Chicago Rideshare Accident Lawyers
When you’ve been injured, our attorneys help you recover compensation
Rideshare services, such as Lyft and Uber, have become very popular. When there’s a car accident that leaves you injured, who is responsible for paying financial compensation? It can be complicated. The car accident attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C. help the injured recover the compensation they deserve.
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- What To Expect After I Hire A Rideshare Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, the negligence of some rideshare drivers commonly results in injuries to fare-paying customers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other users of the roadways. Rideshare companies can also be responsible, as many of the drivers lack extensive training and, in some cases, enough background checks to ensure the safety of their customers.
Unlike other forms of transportation, rideshare drivers have an incentive to get their customers to their requested destination as quickly as possible. Their income depends on how many fares they have in a day. Delivering a customer to a requested destination quickly allows the rideshare driver to pick up new customers and earn more fares and tips.
Our attorneys hold negligent rideshare drivers accountable
The faster these drivers drive, the more money they make. This often results in drivers exceeding the speed limit, failing to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists, and other careless driving behavior. The result can be an accident that leaves people seriously injured.
Collisions often result in severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. This can result in the injured person or their family incurring massive medical bills and significant lost wages.
If you are injured as a result of a negligent Uber driver or Lyft driver, you are entitled to compensation for past, present and future medical bills, as well as past and future lost wages, loss of a normal life, disfigurement and past and future emotional pain and suffering.
Drivers for Uber and Lyft are required to carry their own car insurance policies that have minimum amounts of liability coverage. If they have passengers in the car, they are covered by an addition $1 million liability policy and a $1 million uninsured motorist policy. Rideshare companies and insurance companies fight claims for compensation, because they know there is a lot of money at stake.
How soon should I contact a rideshare accident lawyer?
You can contact an attorney anytime with zero obligation. The rideshare accident attorneys at Keating Law Offices are available 24/7 by calling or contacting us online. Consultations are free, so take a few minutes to reach out to us. It could make the difference between an insurance company denying your claim and paying you a large settlement.
There are many advantages to contacting an attorney as soon after your injury as possible.
- Insurance companies train their staff to take recorded statements of injured people who do not retain an attorney. Sometimes, these conversations lead even the most sophisticated people into misstating what happened, how their injuries feel, or whether they need any more medical treatment. Remember, insurance company representatives represent an insurance company, while attorneys represent their clients.
- Many personal injury cases must be filed in court within a short timeframe. This timeframe is set by a law commonly called the statute of limitations. This law sets the limited timeframe in which you must investigate everything needed about your case before filing a lawsuit. The more time you have to gather evidence before filing a lawsuit, the stronger your lawsuit will be at the early stages. Keating Law Offices has a zealous team of attorneys and staff that know where to look for evidence and information to support their clients’ cases.
- Evidence itself is often time-sensitive, so contacting an attorney as soon as possible reduces your risk that key evidence will be lost or destroyed. Some police departments, for example, retain video of streets and intersections for a very short period of time. Many companies have “record retention” policies that don’t dictate what records to keep as much as how soon they destroy certain records that might be critical to your rideshare personal injury lawsuit. Or some people who might be your best witness have memories that fade with time. If you are able to retain the attorneys at Keating Law Offices, P.C., they can use their decades of experience to take aggressive steps to preserve and record evidence that will help your case.
Helping the injured in Chicago and throughout Illinois
Our firm investigates your crash to find out what really happened. We know where to look for evidence – for example, we’ll review traffic camera footage and request company passenger records. We carefully review accident reports and medical records. We interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts.
We build strong cases that insurance companies can’t ignore. When they see that we have put a lot of work into your case, they usually agree to talk about a settlement. If they won’t agree to a settlement that meets your needs, we will be ready to fight for you in court. Keating Law Offices is committed to helping you get the best possible outcome.
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. We can review the details of your accident and explain your rights. We can also go over your legal options. Our legal team can start investigating the crash before evidence is lost or destroyed and while the memories of witnesses are still fresh.
Learn more about how a car accident attorney can help with your case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.