Car accidents are the last thing we think about when we head out to work, to run errands, or to take our children to school or after school activities. The Louisiana Department of Transportation indicates during 2019, more than 44,000 accidents occurred resulting in more than 72,000 injuries. These numbers are sobering.
While we do not know the number of accidents involving rideshare drivers, what we do know is they stand a greater chance of being involved in an accident for several reasons including:
Every driver is prone to doing foolish things on the roadway. Actions such as speeding, ignoring traffic flow, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not unique to those who are not operating as a rideshare driver.
Since Louisiana’s House Bill 575 passed and increased the number of areas which are able to have Lyft and Uber drivers, Louisiana has seen a significant increase in the number of rideshare operators. Here are some steps you need to take following an accident involving a rideshare driver:
The immediate aftermath of an accident is often a blur. The more serious your injuries are, the more likely you are to need an attorney to assist you with your claim. Keep in mind, if you are going to be out of work for an extended period of time following an accident, the insurers involved will attempt to get you to accept a quick settlement. Making you a “speedy” offer is one of the methods insurance companies use to absolve themselves of further liability.
When you are involved in an accident with a rideshare driver, you are going to have to determine what the driver’s status was at the time of the accident. This is often complicated since there are numerous “states” where the driver’s coverage is applicable and others where the Uber or Lyft company insurance would apply. Your attorney will obtain a copy of the police report which was filed to determine which is applicable. The more complicated the claim process, the more challenging it will be to handle the claim on your own.
Once you have scheduled a free consultation with an attorney and made the decision to have them pursue a claim following an accident with a rideshare driver, all calls from the insurer should be routed through your attorney. This step will help protect you in the long run. Keep in mind, insurance companies have legal teams, and they understand what questions to ask you in an attempt to reduce their losses, which of course occur when insurers have to pay out claims.
When you hire an attorney following a car accident, you are hiring someone who is going to serve as an advocate on your behalf. The more experience an attorney has with the type of accident you are involved in, the more likely you are to see a positive outcome. In the event of an accident involving a rideshare company, experience is even more important. That is because of the complexities involved in these accidents. At Charbonnet Law Firm, we have been representing those injured in rideshare accidents since rideshare began in Louisiana in 2015.
Results matter – you want to work with a law firm who is committed to making sure you get compensated for your financial losses following a rideshare accident. This means finding an attorney who can handle not only personal injury but property damage as well. In addition to your injuries, your car is damaged. Therefore, in addition to personal liability for your medical bills and other financial costs associated with your physical care, you will need compensation for your car via either repair or replacement.
Charbonnet Law Firm is committed to providing personalized service to every client. For nearly five decades, the firm has successfully represented victims of personal injury accidents. We know how to work with insurance companies to get the best possible settlement for our clients. Contact Charbonnet Law Firm today at our Metairie office at (504) 294-5075 or our New Orleans office at (504) 294-5075 for a free consultation. Let us help you understand what options you have following an accident involving a rideshare driver and help you get the compensation you deserve.