Rideshare services can be a convenient way to save you time and money when traveling. With so many Uber and Lyft drivers available, it’s a go-to call for people who need quick transportation. Passengers take for granted though that their driver will get them to their destination safely. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries still happen. So before you get into your next Uber or Lyft vehicle, know your rights and legal options ahead of time.

Seeking Damages

From a fender bender to a serious collision, the total effects of a vehicle accident are not always immediately known. Physical injuries are usually the first one to come to mind, but they are not the only area where damages can be sought. The responsible party could also be liable for current and future medical bills, the loss of income, loss of property, pain and suffering, and, if needed, funeral expenses.

Collecting Information

If you are medically able, make sure you or your driver has called 911 after an accident. If you can, record as much information as possible about the time, location, weather conditions, road conditions, and factors leading up to the accident. Take pictures of any injuries to yourself or damages to your property. As with other vehicle crashes, collect the names, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance information of your Uber or Lyft driver as well as any other drivers involved in the incident.

Determining Responsibility

Before compensation can be received, the accident will be investigated to determine the responsible party. If another driver is at fault, claims will be given to his or her insurance company. If the Uber or Lyft driver is responsible for the accident, the claims will be directed that way. There have also been cases in the past where the rideshare company is ultimately at fault for employing an unqualified driver and was found negligent.

In the end, the insurance company of the responsible party or parties is concerned about their best interest and not yours. That’s why it’s very important to seek the help of a knowledgeable attorney in these situations. Not only does your representative understand what legal options are available for you, they are also making sure you are treated fairly. Don’t worry, we can help!

Call The James Law Firm

Even with your best effort, vehicle accidents can still happen. The James Law Firm has the experience, compassion, and knowledge needed to tackle even the most complex automobile cases. If you’re a victim and have been injured anywhere in Iowa, don’t hesitate to call us today at 515-246-8484. We represent clients in Des Moines, Davenport/Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and more. We will travel to help you!

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