If you got hurt in a rideshare car accident because of someone else’s carelessness, a Greenville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm could help you pursue money damages from the liable party.
You might have a claim if you were a passenger in the rideshare car or another vehicle. Also, a pedestrian or person on a motorcycle or bicycle could be eligible for compensation for injuries received in an accident with a rideshare car.
If we take your case, you will not have to pay upfront legal fees. We handle car accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. You will not have to pay us until the case is over and you won.
You can call the Hammack Law Firm today at (864) 326-3333 to get started. We do not charge for the initial consultation, and there is no obligation.
How to Prove That the Uber or Lyft Rideshare Driver Is Liable
The rideshare driver is not automatically responsible to the people who get injured in the accident. The party who has to pay damages should be the one whose carelessness caused the collision. The American Bar Association affirms that we have to prove all four of these elements to hold someone responsible for your losses:
- Duty of care. The defendant must have owed you a duty of care. Every person who drives on public streets has an obligation to operate the vehicle with caution and obey traffic laws.
- Breach of duty. If a person’s conduct fails to measure up to the legal standard, it is negligence. Let us say that an Uber driver drank a few cocktails before logging on and picking up passengers. The Uber driver’s blood alcohol level exceeded the state’s limit. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in our state and violates the legal duty of care.
- Causation. The negligent act must be the thing that caused or contributed to the collision. Because the alcohol slowed the Uber driver’s reflexes and reaction time, he did not stop in time at a red light. He crashed into the side of a car that had the right of way. The careless conduct of driving while intoxicated caused the accident.
- Quantifiable damages. The plaintiff must have measurable losses. Physical injuries satisfy this element of liability.
This scenario meets the requirements to hold the Uber driver responsible for the plaintiff’s damages.
When the Rideshare Company Can Be Responsible for Your Losses
Sometimes, the rideshare company can have liability for the careless conduct of its drivers. If the company was negligent and that carelessness caused or contributed to the accident, the company can be liable.
These are some of the types of negligence which may be relevant to your circumstances:
The rideshare company has an obligation to hire drivers who will not endanger the safety of their riders or the general public. To accomplish this goal, the company should perform criminal record and background checks on applicants who want to work as drivers. If Uber did not run these checks, and the driver had DWIs on his record, the company may be negligent.
The rideshare company has a duty to make sure their drivers have the skills and experience to perform the work safely. This obligation includes training drivers to operate their vehicles without getting distracted by the required equipment, like the security camera and the device they use to access the app. Failure to provide this training can be negligence.
The company should monitor the driving records of its drivers and take dangerous drivers off the road. In our scenario, if the driver got two DWIs while working for Uber, but the company did not perform ongoing checks of driving records at reasonable intervals, Uber can be liable.
The legal theories that go into analyzing who can get sued for someone’s injuries after a rideshare accident can be overwhelming. You do not have to sort out these concepts on your own. A Greenville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer at the Hammack Law Firm can evaluate your injury claim. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a free case review.
Damages in a Rideshare Accident in Greenville
We will need to talk to you and investigate your situation before we can calculate the amount of money damages you might collect for your rideshare accident injury claim. Every case is different. Another person in the same car as you might have vastly different losses.
Here are some of the types of money damages we have won for our clients:
- Medical bills - the reasonable cost of the treatment you needed for your injuries
- Lost income - the paychecks you missed while you were out of work recuperating
- Diminished earning capacity – if you had to take a lower-paying job or work fewer hours because of your injuries or lasting impairment
- Long-term care – if your injuries make you dependent on daily assistance with medical treatments and personal care
- Mobility devices– like wheelchairs, crutches, and adapted vehicles
- Pain and suffering – for the physical discomfort and emotional distress of the accident and your injuries
- Other intangibles – other non-economic losses, like disfigurement, loss of the enjoyment of life, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Once we know your total losses, we can determine the fair value of your accident and related damages.
Getting Help from a Lawyer for Your Greenville Rideshare Accident Injury Claim
At the Hammack Law Firm, our passion is to help people who get hurt because of the carelessness of others. You did not ask to get injured, and you should not have to bear the financial losses from someone else’s negligence. A Greenville Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer can advocate on your behalf.
We treat our clients like our own friends and family. Please do not wait too long to call us. If you miss the deadline our state gives to file a lawsuit for your losses, you can lose the right to go after compensation.
You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started. We can speak to you about Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies, and how they may help you.