call us today to begin your free initial consultation with one of our rideshare accident lawyers.
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