Denver Rideshare Accident Attorneys
A new industry is taking America by storm.
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 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 Colorado, 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
There are several factors that can contribute to the amount of damages you are eligible to recover. First, and foremost, are medical costs (past, current, and future) related to the injuries you sustained.
You may also be compensated for ‘general damages’ which include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental distress, and emotional anguish. In some instances where negligence or intentional harm was significant, you may pursue punitive damages.
Additionally, if you were involved in a car accident, then you may also be compensated for property damages, especially if there was loss of use of your vehicle.
As professional attorneys, we acknowledge our duty to keep our interactions with our clients entirely confidential. Not only do we aim to comply with the rules of ethics in our field, but we also want to keep your trust by securing personal information.
The Bourassa Law Group will work diligently with a supporting team of medical professionals, accident research specialists, and investigators to uncover the circumstances of your claim. We will seek out the degree of fault, analyze your injuries and losses, and evaluate the total impact the personal injury has had on your life. In addition to this, our team will assess the degree to which comparative negligence can affect your claim and determine if the at-fault party has insurance limits that would prevent them from compensating your total damages.
There is absolutely no cost for an initial consultation with the dedicated attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group. We understand how stressed you must be with the physical injuries, mental and emotional distress, and financial concerns that can arise after an unexpected accident - and we do not want to add to that burden.
Our team wants you to know that you are not alone. We are ready to hear your case and provide quality legal guidance. Contact us right now at (303) 331-6186 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
After suffering an accident, victims may wonder whether seeking legal care is effective and cost-efficient. You should know that our services are provided on a “contingency fee basis.” This means that we do not get paid unless you win.
The fees that we charge for our services are a percentage of the total amount that you will recover from your personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about how this process works. If your case is not successfully resolved with a considerable settlement - you owe us nothing.