Rideshare Accidents

Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys

Rideshare Accident Lawyers

As more and more people come to rely on Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare entities, the risk of being involved in an accident with one of these vehicles has also increased. In a much-cited study conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University, the advent of rideshare services was correlated with an overall rise in traffic-related deaths by about two to three percent between 2011 and 2016. Although the data is not conclusive, it is safe to say that rideshare accidents have contributed to numerous injuries and deaths throughout the U.S.

If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare vehicle, our team can help. At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we represent injured motorists and the families of those wrongfully killed in all types of car, motorcycle, and truck accidents. Our rideshare accident attorneys bring more than 30 years of experience to their practice, as well as long history of success. Whether you were injured as a rideshare passenger or were involved in an accident with a rideshare driver as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or occupant of another vehicle, we are ready to fight for you and the fair compensation you are owed.

Contact us online or call (855) 529-7433 today to get started with a free initial consultation.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents?

Like most other motor vehicle accidents, the majority of rideshare accidents are the result of negligence. Rideshare drivers do not have any special training and are just as susceptible to driving carelessly or recklessly as any other motorist.

Some of the most common causes of Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Using a cellphone/texting
  • Unfamiliarity with routes/areas
  • Being distracted while looking for a passenger
  • Using a GPS or similar navigation device
  • Failing to stop at red lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices
  • Unsafe or unlawful turns, including U-turns
  • Illegal passing
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Suddenly pulling out from curbs or entering lanes of traffic
  • Unsafe merging and lane changes

In some cases, the rideshare driver is not the one responsible for an accident. Another motorist may cause a collision, or a bicyclist or pedestrian may act carelessly or recklessly, leading to a crash.

These cases tend to be much more complex than standard motor vehicle accident claims; it is important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience in this particular area of law.

At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we work with teams of investigators, accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other specialists to build powerful claims on behalf of our clients. If you were involved in an accident with an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare vehicle, reach out to us today to learn how we can help.

Who Is Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident?

One of the reasons rideshare accident cases are so much more complicated than typical car accident claims is the issue of liability. In a typical case, the at-fault party (i.e., the person or party who caused the accident) is also the one legally responsible for the victim’s damages. However, because rideshare drivers are operating their vehicles on behalf of a rideshare company, it may be possible to bring a claim or lawsuit directly against the rideshare company.

The rideshare company may dispute liability or argue that it is not responsible for your damages, however. In fact, because these companies typically classify their drivers as “independent contractors,” not employees, they may be shielded from liability. This can make it more difficult for you to prove your case and recover compensation for your damages.

Pursuing All Avenues of Compensation on Your Behalf

At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we help victims of Uber and Lyft accidents seek full and fair compensation for their losses, including their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you live in a no-fault state, we can help you file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim or determine if you have grounds to go outside the no-fault system and seek compensation from the at-fault party. In any case, we are here to help you understand all of your legal options and pursue every possible source of compensation.

Our rideshare accident attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury and motor vehicle accident law. We serve clients in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia and are available to take your call or answer your email any time and from anywhere. We offer free initial consultations and provide all our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you.

To discuss your case and your rights with one of our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys, call Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group at (855) 529-7433 or contact us online today.

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