Hit By a Ride-Sharing or Delivery Driver?
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In today's rapidly transforming economy, the convenience of technological advancements has reduced the need for people 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 purposes. However, a lot of these services can needlessly endanger our community and result in substantial injuries as a result.
Dealing with big companies on your own can be difficult and is usually overwhelming. If you have been hurt by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you may be entitled to hold these companies accountable. The motor vehicle accident lawyers at Mendez & Sanchez are experienced and ready to fight for you. Call us at (323) 838-1444 for a free consultation. If we don't reach a favorable result in your case, you will not owe us anything.
Can Corporations Be Held Responsible?
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries usually try to classify their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not permanent employees for financial reasons and to dodge responsibility. Nevertheless, when a driver injures others while on duty, those companies may be held accountable under a legal concept called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously responsible for the harm their motorists cause while on the clock. This means injured parties can pursue actions directly against the companies, as well as 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 number of accidents these motorists have caused.
Some of the most common risks linked to delivery and ride-sharing drivers include:
Therefore, if a delivery or ride-sharing driver has caused you to be hurt, both the motorist and the company whom she or he is working for might be accountable for your injuries.
What Type of Compensation Can I Pursue?
A knowledgeable attorney knows what evidence to use in order to seek various damages that may increase your potential compensation. These include tangible losses such as property damage, medical costs associated with the treatment of your injuries, future lost income, disability, in addition to "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can include the real pain experienced during medical treatments and surgeries incurred as a result of the crash, in addition to emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the collision. Some accident victims find it more difficult to drive at ease after a roadway accident, and this difficulty and anxiety might be quantified into monetary damages by your attorney.
A lawyer with experience handling similar claims may know which parties to take legal action against, including not only the driver, but also the corporate business the driver was working for, increasing your possible sources of compensation. Further, a lawyer may perform a thorough investigation to acquire evidence that might help verify the suspected fault of the company and the motorist, and help prove your damages to the court and insurance companies.
What to Do After a Ride-Sharing/Delivery Accident:
Record the Scene of the Crash
Make note of any details in order to maintain important evidence helpful in showing the delivery or ride-sharing driver's fault and demonstrating the full extent of your injuries. If you require any medical attention at a hospital as a result of the crash, the associated costs for these treatments may be sought from the responsible party by your attorney. This is extremely important, as medical expenses can be huge, and sometimes future medical costs and treatments may be needed for your recovery.
Get in touch with an Attorney
A lawyer that has dealt with similar claims can help you know your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all relevant parties and the court. Further, your lawyer might conduct thorough investigations to obtain all possible evidence necessary in seeking your maximum compensation from the other parties.
Filing a Claim
Your lawyer might take care of all the steps in submitting your claim. This involves informing you of your legal rights, conducting extensive investigations and discovery of evidence about the accident, which are important in order to acquire evidence of the other parties' suspected fault and the extent of your damages and injuries. Your lawyer 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 very important after an accident to concentrate on rest, recovery and regaining your life back. Therefore, your attorney, by doing all of the legal work on your behalf, can allow you to concentrate on your recovery while they seek your maximum compensation. Some claims can result in settlements with insurance companies and the other parties, whom, seeing the evidence your lawyer gathers, might wish to prevent a loss at trial or extended legal costs. In other cases, your lawyer might be able to seek your greatest compensation by taking your case to trial and presenting your damages to a jury.
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