Rideshare Accident Attorneys
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Were you injured or did you lose a loved one in a rideshare accident? If so, you are not alone. Rideshare accidents are becoming increasingly common, and they often result in serious injury and death. With laws surrounding rideshare accidents still in flux, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure your rights are protected.
At Gulf South Law Firm, we are passionate about fighting for the rights of the injured. Our rideshare accident lawyers are here to help you understand your legal options and work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed. We know how to take on major corporations like Uber and Lyft, and we are prepared to fight for you, every step of the way.
How Are Rideshare Accidents Different from Other Car Accidents?
Rideshare accidents are not all that different from other types of car accidents. They can involve the same types of collisions, such as rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, and sideswipe accidents. They can also involve similar causes, such as speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving. However, rideshare accidents often have additional legal complexities that make them more difficult to navigate than other types of car accident claims.
For one, rideshare accidents often involve multiple insurance companies. When you are injured in a car accident that involves another driver, you typically only need to file a claim with that driver’s insurance company. However, when you are injured in a rideshare accident, you may need to file a claim with the driver’s personal auto insurance company, the rideshare company’s insurance provider, and/or your own insurance company. Juggling multiple insurance claims can be extremely difficult, especially when you are trying to recover from your injuries.
Additionally, rideshare accident claims can be more difficult than other types of car accident claims because of the rideshare company’s liability policy. Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have insurance policies that protect their drivers and passengers in the event of an accident. However, these policies are often quite limited, and the rideshare companies will do everything they can to minimize their liability. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, our attorneys can help you understand the rideshare company’s liability policy and work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed.
Who Is Liable for a Rideshare Accident?
After a rideshare accident, it is not always easy to determine liability. If the rideshare driver was at fault, you may be able to file a claim with their personal auto insurance provider. If the other driver was at fault, you may need to file a claim with their auto insurance company. If the rideshare driver was working and had a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident, you may need to file a claim with the rideshare company’s insurance provider.
Depending on the circumstances, the following parties may be liable for a rideshare accident:
- The rideshare driver
- The other driver involved in the accident
- The rideshare company
- A third-party contractor
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The vehicle’s maintenance provider
- The vehicle’s parts manufacturer
In some cases, multiple parties may share liability for a rideshare accident. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, our attorneys can help you understand who is liable and work to recover the compensation you are owed.
Tactics Employed by Rideshare Companies
Rideshare companies, driven by the desire to minimize liability and payouts, often employ various tactics:
Independent Contractor Status: Rideshare companies commonly argue that their drivers are independent contractors rather than employees, attempting to limit the company's liability. Our seasoned attorneys can challenge this classification based on the level of control the company exerts over its drivers.
Insurance Limitations: Rideshare companies may downplay their coverage or dispute the extent of their liability. Our legal team meticulously reviews insurance policies to ensure victims receive fair compensation for their damages.
Quick Settlement Offers: Rideshare companies may offer swift settlements to victims, aiming to resolve cases quickly and limit payouts. Our attorneys, however, assess the full extent of damages to guarantee victims are not shortchanged in the process.
Common Rideshare Accident Injuries
Rideshare accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor to severe. When you are involved in a rideshare accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away, even if you do not think you were seriously injured.
Common rideshare accident injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Crushing injuries
Some of these injuries may not be immediately apparent. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a rideshare accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Seeking medical attention right away can help to ensure you receive the necessary treatment and can help to establish a link between the accident and your injuries.
Recovering Compensation After a Rideshare Accident
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, recovering compensation after a rideshare accident is not always easy. The rideshare company and the insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize their liability and pay you as little as possible. That is why it is so important to work with an experienced rideshare accident lawyer in Gulfport.
At Gulf South Law Firm, we can help you recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket costs
In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the at-fault party for particularly egregious conduct and to deter similar conduct in the future. They are not awarded in every case, but our attorneys can help you understand if you may be entitled to them and work to recover them on your behalf.
How Long Do I Have to File a Rideshare Accident Lawsuit?
In Mississippi, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is three years from the date of injury or the date when the injury was or should have been discovered. However, if a government entity is involved, you may need to take action even sooner. If you were injured in a rideshare accident, it is important to take action right away. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case.
How Our Rideshare Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Gulf South Law Firm, we understand how devastating rideshare accidents can be, and we are here to help. Our rideshare accident lawyers are passionate advocates for the injured, and we are committed to helping you recover the compensation you are owed. We will take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal options.
When you choose us to handle your rideshare accident claim, you can expect:
- Compassionate, personalized service: We understand how difficult this time is for you and your family, and we are here to help in any way we can. You will have 24/7 access to our team, and we are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
- Aggressive advocacy from start to finish: We are a results-driven firm, and we will fight to win. Our attorneys are not afraid to take on major corporations, and we have a proven track record of success. We will not settle for anything less than the maximum compensation you are owed.
- Extensive experience: We have successfully handled numerous rideshare accident claims, and we know what it takes to win. You can rely on our team to provide the strong, effective representation you deserve.
Contact Our Rideshare Accident Lawyers Today
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, time is of the essence. The sooner you contact our rideshare accident lawyers, the sooner we can get to work on your case. We will conduct a thorough investigation, gather the necessary evidence, and work to build a strong case on your behalf. We will also handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance companies, so you can focus on what matters most: your recovery.
Our rideshare accident lawyers are proud to serve clients in Gulfport, Biloxi, and the surrounding areas. Call (228) 231-3989 or contact us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to serving you.
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