Business Insider reports that rather than making roads safer, rideshares are linked with increases in accidents. At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, we’ve seen the consequences of these crashes.
Our Uber and Lyft ridesharing accident lawyers serve Lewisville victims like you. We know the damage these collisions cause and will fight for your financial recovery.
When Pursuing Financial Recovery, We Focus on You
The last thing you should have to worry about after an accident is what it will cost you to heal. You could qualify for financial recovery that covers your expenses, allowing you to focus on treatment.
Damages can help with:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced earning ability
Some of these are straightforward. The cost of an ER trip, X-rays, and prescriptions can be paid through a settlement. Likewise, lost wages can be reimbursed. You could pursue reduced earning capacity if you cannot work after your car accident because of a permanent injury. Your lawyer can estimate the value of your lost future earnings.
Other damages are tailored to you. If you are one of the 12 to 50 percent of whiplash victims who experience pain for over a year, you could receive more than a victim who recovered in a few weeks — you experienced more pain.
Our priority is to fight for damages that acknowledge and atone for your physical, emotional, and financial suffering.
How do I Know What Damages I Could Receive?
People often ask lawyers what a typical case is worth. While our accident lawyers have worked with Uber and Lyft crash victims in Lewisville and the surrounding area, each case is unique. To pursue recovery for you, we look into the accident’s impact on your:
- Physical health
- Mental health
You may not realize what parts of your life qualify you to pursue damages. If you can no longer participate in a beloved hobby, that loss could be recognized. Financial recovery also considers what you may experience in the future because of the collision.
For instance, if a rideshare vehicle struck you on a freeway, you might have developed a fear of driving on major roadways. This phobia causes stress and forces you to take alternate routes, costing time and peace of mind. The negligent party caused this fear. Therefore, this fear could be part of your financial recovery.
If this sounds personal, it is! What happened personally affected your health, independence, and relationships. Rideshare companies may see accidents as mere statistics, but we see you as an individual whose case deserves individual attention.
Our Ridesharing Accident Lawyers Help Make Sense of Uber and Lyft Crashes
Individual attention extends beyond the dollar signs. When pursuing a rideshare case, we know you already feel like you’re facing a giant. We can:
- Help you receive medical care
- Identify who to hold liable
- Explore options for damages
- Talk to rideshare companies and insurance adjusters
- Explain waivers, agreements, and other paperwork
- Investigate the crash
- Analyze accident reconstructions
- Interview eyewitnesses and experts
- File a lawsuit
- Review and negotiate settlements
- Prepare for trial
We cut through the confusion of liability and legalese, clarifying what steps to take, communicating with the other parties, and telling you when to file a lawsuit.
What About the Day-to-Day Logistics?
At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, we:
- Offer free case evaluations
- Help set up medical appointments
- Come to you if you can’t come to us
- Keep you updated on changes to your case
- Answer calls 24/7
Don’t just take our word for it. Clients in Lewisville and the surrounding area recommend our Uber and Lyft ridesharing accident lawyers. We publish their testimonials on our website.
We Won’t Let You Get Lost in the Confusion Over Liability
Unlike taxi companies, rideshares don’t consider their drivers employees, but independent contractors. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), some companies consider themselves more akin to matchmaking services than transportation services.
These distinctions may seem arbitrary, but they help Uber and Lyft avoid paying for your accident by shifting responsibility onto the drivers. Only when a driver is logged into the Lyft or Uber app do rideshare companies offer accident protection.
If a driver was logged out of the app, they are not covered by Uber or Lyft.
What If the Rideshare Company Avoids Liability?
Rideshare companies employ many resources to avoid responsibility. If they succeed, you could directly pursue financial recovery from the driver, similar to a regular car accident. However, some factors may affect your case:
- The driver’s personal insurance coverage
- Texas’s negligence laws
Some insurance companies do not cover accidents that occur in the course of business. A rideshare driver may need a special addition to their insurance policy that covers accidents during commercial activity. If not, any financial recovery will come from the driver’s personal assets, which may be limited.
You Could Pursue Damages Even If You Were Partly at Fault for the Accident
Texas adheres to comparative negligence, which means responsibility can be split between parties in an accident. Maybe you were changing the radio when the rideshare driver ran a light and struck you, making you 15 percent at fault.
As long as you are less at fault than the other party, you could recover damages. Your percentage of responsibility will just reduce your award.
If you are struggling with a rideshare company that refuses to take responsibility or aren’t sure how to pursue a driver directly, we could help. We can investigate who to hold accountable and even explore if a third party was involved.
These parties could include another negligent driver or a car manufacturer. Above all, we can explain your options so you aren’t left in the dark.
Receive a Free Rideshare Collision Consultation from Our Representatives Today!
Someone else’s convenience should not cost Lewisville residents their safety or health. The Uber and Lyft lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ stand up for victims of this sector of the convenience economy. Call our office today for a free ridesharing accident case evaluation.
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