There are more options for getting around Fresno than ever before. In addition to taking a cab or cycling, Fresno has rideshare options like Uber or Lyft. You can still get in car accidents while in a rideshare, however.
If you were hurt in a collision with a rideshare operator, you might be entitled to a monetary award. These cases can be particularly complex, especially when it comes to dealing with multiple insurance companies. Let our Fresno rideshare accident lawyers help you secure the financial compensation you need.
Damages Possibly Recoverable in a Fresno Rideshare Accident Case
Each rideshare accident could cause countless types of bodily injuries, and each of those injuries could impact you in different ways. For that reason, the financial compensation in one rideshare accident case could be very different from another.
Our personal injury firm could advise you on the types of damages available to you.
When it comes to rideshare accidents, medical expenses often play an important part in an injured party’s compensation. Medical care is expensive, and serious injuries could require ongoing care for months or years. You could be entitled to the cost of surgeries, physical therapy, or hospitalization, among other things.
Missing out on your primary source of income is a common result of injury. If you are too hurt to work, your lost wages could significantly contribute to your financial strain after a rideshare accident. Your civil lawsuit could allow you to replace those lost wages.
Pain and Suffering
Severe physical pain is also a byproduct of many rideshare accidents. The physical pain associated with your injuries could lead to compensation, although the value of your case is subjective. Our firm could establish the extent of your pain and show the jury why you are entitled to financial damages.
There Could Be Multiple Sources of Compensation in Your Accident
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, you could be entitled to damages from multiple parties. The sources of your compensation could vary from individuals to insurance companies.
The first place most people look when they seek compensation following a vehicle collision is the other driver. In fact, there could be multiple motorists that share responsibility for your crash. You could have the right to pursue an injury case against them, even if they were driving for a rideshare company at the time.
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Of course, the law requires these drivers to carry liability insurance. These policies could provide you with compensation beyond what the driver could afford on their own.
Your Insurance Company
Your best option for securing a monetary award following a rideshare accident might be with your own insurance company. This depends largely on the type of coverage you have purchased. The standard liability policy will not pay for your damages after a collision with a rideshare operator, but other policies might.
For example, you could be covered if you have a full coverage policy. These policies will pay for your medical bills and vehicle damage no matter who was at fault. You might also be covered if you have uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage. This policy could kick in if the rideshare driver was uninsured or underinsured.
The important thing to remember is that these types of policies are voluntary. If you have not selected these policies previously, you will not have that type of coverage available.
Other Insurance Companies
In many cases, other insurance companies are the best option for securing compensation. In some cases, you could be entitled to pursue a claim with more than one of these carriers. Rideshare drivers are required to carry their own coverage, but they are often covered by policies paid for by the rideshare company as well.
The policy paid for by the driver is the “primary” policy, meaning you must exhaust that coverage before you can seek benefits directly from the rideshare company policy. This is often simple to do, as the policy limits could be well below the total cost of your accident. When that happens, you could pursue benefits from the company.
- No coverage: When the rideshare driver is not carrying a passenger or using the app to find one
- Some coverage: Limited coverage is available if an accident happens when the rideshare driver is using the mobile app but has not yet accepted a rider.
- Full coverage: Up to $1 million in benefits could be available if an accident occurs from the time the ride is accepted to the point the passenger is dropped off.
Paying for a Rideshare Accident Lawyer from Our Firm Is Not Expensive
While worrying about the cost of hiring a rideshare accident attorney is understandable, legal representation for your injury case is more affordable than you might realize. This is thanks to an approach to a billing style known as the contingency-fee basis.
When our firm works on a contingency-fee basis, we take on a Fresno accident case at no upfront cost to you. That means you will pay nothing out of pocket while our attorneys pursue compensation on your behalf.
Our firm only collects our fee when we secure compensation for your injuries. At that point, we keep a percentage of everything we bring in on your case. We only get paid when we are successful.
You Could Recover Compensation Following a Rideshare Accident in Fresno
If you were injured in a rideshare accident, selecting an attorney is the first step toward securing the financial compensation you need. Your legal counsel could guide you along the way to ensure you are treated fairly during your pursuit of justice.
The team at Nadrich & Cohen understands what it takes to pursue compensation following a rideshare accident in Fresno. To learn how our lawyers could help, call right away for your free consultation.