Five Things You Need To Know If You Were In A Rideshare Accident
Ride sharing is an extremely popular mode of transportation, especially in popular cities such as New Orleans, Metairie, and Gretna. While convenient, it is just as dangerous as traveling in any other motor vehicle. If you have been involved in a rideshare accident in an Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare service, our New Orleans Uber & Lyft accident lawyers can help you today.
#1 – The compensation you could potentially be entitled to depends on the ‘status’ of the rideshare driver.
Uber’s responsibility for an accident depends in part on the availability of insurance coverage. Insurance coverage in rideshare accidents is unique and depends on the rideshare driver’s status, which includes ‘waiting’ and ‘picking up’. If the at-fault driver is an Uber driver ‘waiting’ for a ride request, then Uber can provide up to $50,000 in compensation per person. However, if the at-fault driver is ‘picking up’ a passenger or has a passenger in their vehicle, Uber’s coverage increases to $1 million. This can be a complicated process and our rideshare attorneys are ready to help you navigate each step.
#2 – If another driver causes the accident, Uber and Lyft are not liable for damages.
In accidents where the rideshare driver is not at fault, there is a different process to receive damages. This could include, for example, a cyclist not following traffic laws or another driver crashing into the Uber or Lyft vehicle. In these situations where the rideshare driver is found to be not at fault, you will have to file a claim against the at-fault driver.
#3 – There is a deadline for filing a car accident claim in Louisiana.
In our state, there is a statute of limitations on when you can bring a claim after being in a rideshare accident. A statute of limitation means you have to file a car accident lawsuit within one year of the accident occurring, otherwise you may not be able to later bring that claim. However, this does not apply to filing for an insurance claim or compensation.
#4 – You may be entitled to compensation for your rideshare accident claim.
Our dedicated attorneys are experienced at securing the appropriate amount of damages for rideshare accidents in Louisiana. Damages can cover the following costs:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages due to the injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- And more.
While you may be eligible to receive compensation from Uber or Lyft through their insurance coverage, this is not a guarantee that your claim will be fairly compensated. Insurance companies’ main goal is to save money, not to protect you and your rights. Therefore, working with Palazzo Law Firm can help ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
#5 – If you are unsure about your legal rights or what to do next, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys.
Being in a car accident can be scary and you may not know what to do next. The Palazzo Law Firm can help victims of rideshare accidents throughout Louisiana including New Orleans, Metairie and Gretna. Schedule a consultation with our rideshare accident lawyers today by calling 504-433-1442.