Going up against a rideshare corporation after one of its drivers causes an accident can be intimidating on your own. However, if you hire a Marion Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC, our team can handle all aspects of your claim or lawsuit for you. Our services include representing you throughout the case, identifying the liable party, and helping you pursue compensation for your damages.
Representation upfront from a personal injury law firm might seem costly, but you don’t have to worry about legal fees when you work with us. Our accident lawyers work for a contingency fee, meaning you don’t pay us anything upfront, out of pocket, or hourly—even the first consultation is free. If you don’t receive a settlement or court award, we take nothing from you.
Our Attorneys Represent Rideshare Accident Victims in Ohio
Hiring one of our car accident lawyers in Marion can take some of the stress away from pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death case. While you focus on getting better, we focus on getting you the financial recovery to address your accident-related damages.
Our level of professionalism and compassion is what leads our injured parties to trust our client-focused law firm. Before you reach out for a free consultation, you can explore some of the services we offer rideshare accident victims in Marion below.
Proving Liability in an Uber or Lyft Accident Case
Part of seeking compensation in any car accident case includes gathering evidence. The evidence we present to the other side must prove the at-fault party was negligent, in that they:
- Had a duty to keep you and others safe on the road
- Failed to uphold this duty of care
- Caused the accident and your injuries, which have resulted in your economic and non-economic damages
Forms of evidence we can use to support these claims and ultimately identify the at-fault party include:
- Your testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert witness testimony
- Phone and medical records
- Video footage of the accident
- Photos of any debris on the road, the involved vehicles, and your injuries
- The crash report
We also collect evidence that proves the value of the damages we demand for you. This can include paycheck stubs and other proof of income, hospital bills, rehab and therapy bills, and repair or replacement estimates for your damaged or destroyed car.
Once we have evidence of the rideshare driver’s responsibility for the collision, we must determine which insurance company to file a claim with. When a company like Uber or Lyft is involved, multiple policies often come into play.
Navigating Rideshare Insurance Coverage
A few types of liability policies can apply after a collision involving a Lyft or Uber driver, depending on the circumstances leading up to the accident. For example, if the rideshare driver wasn’t logged into the application when they caused the accident, their personal insurance policy should cover your losses.
However, if the rideshare application was active at the time of the collision, a third-party liability policy might apply. Companies like Uber and Lyft maintain insurance coverage for their drivers, but it only applies under the following circumstances:
- Searching for a rideshare passenger: When the driver is available but has not yet accepted a ride request, their personal insurance is the primary coverage. However, Uber and Lyft both provide 50/100/25 third-party liability policies that may apply if the driver’s insurer refuses your claim.
- Fulfilling a ride request: From the moment a rideshare driver accepts a ride request to the moment the trip is complete, both Uber and Lyft provide up to $1 million in third-party coverage.
A lawyer from our team in Marion who handles accident claims against Uber and Lyft drivers can go more into the specifics once we review your case. Our team will go over the policies with you and help you determine which one you qualify to use.
Dealing with the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
Shortly after your accident, the insurance companies involved might try to contact you and get your side of the story. If that happens, you can direct them to us. When you hire us to represent you, we will handle all communications for the remainder of your case.
This service we provide is crucial because insurance companies might try to use your words against you so they don’t have to pay as much as your damages may entitle you to.
In addition to managing communications, our firm can file a claim with the other party’s insurance company on your behalf. From there, we can negotiate a settlement. If the other party refuses to pay you a reasonable settlement, we have no problem taking your case to trial.
Following the Statutes of Limitations in Ohio
If filing a lawsuit may be the best legal route for you, you must be aware of state-mandated time limits, including:
- Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, which generally gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit
- Ohio Revised Code § 2125.02, which gives family members two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their late loved one
If the statute of limitations runs out before you file, you will not be able to recover your damages. Although there might be exceptions to the deadline, they are rare. When you inform us about your case as soon as possible, our team will protect your right to sue. Doing so will give us leverage in negotiations and another legal route if we cannot secure a fair settlement.
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Forms of Compensation You Can Pursue After a Rideshare Accident in Marion
In addition to the services listed above, a rideshare accident lawyer with our firm can evaluate and price all your damages. Your financial recovery may include:
- Medical bills
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earning power
- In-home assistive services
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
If your loved one passed away in the rideshare accident, you could recover damages such as:
- Costs of their memorial service
- A burial plot fee
- Floral arrangement costs
- Embalming expenses
- Their medical bills
- Their pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of guidance and companionship
This list is not exhaustive. Our team can determine if you qualify to seek any other damages not listed here upon reviewing the case.
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Causes of Rideshare Accidents That Could Qualify You for Damages
Even though driving is a rideshare driver’s job, they are still human and prone to making mistakes on the road. Using the evidence we collected, we can figure out the cause of your accident. Examples include:
- Distracted driving: If the driver was daydreaming, looking at a GPS device, or trying to locate a new ride
- Impaired driving: If the rideshare driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued: If the driver hasn’t taken the time to rest after working long hours
- Speeding: If the driver was breaking the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, hoping to complete as many rides as quickly as possible
- Reckless driving: If the driver was weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring traffic signals, or failing to yield
- Road and weather conditions: Heavy rain or snow that causes decreased visibility, slick roads, and could make vehicle control challenging
The cause of your accident might not be listed here, but either way, our team will put in the time and resources to get to the bottom of it if you hire us.
Common Rideshare Accident Injuries
A car accident can leave you with injuries that temporarily or permanently change your physical ability, including the ability to work. Injuries often seen in car accidents include:
- Head and neck injury
- Spine and back injury
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Strains and sprains
- Internal injuries
- Organ damage
The risk of injury in a car accident is high. If you or someone you love suffered these or any other injuries ranging from mild to catastrophic injuries, our law firm will seek payment for your injuries from the responsible party-the rideshare vehicle driver or the rideshare company.
Reach Out to the Fitch Law Firm LLC for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one got hurt in a collision involving an Uber or Lyft driver in Marion, you can count on the attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC to be your legal champions. We serve rideshare accident victims from several locations in Ohio, including our office on East Center Street in Marion.
We want to speak to you, not review documents, and hear firsthand about your case to see how we can help. To learn more about how the legal process could apply to your rideshare collision case, call us today: (740) 212-1686.
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