Rideshare services such as Lyft or Uber are a convenient way to get around, especially if you don’t have a car. However, since many of these drivers are not professionals, they can easily get into an accident just like you or I can. Lyft and Uber have been known to block legislation that would improve their hiring process. Since there is a lack of government oversight in this area, there has been a steady increase of rideshare accidents across the country.
Rideshare accidents often occur because the drivers are inexperienced, distracted, and fatigued. Drivers often race to complete as many pick-ups and drop-offs as possible; in their industry time is money. However, there is no excuse for their negligent behavior. If you are involved in a rideshare accident, be sure to do the following: call 911 and help any injured parties. If it is safe to do so, take pictures of both vehicles, your injuries, and the accident scene. Once a police officer arrives on the scene help them by completing an accident report. This can be as simple as recalling little details such as road conditions, traffic patterns, or the speed of the car at which it was traveling. It is very important to visit a doctor at least within seven days to treat any injures or make sure none are present. After seeing a doctor be sure to request a copy of any medical records or treatment.
Suing a Rideshare Company
Suing a rideshare company such as Lyft or Uber can be difficult due to a legal loophole that allows their insurance to deny personal insurance claims. Oddly enough, rideshare companies are considered a technology company, not a transportation company. Their drivers are also considered independent contractors, not employees. Rideshare companies try to use these loopholes as a way to deny any responsibility for your injuries. Since each rideshare accident is different, it is pivotal to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.
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At Rob Levine & Associates, our Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the legal nuances associated with these cases and can effectively represent your claim both in and out of court. You can rely on our trial-tested legal team to investigate your case, calculate your injury-related expenses, and aggressively negotiate with insurance company representatives on your behalf to secure compensation.
If you are ready to explore your legal options, contact Rob Levine & Associates today. Our firm has been providing dedicated legal representation to accident victims throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Because we aren’t afraid to aggressively negotiate or litigate on behalf of our clients, we have been able to recover over $2 billion in injury and disability benefits for our clients.