Victims of Uber and Lyft accidents are often frustrated and confused about who will pay for their injuries, which is one of the reasons why it’s so important to speak with an experienced rideshare injury lawyer Lake Charles, LA residents rely on and to do so as soon as you can in the wake of an accident.
Rideshare companies sprung up quickly and became almost immediately popular – before local and state governments could implement reasonable regulations. As these services grow ever more popular, attorneys and courts are being forced to sort out the numerous legal gray areas. Below is some helpful information to take note of if you have been injured in a ridesharing accident – particularly as a paying passenger.
Are Ridesharing Services Safe?
If you’re paying someone for a ride, it is reasonable to expect that the service they offer is safe and reliable. It is difficult to answer questions about the likelihood of accidents in rideshare vehicles because there still isn’t very much data. Moreover, each rideshare driver is simply a personal driver who decided to make the switch to commercial fares. As such, the safety practices of any driver are more predictive than rideshare accidents as a whole.
That being said, there are several factors common to the ridesharing experience that make it potentially dangerous. The first is the use of apps for drivers to both connect with customers and navigate traffic. Distracted driving is dangerous, and constantly having to check in with one’s phone makes it much harder to pay attention to the road.
The second danger is the time of night or day that a driver normally works. Travelling late at night and transporting bar patrons home is dangerous because of other drivers that might be on the road. It also creates a risk of driver drowsiness and fatigue.
The Role of Insurance Policies
After a car accident, insurance companies end up footing most of the bill (through paying claims or losing in personal injury litigation). Therefore, it is important to understand the insurance dynamics at play in rideshare situations. Our Lake Charles, LA rideshare injury lawyer team can clarify your rights and options after learning more about your unique circumstances.
If you were injured as a rideshare passenger that collided with another car, there may be three insurance companies and policies at play: the personal policy of your driver, the personal policy of the other driver and the commercial/supplemental policy of Uber or Lyft.
Should fault for the accident be disputed (and it often is), the insurance companies may each try to disavow liability and claim that the other policies are applicable instead. In the event of such a dispute, you will likely need your own Lousiana attorney to vigorously advocate on your behalf and bring litigation to force a payment or settlement.
Contact Us to Learn How We Can Help
The experienced team at Delphin Law Firm is proud to fight for personal injury victims, including those hurt in rideshare accidents. We understand that these cases are complex and we are ready to help you claim full and fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to speak to a rideshare injury lawyer Lake Charles, LA residents trust; we look forward to speaking with you.