How to Approach Personal Injury Situations with Lyft, Uber, and Similar Services
One of the downsides of being injured as a passenger of a service like Uber or Lyft is the legal complications that come afterward. In a normal car incident, or one involving standard public/commercial transportation, the procedure for resolving the dispute is more or less standardized and familiar to everyone.
Not so much in these cases though – and you have to be very careful in your choice of actions if you want to get what you truly deserve out of the whole ordeal. Otherwise, you risk getting fooled quite easily.
Insurance coverage can be a very tricky part when it comes to these types of services. They typically use different distinct phases to separate their journeys, and you’re covered only up to certain limits, depending on when exactly the incident occurred. This means that you’ll be able to get a different sum of money if the car crashed on the way to you, or as you were getting off, or while you were in transit.
You’ll need to be very familiar with the way these rules are structured, because they will play a major role in determining what you’re eligible for. It may seem complicated at first, but it actually makes a lot of sense once you’ve investigated the system a bit.
Suing the company
Keep in mind that Uber/Lyft themselves usually have very little responsibility in cases like these, and you can’t expect to get anything out of them if you were involved in a crash with their contractors. They are legally treated as middlemen of sorts, and this gives them various freedoms when it comes to accountability for incidents.
There are some minor exceptions to this, but it’s not something you can count on for the most part. You’ll have to focus on the people who were directly responsible for the crash instead. And that’s where the insurance coverage levels we described above kick in.
The importance of proper representation
This kind of lawsuit is not something the average person can handle on their own. It involves multiple complicated steps that may or may not be obvious, and you’ll need to tread carefully if you want to avoid some of the common problems that most people tend to face. Proper legal representation is a must here, and it’s something you will need to research and plan for carefully.
It’s a good idea to know who you can call well in advance so that you can save time when something actually happens. Finding a specialist who deals with accidents injury and similar cases can take a while, making it important to research the market ahead of time and know who you can call in advance.
On the bright side, once you’ve found the right representation, it mostly comes down to having your facts straight and listening to what your attorney has to say. If you have a solid case to begin with, not much can go wrong once the ball has started rolling, and you’ll just have to be patient afterward.
This is a collaborative article.
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