Even though rideshare drivers are operating a motor vehicle professionally, they don’t necessarily receive specific training that keeps them safer on the road than any other experienced motor vehicle operator. Consequently, just like any motorist, rideshare drivers can make mistakes behind the wheel that lead to crashes and injuries for victims like you. If you suffered injuries as a passenger in a rideshare or as a driver in another vehicle that the rideshare driver hit, you may be eligible to win a settlement, and our St. Paul Lyft and Uber accident attorneys are ready to help.
Injuries in any auto accident can be devastating. You could end up with a life-altering injury that requires regular medical care forever. You also could end up with an injury from which you can recover but that leaves you with significant medical bills and weeks of missing work. At Tyroler Leonard Injury Law, we know the devastating effects a rideshare crash injury could have on your life. We are ready to fight hard to help you win every dollar you deserve to have.
Why You Should Hire Our St. Paul Lyft and Uber Lawyers
You certainly have the right to try to negotiate with the rideshare company on your own to receive a financial award. However, because these cases can become quite complex, hiring legal representation can give you the ability to combat the red tape that insurance companies throw in your way.
Our personal injury lawyers at Tyroler Leonard Injury Law can use the facts that our investigation uncovers to determine exactly which insurance company should be liable for your financial award. Lyft and Uber drivers must carry their own personal auto insurance in addition to the insurance that the company carries for their drivers in case of auto accidents. Understanding which policy is in effect depends on the time at which the accident occurs. Lyft insurance and Uber insurance requirements are very similar, including:
- Driver app is off: The driver’s personal insurance is active.
- Driver app is on, but driver is waiting for a ride request: Uber or Lyft insurance and personal insurance may both be active.
- Driver app is on, and driver is on the way to a ride or is giving a ride: Uber or Lyft insurance is active.
When our St. Paul Lyft and Uber law firm takes over your case, we investigate the accident and figure out exactly what happened and when it happened. We then know which insurance company should be paying the settlement amount, helping us prevent the insurers from pointing fingers at each other while your case languishes.
What Kind of Compensation Can Your St. Paul Lyft and Uber Accident Attorneys Help Me Win?
If you suffered injuries in an accident with a Lyft or Uber driver, you have to prove the negligence of the driver as well as your damages if you are hoping to recover compensation. You typically can seek damages for expenses like:
- Property damage
- Medical bills and expected future medical bills
- Loss of income and loss of expected future income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduction in enjoyment of life
- Other out-of-pocket expenses.
Tyroler Leonard Injury Law’s team of St. Paul Lyft and Uber accident lawyers is ready to help you. If you were involved in a rideshare accident while in Minneapolis, our Minneapolis car accident attorneys can also help you.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Lyft and Uber Accident Case?
Because each ridesharing accident is unique, the amount of time between the accident and receiving a settlement can be challenging to estimate. However, Uber and Lyft accident claims tend to be lengthy, because they are more complicated and involve more parties than a typical two-car passenger vehicle accident case. Items that can affect the length of time for the case include the following.
The Number of Parties Involved In Your Claim
A claim involving several parties — such as the Uber driver, the company, other passengers, and other car drivers — can be lengthy to settle. Our attorneys may have to communicate and negotiate with a number of parties, including insurers, on your behalf. Progress will also depend on timely responses from all these other entities. Claims can potentially drag on for years when many parties are involved.
The Extent of Your Injuries
If you suffered severe, permanent, or incapacitating injuries in a rideshare accident, it often is in your best interests to wait until the full extent of any injuries is apparent before agreeing to a settlement. If you have suffered significant injuries, a large financial award can be at stake. The higher the potential settlement, the more vigorously the other side will fight against your claim. All of this can contribute to the overall length of a case.
The Willingness of The Other Side To Settle
As many as three-quarters of all personal injury claims are settled out of court, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, a small percentage do go all the way to trial. Managing to negotiate a satisfactory out-of-court settlement can help to resolve a dispute more quickly than going to trial. However, if the two sides cannot agree on a fair settlement that fully compensates you, the case may need to go to trial, lengthening the process.
Common Questions for Our St. Paul Lyft and Uber Accident Lawyers
Because of the significant challenges and complexities involved in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver, our St. Paul rideshare accident lawyers are always ready to answer questions from our clients. We never want you to be wondering about the status of your case. To help you understand how we approach cases like yours, here are some common questions we receive, along with our answers.
How much is an average Lyft or Uber injury accident worth?
No two Lyft or Uber accidents are alike. Since compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries and on your financial losses, an average amount doesn’t really exist.
How much does it cost to hire your Lyft and Uber car accident attorneys?
At Tyroler Leonard Injury Law, our team works on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge our clients anything at the time they hire us. Instead, our fee comes from a percentage of the final settlement amount. If we do not win an award for you, you do not owe us anything.
What if the insurance company for the rideshare driver is accusing me of causing the accident?
You are eligible to receive a financial award for your injuries only if you can prove that the Uber or Lyft driver is primarily responsible for causing the crash. When you hire our Minnesota personal injury lawyer to represent you, we will seek facts in the case that show why the negligent or reckless behavior of the rideshare driver caused the crash and led to your injuries.
Should I settle my rideshare injury accident as quickly as possible?
The danger in settling your claim fast is that you may not have a full diagnosis of your injuries and your long-term health outlook. Without this information, you may end up settling for an amount that doesn’t fully compensate you for the medical bills you may have in the future. Once you agree to a settlement, you cannot ask for more money if your doctor discovers new injuries later. Consider any settlement offer very carefully before you agree to it.
Trust our St. Paul Lyft and Uber car accident lawyers to stand by your side from the time you hire us until we reach the best possible conclusion in your case. We do not back down when the circumstances are tough. Instead, we fight even harder for you, because we know how much you are counting on us to win the settlement you need to help with recovering your health. We take our responsibility to our clients very seriously, and we never cut corners when representing you.
Reach Out to Tyroler Leonard Injury Law Today for Help from Our Rideshare Injury Accident Lawyers
Experiencing an accident with a Lyft or Uber driver can be confusing, especially if you have injuries. You may be wondering who to hold responsible for your damages. Establishing liability in rideshare accidents can be complicated and legally challenging.
Regardless of all the complexities, ultimately, you need to focus on protecting your right to seek damages. Whether you are a passenger in a rideshare car or a rideshare driver hit your car while you were driving, you may be eligible to seek awards for your financial losses and emotional trauma. Because multiple parties may be liable for the accident – and because the various insurance companies involved may be pointing fingers at each other, rather than trying to help you – having the services of our St. Paul Lyft and Uber injury accident attorneys can be invaluable.
To receive a free consultation about your case, reach out to Tyroler Leonard Injury Law today at 651-259-1113.