Going up against big corporations like Uber and Lyft after a rideshare accident in Marion can be intimidating on your own. If you hire a rideshare accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC, they can handle all aspects of your claim. These aspects include representing you throughout your case, helping you pursue compensation for your damages, and identifying the liable party.
These services and others might seem costly, but don’t worry. 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. Once you receive compensation, we will take our payment. If you don’t get any, we take nothing from you.
Our Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyers Can Assist You by Gathering Strong Evidence in Support of Your Case
Hiring our injury lawyers in Marion can take all your stress away from pursuing a case. You focus on getting better; we focus on getting you the financial recovery you need. Part of this process 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 liable 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
- Photos of the involved vehicles
- Photos of your injuries
- Your crash report
Dealing with the Negligent Party’s Insurance Company
Shortly after your accident, the insurance company or the negligent party’s representative might try to contact you and get your side of the story. If that happens, notify your lawyer immediately. They will handle all communications for the remainder of your case.
This service we provide is very important because insurance companies might try to trick you and have you admit fault for the accident so they don’t have to pay you as much as you are entitled to receive.
In addition to managing communications, we can file a claim with the other party’s insurance company on your behalf. From there, we can negotiate for 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 you decide that filing a lawsuit is the best legal route for you, you must be aware of state-mandated time limits, such as:
- Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10, which gives you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit
- ORC §2125.02, which also gives family members two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their late loved one
It is imperative that you inform us about your case as soon as possible. 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.
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, some of which might be:
- 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 can 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. Your lawyer can determine if you qualify to sue for any other damages that are not listed here.
How Uber and Lyft’s Insurance Policies Work
A few types of policies apply to Uber and Lyft’s accidents, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
For example, if the rideshare driver wasn’t using the application and caused an accident, their personal insurance should cover your losses. However, if the application is on and they crash into your vehicle, third-party liability insurance might apply.
Your lawyer can go more into the specifics of the policies with you and help you determine which one you qualify to use.
Causes of Rideshare Accidents That You Can Sue for
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. The culprit could have been:
- 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 and alcohol
- Driving while fatigued: if the driver hasn’t taken the time to rest after working long hours
- Speeding: if the driver was trying to get 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
The cause of your accident might not be listed here, but either way, we are determined to get to the bottom of it.
Reach Out to the Attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one got hurt in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident in Marion, you can count on the lawyers at the Fitch Law Firm LLC to be your legal champions. To learn more about how the legal process could apply to your case, call us today.