In today's rapidly transforming economy, the convenience of technological advances has reduced the necessity for individuals to drive themselves, and has created more possibilities to have others drive for them. From ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, to delivery providers like UberEats and GrubHub, America's roadways are filled with personal vehicles driven for commercial reasons. However, many of these services can unnecessarily endanger our neighborhood and lead to substantial injuries as a result.
Dealing with large corporations by yourself can be difficult and is often intimidating. If you have been injured by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you may be entitled to hold these companies responsible. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at Mendez & Sanchez are experienced and prepared to fight on your behalf. Call us at (323) 838-1444 for a free consultation. If we don't reach a favorable result in your case, you won't owe us anything.
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries often try to categorize their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not full-time employees for financial reasons and to dodge liability. However, when a motorist injures others while on duty, those companies might be held responsible under a legal theory called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously liable for the harm their motorists cause while on the clock. This means victims may pursue actions directly against the companies, and against the motorist.
As more Americans today use delivery and ride-sharing services, the number of these cars on the road has drastically increased, as have the amount of accidents these motorists have caused.
Some of the most common risks associated with delivery and ride-sharing drivers include:
Therefore, if a delivery or ride-sharing driver has caused you to be injured, both the motorist and the company whom she or he is working for can be liable for your injuries.
A knowledgeable attorney knows what evidence to use in order to pursue various damages that might increase your potential compensation. These consist of tangible losses such as property damage, medical bills associated with the treatment of your injuries, future lost wages, disability, as well as "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can involve the real pain experienced during medical treatments and surgeries incurred as a result of the accident, as well as emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the crash. Some accident victims find it harder to drive at ease after a roadway incident, and this difficulty and anxiety may be quantified into financial damages by your attorney.
An attorney with experience handling similar claims may know which parties to file a claim against, including not just the motorist, but also the corporate business the motorist was working for, expanding your possible sources of compensation. Further, an attorney might conduct a thorough investigation to obtain evidence that might help confirm the suspected fault of the company and the driver, and help validate your damages to the court and insurance companies.
Take note of any information in order to maintain crucial evidence helpful in proving the delivery or ride-sharing driver's fault and showing the full extent of your injuries. If you require any medical attention at a hospital as a result of the accident, the associated costs for these treatments may be sought from the at fault party by your attorney. This is very important, as medical expenses can be astronomical, and sometimes future medical expenses and treatments may be necessary for your recovery.
A lawyer that has handled similar cases can help you know your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all relevant parties and the court. Additionally, your lawyer may conduct extensive investigations to secure all possible evidence necessary in seeking your highest compensation from the other parties.
Your attorney might handle all the steps in submitting your claim. This includes informing you of your legal rights, conducting in-depth investigations and discovery of evidence concerning the accident, which are vital in order to obtain evidence of the other parties' suspected fault and the extent of your damages and injuries. Your attorney may also help guarantee compliance with any relevant legal time limit, negotiate with all applicable insurance companies, and communicate and advocate on your behalf with the other parties and the court.
It is extremely important after an accident to focus on rest, recovery and regaining your life back. Thus, your attorney, by doing all of the legal work on your behalf, can allow you to focus on your recovery while they seek your highest compensation. Some cases might lead to settlements with insurance companies and the other parties, whom, seeing the evidence your lawyer captures, might want to avoid a loss at trial or extended legal costs. In other cases, your lawyer might be able to seek your best compensation by taking your case to trial and presenting your damages to a jury.
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