Things To Know About Ridesharing Accidents

September 22, 2021
Things To Know About Ridesharing Accidents

As the usage of ridesharing apps is increasing day by day, the number of ridesharing car accidents will rise dramatically.

Life has been made easier with ridesharing. You won't have to bother about driving or parking to get from point A to point B. However, a careless driver can be a major annoyance in your life. You are entrusting your life to a stranger when you hire a Lyft or an Uber. It makes no difference if you're in the car with them or if they collide with your vehicle. If you are involved in a ridesharing accident with a driver, you must take certain actions to ensure that you are fairly paid.

Who’s liable if you’re involved in a rideshare car accident?

If you're a passenger in a rideshare vehicle or the driver of a vehicle that collides with one, your culpability is mostly determined by who caused the accident.

You must prove three criteria to prove that someone was at responsibility (i.e. negligent) for a car accident:

  • A responsibility of reasonable care was owed to the individual (all drivers have a duty to drive carefully and obey all traffic laws)
  • The other individual disobeyed that duty (by driving carelessly or breaking a traffic regulation).
  • As a result of the other person's breach, you were wounded and suffered damages.

Types of compensation 

If you are in an accident caused by a rideshare vehicle driver, you may be eligible for a variety of compensation. Compensation for personal injuries is divided into two categories: economic and non-economic damages.

The following are examples of economic losses:

Medical expenses - Hospitalization, doctor visits, surgery, prescribed drugs, durable medical equipment, physical or occupational therapy, and other medical expenses.

Wage loss - Earnings lost due to time away from work owing to injuries, as well as the difference in earnings if injuries prevent you from earning your pre-accident level of pay.

The following are examples of non-economic damages: 

Pain and suffering - The accident caused physical and mental misery, as well as a loss of quality of life. 

Loss of consortium - refers to the loss of benefits of married life or parenting, such as the ability to express affection, as a result of an accident or injury. The accident must have resulted in serious injuries or death for the injured party.

If you own another car that was damaged in an Uber or Lyft accident, or if you own any property that was harmed in the accident, you may be eligible for compensation to repair or replace your vehicle or property.

If you were involved in a ridesharing accident, contact the Personal Injury Lawyer in New Haven, CT

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