Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies give passengers a chance to get where they need to go quickly and without the hassle of parking or driving their own car. And they give drivers a chance to take advantage of the increasingly popular gig economy and make full-time or part-time money. Unfortunately, as the popularity of rideshares has increased, so too have the number of serious and deadly accidents involving them. There are many different rideshare accident scenarios that can happen which is why these types of cases can be confusing and more complicated. We want to take away those feelings for you so that you can concentrate on your own recovery and have confidence that your legal case is being handled. At Tatum & Atkinson, we know how to win rideshare accident cases for the MOST money possible and have done so for many happy clients already.
You deserve justice- so get started today by contacting us if wants more information on how we’ll help make sure they pay up!! When you call us, you talk to the actual law partners that will work on your case. It’s this attention from the beginning that makes us stand out from the rest—we truly care about our clients and know how to get the most for them.
It can be confusing—are you suing the driver of the car, the driver of the other car or the rideshare company? It depends on the details and specifics of your accident. The good news is that when you have a rideshare accident case, there is a lot (over $1,000,000) of coverage available to collect on a winning case but these cases are hard fought and more complicated.
To find out the real value of any personal injury or wrongful death case, you need to speak with us directly so we can ask important, specific questions about your case. That being said, your rideshare accident can be worth a lot of money and you should not hesitate to get in touch with us ASAP to learn more and get started. Here’s a look at the different scenarios you can be involved in a NC Uber or Lyft accident and the corresponding coverage options:
When you are in the Uber or Lyft on a paid ride, you are considered an active passenger and as such your injuries and other issues stemming from the crash are covered by two sources—the drivers’ own insurance and the $1,00,000 policy that the rideshare companies hold. While there is a lot of money available, it is a more complicated case and the insurance companies put up a big fight to limit your recovery so you want to make sure that you are working with an experienced legal team.
As a full-time or part-time rideshare driver, you too have coverage options when you get hit by someone else, no matter what the scenario is. If you were actively on a trip with a passenger or on the way to pick someone up (your app is on and/or the next ride is confirmed), your personal injury car accident lawsuit would be more traditional in liability nature—you would first sue the other party that hit you directly. In the somewhat common scenario that they do not have enough insurance to cover your injuries, we would then file an underinsured motorist claim against your own coverage that you carry to make up the difference.
Again, the liability here will depend on whether the driver of the Uber or Lyft was on duty at the time you were hit by them. If he or she was either actively driving a passenger or their app was on accepting rides or enroute to a pickup, then you have the full coverage options of their own car insurance as well as the large insurance coverage of the rideshare company. This amount potentially available is well over $1 Million if you have the evidence and injuries to justify it. That being said, North Carolina is a contributory negligence state when it comes to even rideshare accidents which means that even though there is a lot of money to pay out your case, if you played a role in your accident (which all opposing insurance companies will undoubtedly try to argue) then you will be barred from recovering. This extremely difficult negligence standard means you need highly skilled legal representation to make sure you get paid!
The other potential scenario when you get hit by a rideshare car is if the driver is off duty—meaning no passengers, his app is off—really, he just happens to be a rideshare diver but not at that moment of the accident with you. In this scenario, there is no liability or insurance coverage by the rideshare company, just the coverage of the other driver and your own if theirs is insufficient.
When you want to make sure that you get the most money possible for your North Carolina rideshare accident, you want to make sure you are working with the team at Tatum & Atkinson. Insurance companies are in the business of saving money, not spending it and will work hard to delay and underpay you. We don’t let that happen. We know the nuances of rideshare cases and know how to win them. When you work with us you pay us nothing unless we get you paid. Our contingency fee payment model means that you get top notch legal help for nothing.
We have helped many injured people, people just like you, and we do it every day. We care, and we will be there for you when you need us, not just for that very important first phone call, but every day that our dedicated team of lawyers and paralegals spend working on your case. Call now 800-LAW-0804 (800-529-0804) and get the help you deserve today.