The advent of high-end mobile application technology has completely revolutionized the way American companies do business. In the last decade, various peer-to-peer rideshare businesses – including Uber and Lyft – have utilized and even improved this technology to streamline the customer experience and dominate the transportation industry. With just a few clicks of an app, locals and tourists alike can hire cost-effective and convenient rides to explore Rhode Island’s gorgeous beaches, art galleries, and hopping nightlife scene.
Unfortunately, many of these companies have started mass-hiring untrained and inexperienced drivers just to increase their gross profit margin. In fact, both Uber and Lyft have recently come under fire for blocking legislation that would regulate and improve their hiring practices. Without this government oversight, there has been a consistent increase in the annual number of rideshare-related collisions across the country.
If you’ve been injured by the actions of a negligent rideshare driver, it’s critical that you retain qualified legal representation as soon as possible. It’s not unusual for a plaintiff to encounter vexing liability issues and legal loopholes that challenge their right to compensatory damages. At Karns & Kerrison, our Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the legal nuances associated with these cases and can effectively represent your claim both in and out of court. You can rely on our trial-tested legal team to investigate your case, calculate your injury-related expenses, and aggressively negotiate with insurance company representatives on your behalf to secure compensation that facilitates your physical and financial recovery.
Call Karns & Kerrison at (888) 281-3100 to request a free, no-obligation consultation.
Pursuing Compensatory Damages After a Rideshare Collision
Time is money when it comes to the rideshare industry. Sadly, the likelihood of a collision increases when fatigued, distractible, and inexperienced drivers are racing to complete as many pick-ups and drop-offs as possible. These accidents often lead to life-changing physical and cognitive injuries that require ongoing medical treatments and rehabilitative services. If your injury-related debts are piling up, it’s time to contact a skilled attorney who possesses the experience and resources to maximize your claim.
After a rideshare accident, there are a few important steps you must take if you want to safeguard your right to damages:
- Call 911 and assist any injured parties
- If you’re a passenger, take screenshots of your receipt
- Take pictures of the vehicles, your injuries, and the accident scene
- Help the officers complete an accident report
- Visit a doctor immediately (or at least within 7 days)
- request a copy of your medical record
- Contact a reputable rideshare accident lawyer
At Karns & Kerrison, we understand that there is no such thing as a “simple” or “straightforward” car accident lawsuit, especially when a rideshare driver is involved. For this reason, our attorneys are diligent about conducting meticulous investigations to identify the negligent parties and determine the cause of the collision. With this information, we can develop a detailed litigation strategy that reflects your legal goals and accounts for your financial losses.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover the following compensatory damages:
- Existing and projected medical bills
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- pain and suffering
- household or vehicular modifications
- Property loss
- Non-economic damages
Unfortunately, many rideshare companies benefit from a legal loophole that allows their insurance providers to deny most personal injury claims. Technically, a rideshare business is considered a technology company, not a taxi or general transportation service. Likewise, their drivers are “independent contractors,” and not employees. A ridesharing company can utilize these distinctions to deny accident liability, even if one of their drivers is indisputably responsible for your injuries. So, even though Uber and Lyft proudly promote $1 million liability policies, it can be extremely difficult to hold them accountable in court.
However, this doesn’t mean that suing a rideshare service is impossible. After all, it’s unlikely that a driver’s insurance coverage can actually provide the compensation your injuries warrant. Many plaintiffs choose to file their initial claims against an at-fault driver – this can be a rideshare driver or a third-party driver – and then try to benefit from a ridesharing company’s uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage. Because your legal options depend on the circumstances of the accident, it’s important to discuss your case with a legal representative as soon as possible.
Retain Experienced & Compassionate Legal Representation
If you’re ready to explore your legal options, contact the Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers at Karns & Kerrison today. Our firm has been providing customized legal services and dedicated representation to the wrongfully injured of Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over 45 years. Because we aren’t afraid to aggressively negotiate or litigate on behalf of our clients, we’ve been able to recover over $250 million in verdicts and settlements.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic collision, contact our Rhode Island rideshare accident lawyers at (888) 281-3100 to schedule a free consultation.
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