Denver Rideshare Accident Attorneys
The ‘sharing economy’ has opened up the door to dozens, if not hundreds, of businesses looking to accommodate individuals looking for cost-effective solutions to big needs. From sharing homes to cars, this model is transforming the economy in many different ways.
Ridesharing is one such service that is quickly becoming a preferred method of transportation, offering users plenty of benefits at a reasonable price.
But how safe are these services, exactly? A rideshare accident claim can be especially challenging for an innocent passenger who has been thrust in the middle of a serious crash not of their own doing. Insurance policies can get complex and you may have to deal with multiple parties just to secure the recovery you need to help pay for your medical bills.
Because of this hard truth, we advise that you seek the experienced and dedicated guidance of the Denver attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group to help you sort through all of the legal intricacies that can make it difficult to prove your claim. We’ll make sure to deliver the attention you deserve, guiding you every step of the way until we successfully litigate your claim.
The Denver personal injury lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group want to hear your story. Contact us at (303) 331-6186 or online to speak with one of our Denver rideshare accident attorneys today.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been in a Rideshare Accident?
As is standard when it comes to any kind of car accident, if you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, it is a good idea that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Seeking out medical attention, regardless if you have suffered minor or severe injuries, is not only beneficial for your health but it also helps to document that the rideshare accident was serious enough to warrant a medical attention and treatment. Medical documentation of your injuries will prove invaluable in proving your personal injury claim.
When it comes to medical treatment, you will want to follow these guidelines:
- Always tell the truth to the doctor(s), starting on your first trip to the hospital.
- Make sure to take the medication that has been prescribed to you.
- Do not stop medical treatment at any time during your personal injury claim.
- Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments.
- Document your injuries and how treatment is coming along.
Following a car accident, police officers will investigate the incident in order to determine who is at fault. The law enforcement agency that recorded the incident will create a report that you will want to obtain as well. Once you have retrieved the report, review it for any inaccuracies.
If you need support securing all documentation, speaking with insurance companies, and successfully proving your claim, then trust in the strong legal team of The Bourassa Law Group. Our Denver attorneys have two goals: to deliver unmatched customer service and amazing results.
Contact us right now a (303) 331-6186 for a FREE consultation.
What Makes Rideshare Accidents So Complex?
One major aspect of what makes Lyft or Uber accidents so difficult is that state law is struggling to catch up with these emerging companies and others like them. While these rideshare companies may provide a lot of job opportunities to Americans, they also come with a catch.
Technically speaking, drivers of these companies are not employees but independent contractors. This is an important legal distinction because it protects rideshare companies by giving them the ability to deny claims filed against their drivers.
However, these companies must still carry liability insurance for the drivers, it just depends on the particular circumstances of your car accident as to whether your claim will be accepted or not.
That is why the car accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group are here to help. We take pride in our many years of determining liability in car accidents, even with the recent ridesharing trend.
Here are a few things a car accident attorney must consider if their client was involved in a rideshare accident:
- Was the rideshare driver logged in to the app? – This is an important distinction. If the driver was not logged into the Lyft or Uber app, the claim must be filed against the driver’s personal insurance. If he or she was logged in, the ridesharing company may be responsible for your claim.
- Was the driver “engaged in a ride?” – Whenever a rideshare driver is in transit with a passenger — or traveling to pick one up — the driver is technically considered “engaged in a ride.” If an accident were to occur involving the rideshare driver, their company insurance normally covers up to $1 million in accordance with the state law. Should the driver crash, that $1 million would cover damages to any passengers or third parties involved.
Specifically, Uber offers coverages for:
- Up to $1 million in damages caused by the driver of the rideshare vehicle.
- Up to $1 million in damages caused by an uninsured/under-insured motorist.
- Provides supplemental coverage for collisions.
- Provides coverage for personal policies.
Lyft offers to:
- Take over as the primary insurance holder.
- Cover up to $1 million in damages caused by the rideshare driver.
- Cover up to $1 million in damages caused by uninsured/under-insured motorists.
- Provide supplemental coverage for collisions.
- Provide coverage for personal policies.
Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Like any “regular” car accident, the causes of a rideshare accident can vary. Every crash is different but the following reasons often contribute to these types of crashes:
- Fatigue – Many rideshare drivers work for Uber or Lyft part-time, possibly after working a full time job else where. This can cause the driver to become fatigued and more likely to get into an accident.
- Speeding – A rideshare driver may be in a hurry to pick up or drop off passengers so that they can get to the next customer in an attempt to maximize profits. Speeding when behind the wheel often leads to dangerous situations.
- Distracted Driving – Checking Facebook statuses, tweeting, texting, and even eating while driving are all considered forms of distracted driving. If the driver takes his or her eyes off of the road to look at a screen, that can place passengers in danger.
- Reckless Driving – If a rideshare driver runs a red light or a stop sign, fails to yield the right of way or obey any other type of traffic law, he or she is driving recklessly. Reckless driving can lead to an accident and you may be eligible to file a rideshare accident settlement.
- Aggressive Driving – This usually happens when a driver is accelerating quickly, tailgating other drivers, and/or cutting people off on the road.
- Poor Maintenance – If the vehicle the rideshare driver is operating is in poor condition (e.g. worn tires, worn brakes, or general engine problems), a car accident may occur, harming all involved.
- Intoxicated Driving – In some instances, a rideshare driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they pick up passengers.
- Construction Zones – Every driver is required to be extra cautious when traveling in a construction zone. If a rideshare driver is not abiding by the speed limits or other hazard signs inside of a work zone, they could be putting their passenger’s life in danger.
- Hazardous Roads – A pot hole, uneven pavement, a lack of traffic signs, and poorly maintained drainage systems all can contribute to a rideshare accident.
If you or loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Denver, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186.
Types of Injuries Sustained in a Rideshare Accidents
For the most part, injuries that are sustained in a car accident are also typically comparable to injuries that are sustained in a “regular” car accident.
These types of injuries include:
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Burn Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Head and Brain Injuries
It is important that if you sustained any of the above injuries to see a medical professional as soon as possible, even if it may feel or appear that you are unharmed. Some injuries may take a few days to even weeks to manifest.
Types of Compensation You Can Obtain for Being Involved in a Rideshare Accident
A rideshare accident may leave you with painful injuries that may cause you to miss work or even leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to work ever again. At The Bourassa Law Group we know that your pain and suffering are real, that’s why we will do everything possible to ensure that you obtain full recovery so you can begin the healing process.
Depending on your injuries, our dedicated Colorado car accident attorneys will fight to help you obtain compensation for the following damages:
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Disfigurement and Disability
- Loss of Companionship
- Mental Anguish
- Lowered Quality of Life
- Medical Expenses
- Repair of Property
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Future Earnings
- Future Medical Care
Hiring the dedicated and experienced Denver rideshare accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group greatly increase your chances of securing the compensation you need to put your life back on track.
Contact us right now at (303) 331-6186 or fill out our contact request form to set up your FREE and confidential consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.