When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you know that you should be compensated for your suffering. When you’re a passenger, however, that’s a little more complex, especially if the driver was on the job at the time of the crash.
When you’re using a ridesharing service and you’re injured in a crash, you’ll need to know how to sue after an Uber or Lyft accident. But these claims come with unique legal challenges.
You may need the help of an attorney as you struggle to recover from your injuries. Dealing with major corporations like rideshare companies can be tough, so having legal support and guidance on your side can boost your chance of recovering fair compensation for your injuries.
Responsibility for Rideshare Accidents
When you’re dealing with a rideshare crash, one of your first concerns may be who’s liable for your injuries. Because Alabama is a fault state, the person who caused the accident is typically the responsible party.
However, it’s important to note that rideshare drivers are at work. That means that their actions may be the responsibility of their employer. Unfortunately, that makes it more difficult to sue because you’re facing a large company—not another driver.
Fortunately, these drivers are required to carry insurance. On top of that, the insurance policies of rideshare companies often cover up to $1 million in damages if the driver was in the middle of a ride at the time of the accident. In many cases, you’ll simply need to file a claim with the insurance company, which will then investigate your claim and make a settlement offer that covers your needs.
If you’re not sure where to turn for your compensation, reach out to an Uber and Lyft accident lawyer in Alabama. We can help you fight back when a rideshare driver injures you.
Alabama Law Can Affect Your Rideshare Lawsuit
If the rideshare company and insurers fail to fairly compensate you, you’ll need to prepare for the possibility of your claim entering the tort system. And a single mistake at trial could leave you without the compensation you need to overcome your injuries.
For example, you’ll have a short time to file a lawsuit. Alabama residents only have two years following their car crash to file a claim. This time limit is called the statute of limitations.
If an Uber or Lyft driver hit you while you were driving your own car, you may need to be concerned about your part in the accident. Alabama law recognizes contributory fault, which means that, if you’re found partly at fault, your claim could be dismissed, leaving you without compensation.
Connect with a Rideshare Car Accident Lawyer
Uber and Lyft drivers are everywhere in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, Huntsville, and countless other Alabama cities. They can make life more convenient, but they can also harm you when they’re being careless. And lawsuits involving these drivers can quickly become complicated.
Fortunately, an attorney from the Henry Dailey Law Firm can help you understand your case and how to recover compensation. Get started with a free consultation, and we’ll show you how we’ll help before you sign anything.
Take a step toward the full compensation you deserve by contacting a lawyer today. To begin, reach out by calling 205-606-6970 or by filling out the online form below.