Tips After an Uber/Lyft Car Accident

Blog,Ridesharing • May 29, 2020

Pretty much all crashes are unexpected, meaning that nearly all accidents lead to a significant sense of disorientation and susceptibility for crash victims. Even still, that is even more true for passengers who suffered injuries while in a collision involving a rideshare vehicle. 

Even if you were injured while the passenger in a rideshare crash, or as another driver or pedestrian, it’s crucial that you understand there are particular legal issues impacting ridesharing crash compensation. Because of this, it is in your best interests to consult with a qualified New Jersey Uber/Lyft crash attorney after your accident to make sure that your legal rights are secured as you seek the compensation to which you are entitled.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind if you ever find yourself the victim of a ridesharing crash involving an Uber or Lift driver. 

The Insurance Company Is Not on Your Side

You should know that the insurance provider is a profitable business and will remain so. The insurance company will look out for its own interests — not yours. When those interests collide with the legal interests of a deserving crash victim after a ridesharing accident, these companies will still look out for their bottom line first and foremost. 

Remember that when the insurance company or its adjusters provide a settlement offer. In most cases, the offer will assuredly be lower than the compensation you need and are entitled to receive. Keep in mind that the company’s goal is to pay as little as it can, which is an unfair outcome that leaves the victims without the money they need to make a full recovery — particularly if their injuries require long-term treatment or medical care. 

Your New Jersey car crash lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into the collision that gets a full picture of the crash scene, who is responsible, and what the full extent of your damages are. With this evidence, your attorney can enter into negotiations to produce a fair settlement outcome that reflects the true value of your claim. 

The Ride-Sharing Company Is Out to Protect Its Own Interests

The same as the insurance provider is a business, rideshare companies are also looking out for their own interests, so this statement also applies to ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. The ridesharing company will employ an insurance adjuster who will be there looking after the bottom line of the company after the accident. 

Many people think that car crash claims should follow a relatively straightforward process where the liable party’s insurance provider covers the full and fair amount for a policyholder’s actions that bear legal responsibility for a crash. This is an extremely understandable sentiment, but sadly, victims require a legal advocate who is really interested in protecting the victim’s interests, just as these companies are looking to protect their own interests. 

If You Have Any Other Legal Questions, Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC Is Here to Help

At Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC, we serve as the legal ally of deserving crash victims who need and deserve legal compensation for injuries suffered due to the negligence of another driver. If you have suffered injuries in a rideshare collision, understand that our team has developed a reputation for helping injured personal injury victims obtain millions of dollars in compensation. 

In addition to contacting us before settling your case prematurely with the insurance provider, here are a few other tips that will aid your legal claim and increase your chances of compensation: 

  • Call 911 and seek medical attention for severe injuries right away. Your legal claim is important, but taking care of your health is even more crucial. Seek medical treatment and fully document all pains and injuries you experience after the crash, then be sure to contact a New Jersey rideshare crash lawyer.
  • Report the collision to the authorities and obtain information relevant to the crash, including license plates, as well as the identities of all drivers and witnesses involved or present at the scene of the accident. 
  • If possible, take photographic evidence of the damage, injuries, and surrounding accident scene for your case. 

This evidence will be beneficial when you meet with your lawyer at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC. It can be used to construct a strong case to defend your rights. Give us a call or contact us online for a free case evaluation and to speak with one of our ridesharing crash attorneys in New Jersey who will represent your legal interests and pursue the compensation you deserve after a ridesharing collision. 

Uber/Lyft Car Crashes in New Jersey

That have been recent studies establishing a link between the creation of Uber and an increase in roadway fatalities in the United States. Across the country, traffic fatalities have increased, with some sources claiming a 2 to 3 percent rise. This means an additional 1,100 people are dying annually. Why this is the case isn’t exactly clear at this time. However, more Uber drivers mean that there are more cars on the road and more miles being driven. Any potential injuries associated with the rideshare industry are compounded by the fact that these large companies will attempt to avoid liability by claiming their drivers are just contractors and not direct employees. 

The legal team at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC is here to help you make sure that your case is treated fairly and that the liable driver is held accountable for his or her actions. We will fight to make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve so that your life can get back on track. Contact our law offices today at (201) 997- 0030 if you or a loved one has been unfairly injured in a crash involving a rideshare driver.