Did you suffer paralysis after experiencing an Uber or Lyft accident? Without a doubt, paralysis is one of the most devastating potential outcomes of auto accidents. From one day to the next, affected parties could simply be unable to do the things they could do before. If you were paralyzed as a result of the injuries that you suffered during an Uber or Lyft accident, you might have grounds to take legal action.
Could you pursue a claim for the harm that you suffered? Could you sue Uber or Lyft? Your right to sue Uber or Lyft for your paralysis will always be based on the specific details surrounding the incident. If you would like to learn more about whether you could pursue a claim for the paralysis that you suffered in an Uber or Lyft accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance at your earliest convenience.
If you would like to discuss your current situation with an attorney, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm at your earliest convenience. Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Downtown L.A Law Group are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you might need to take legal action immediately. If you would like to speak with our experienced attorneys, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
Common Causes of Uber and Lyft Accidents
By far, the most common cause of rideshare accidents consists of negligence. Drivers, in specific, are negligent – their carelessness and recklessness directly contribute to accidents. They might speed, ignore traffic signals, weave in and out of traffic, tailgate, cut other drivers off, and fail to yield the right of way, for example. These negligent actions can quickly cause accidents and contribute to the injuries that innocent drivers and passengers suffer.
The Injuries that Could Lead to Paralysis
Uber and Lyft accidents could result in a number of injuries, some of which could result in paralysis. Spinal cord injuries, in specific, can cause paralysis. Cervical spine injuries can result in quadriplegia; lumbar spine injuries can result in paraplegia. Traumatic brain injuries could also cause paralysis; if a brain injury results in Hemiplegia, for example, an affected party could experience the total paralysis of the truck, leg, and arm on one side of the body.
Unfortunately, paralysis is a real possibly after an Uber or Lyft accident. If you or a member of your family suffered paralysis after a rideshare accident, you should explore the possibility of taking legal action. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
Uber and Lyft Insurance Policies
Anyone who drives for or rides with Uber or Lyft must have a thorough understanding of the insurance that these rideshare companies carry. These coverages are very similar – and apply either partially or fully based on the circumstance. Partial coverage includes $50,000 per injury, $100,000 for total injuries, and $25,000 in property damage. Full coverage includes a $1,000,000 policy.
Uber and Lyft’s insurance coverage only apply on active rides. If the driver is not logged into the app, no coverage will apply. If the driver is logged into the app and waiting for a ride request, partial coverage applies. As soon as the driver accepts a ride, full coverage applies (from the moment the ride is accepted to the moment the ride is ended).
If you would like to learn more about these insurance policies and how they could apply to your claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at your earliest convenience.
Could You Sue?
Could you sue Uber or Lyft after being involved in an accident? The answer to this question depends on the specific details of your accident. In general, victims of car accidents have the right to sue the parties that directly caused the accidents (they can file claims against their insurance companies). In severe accidents, the coverage offered by the policies of liable parties might be enough; therefore, you might need to pursue the applicable rideshare insurance company.
Although you might assume that Uber or Lyft might automatically cover the costs associated with the harm that you suffered, that is not the case. All insurance companies go to extreme measures to avoid paying claimants. Because of this, legal action is often necessary. If you would like to learn more about the possibility of suing Uber or Lyft to be able to benefit from their insurance policy, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm today.
Could You Recover Compensation?
Without a doubt, paralysis can potentially change lives forever. From one day to the next, affected parties could be bound to a bed or a wheelchair. Because of the severity of the injury suffered and its effect on your life, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation.
Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation. How much could you be eligible to receive? What type of compensation might you be awarded? Although every claim is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses (for past and future medical care)
- Lost earnings (past and projected lost income)
- Pain and suffering (for mental and emotional distress)
- Punitive damages (to punish the defendant)
If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive if your claim reaches a successful outcome, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience. Our experts are ready to evaluate your Uber or Lyft accident claim and help you understand how you could be compensated. Our Uber and Lyft car accident attorneys are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm today.
What Should You Do?
After being involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, there are a number of things that you should do. Regardless of whether you were injured as a driver or a passenger, you should do the following:
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, including the damage to vehicles
- Take photos of all physical injuries suffered
- Get medical attention for all injuries immediately
- Take screenshots of the Uber or Lyft app immediately after your accident
- Gather witness contact information, if witnesses were present
- Exchange insurance information with all parties involved in the accident
- Contact Uber or Lyft to report the incident (usually through the app)
- Gather all medical records
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
When you follow the recommended steps above, you are essentially preparing to take legal action. Without a doubt, you might not be immediately thinking about filing a claim; however, these steps are things that any party involved in an auto accident should follow. If they eventually decide to pursue a claim, they will be prepared.
The Statute of Limitations
Depending on the details surrounding your Uber or Lyft accident claim, you might have grounds to sue for the paralysis that you suffered as a result of the accident. However, you could lose your right to sue. All claims are subject to a strict deadline which determines the exact length of time that claimants have to file their claims. Deadlines are determined by a statute of limitations. If claims are not filed by the time allowed by the applicable statute of limitations, the right to sue will be lost as mentioned above.
What deadline applies to your claim? In California, injury claims – including rideshare accident claims – are subject to a two-year statute of limitations; this means that claimants only have two years to file their claims. As explained above, failing to file on time could result in losing the right to sue. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the time that you have to sue, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm at your earliest convenience.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Were you involved in an Uber or Lyft accident that left you paralyzed? Whether you were involved in the accident as a rideshare driver or passenger, you might have grounds to sue for your paralysis. To explore the possibility of pursuing a claim and even recovering monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered, it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately. You can trust the Uber and Lyft accident attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law Group.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of claims – including rideshare accident claims. Our rideshare accident lawyers are ready to handle your claim and provide you with all the information that you need to hold the liable party or entity accountable for the harm that you suffered.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are committed to providing all affected parties with the necessary legal services; therefore, our firm offers free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and essentially provide you with all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. If you would like to benefit from the free legal services provided by our firm, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Our firm also offers a convenient Zero-Fee guarantee. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our law firm is also based on contingency structure; therefore, our clients will never be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome.
To learn more about your right to take legal action after being paralyzed as a result of an Uber or Lyft accident, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.