Bicycle Accident Lawyers for Rideshare Crashes
Our attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve
It happens far too often – a negligent rideshare driver causes a crash that leaves a bicyclist or pedestrian seriously injured. What if the driver works for a rideshare service? The laws and rules for Uber and Lyft drivers can be different than regular drivers. This is why an insurance claim for a crash caused by an Uber or Lyft driver can get even more complicated. The accident attorneys from Keating Law Offices, P.C. know how to navigate these cases and will fight for your rights.
If the driver’s negligence caused your bicycle crash, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries. Because a bicyclist or pedestrian has very little protection in a crash, those injuries can be very serious. In some instances, a wrongful death may even occur. The injuries from a crash can include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Paralysis or nerve damage
- Dislocated or fractured collarbone
- Broken or dislocated hand/wrist/arm
- Leg injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Wrongful death
After a crash, you may require surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy and medication. Recovery can take months or years and during that time you may lose out on wages you otherwise would have earned. Sometimes, an injury leads to a permanent disability or even death.
Rideshare accident attorneys who get answers when you’ve been injured
If you’ve been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, you probably have a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions our Lyft and Uber accident lawyers get are:
Who is responsible for my Lyft or Uber accident?
Claims involving rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, can be complicated because of the different insurance policies involved. All drivers are required to carry their own car insurance policies with a minimum level of liability coverage. However, when the driver is using the app or has passengers in the car, they are covered by at least an additional $1 million liability policy and a $1 million uninsured motorist policy.
Another complicating factor is that Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors by the companies, not company employees. So, the companies may deny responsibility for crashes caused by their drivers if they can claim that the driver was operating their vehicle on their own and not “on the app” looking for riders or giving a ride. The specific facts of the crash can involve a precise investigation. Both the driver and the company have their own insurance company, and in many instances their own lawyers.
Do I need a lawyer for my Lyft or Uber accident?
Rideshare accidents are complicated. There are specific rules and regulations in Illinois and Chicago for Lyft and Uber drivers. A good rideshare accident lawyer will have experience handling complex cases. They can investigate your crash to get to the facts. They can gather evidence, such as company passenger records and traffic camera footage, and carefully review accident reports, medical records and other documentation. They can also identify and interview witnesses, and they can consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
The attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. always provide free consultations with absolutely no obligation. There are zero fees in any case unless it is successfully resolved. If you have any questions regarding a potential case, please contact us. We are here to help.
What is my Lyft or Uber accident claim worth?
Each Lyft or Uber accident is unique, but generally, rideshare accident victims can recover compensation for all the damages they suffered in the crash. For example, medical expenses for treating your injuries – both now and in the future. Other damages may include lost wages if you were left unable to return to work. A personal injury attorney may seek compensation for other damages as well, such as pain and suffering and loss of a normal life.
The law firm with the experience that gets results
When insurance companies see that we have built a strong case and are prepared to fight for you all the way to court if necessary, they often agree to talk about a settlement. If they only want to make a quick deal that helps them save money, we are not interested. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs.
This includes compensation for all the damages you suffered in the crash. For example, medical expenses for treating your injuries – both now and in the future. Other damages may include lost wages if you were left unable to return to work. We may seek compensation for other damages as well, such as pain and suffering.
We know the tactics that insurance companies try to use to minimize your claim. We know how to fight back. If the insurance company won’t agree to a settlement, we’ll be ready to take your case to trial. We are here for you every step of the way.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident involving a ridesharing company, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our bicycle accident attorneys. We can review the details of your crash, go over your legal options and answer any questions that you have. We are available to meet at our main office conveniently located in Chicago’s Loop or our West Town location. Our attorneys are also always available to meet with you at your home or any place that is more convenient for you. Our goal is to help our clients as much as possible. Contact us today.