Uber & Lyft Accidents
Alexandria Personal Injury Attorneys – 571.290.2390
As ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft get more and more popular, the
chances of being caught in a ridesharing accident also increases. Due
to the somewhat unusual circumstances of being hurt in a vehicle as a
paying passenger, it can be difficult to understand liability and who
should be accountable for your injuries and damages. Taking a guess could
jeopardize your claim’s chances of success.
Rather than heading into your Uber or Lyft accident claim with uncertainty,
team up with The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC. Our car accident attorneys in
Alexandria are renowned for acting with compassion whenever interacting
with our clients but tenacity whenever we deal with the opposition. Throughout
our 30+ years of legal experience, we have been able to represent
thousands of people in situations very much like yours.
Talk to us about what happened by dialing 571.290.2390 or filling out an
online contact form.
Who is Liable for Your Uber or Lyft Accident?
When you get into a
car accident, the typical assumption is the other driver should pay for your damage
if they were entirely to blame for the collision. What happens with liability
in a ridesharing accident in which you were a passenger? Virginia’s
pure contributory negligence law may actually work in your favor.
In simple terms, a pure contributory negligence law blocks someone from
seeking monetary damages from other parties involved in an accident if
they – the hopeful plaintiff – are found to be even
1% liable for said accident. Since you were riding in the back or passenger
seat of an Uber or Lyft when you got into an accident, you should, in
theory, be 0% liable for the collision and retain the right to file a
claim for damages.
Damages you may be able to cite after a ridesharing accident include:
- Cost of medical attention and hospitalization.
- Cost of any property damage experienced during the crash.
- Wages you did not earn due to missing work.
- Pain, suffering, and other noneconomic damages.
Keep in mind you not being liable for an Uber or Lyft accident does not
guarantee you will receive all the compensation you need and deserve,
or any at all. If you name your own ridesharing driver in your claim,
they might try to defend themselves by stating you were being disruptive
or distracting while riding as a passenger. Without any in-cab footage
leading up to the crash, the case could hinge upon your word against their
own. Prepare yourself and your argument effectively by utilizing the services
of our Virginia Uber and Lyft accident attorneys from The Barrera Law
initial case evaluations to inquiring clients. Schedule yours now.