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In today's rapidly transforming economy, the convenience of technological innovations has reduced the need for individuals to drive themselves, and has created more opportunities to have others drive for them. From ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, to delivery providers like UberEats and GrubHub, America's streets are filled with personal vehicles driven for commercial reasons. Unfortunately, many of these services can unnecessarily endanger our neighborhood and cause substantial injuries as a result.
Dealing with large companies on your own can be challenging and is usually overwhelming. If you have been injured by a delivery or ride-sharing driver, you might be entitled to hold these companies responsible. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at Tim D. Wright are experienced and prepared to fight on your behalf. Call us at (323) 379-9995 for a free consultation. If we do not reach a desirable result in your case, you won't owe us anything.
Can Companies Be Held Accountable?
Companies associated with ride-sharing and deliveries typically try to categorize their drivers as "independent contractors," meaning they are not full-time employees for financial reasons and to evade responsibility. Nevertheless, when a motorist injures others while on the job, those companies might be held responsible under a legal theory called "respondeat superior." Under "respondeat superior," a company is vicariously liable for the harm their drivers cause while on the clock. This means injured parties might seek actions directly against the companies, and against the driver.
As more Americans today utilize delivery and ride-sharing services, the amount of these cars on the road has drastically increased, as have the amount of accidents these motorists have caused.
A few of the most common risks associated with delivery and ride-sharing drivers include:
Thus, if a delivery or ride-sharing driver has caused you to be injured, both the driver and the company whom she or he is working for can be responsible for your injuries.
What Sort of Compensation Can I Pursue?
An experienced attorney knows what evidence to use in order to pursue various damages that might increase your potential compensation. These consist of tangible losses such as property damage, medical bills associated with the treatment of your injuries, future lost wages, disability, as well as "intangible" damages such as pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering can include the actual pain experienced during medical treatments and surgeries incurred as a result of the collision, along with emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and fear caused by the crash. Some accident victims find it more difficult to drive at ease after a roadway incident, and this difficulty and anxiety may be quantified into monetary damages by your attorney.
A lawyer with experience handling similar cases might know which parties to sue, including not only the driver, but also the corporate company the driver was working for, increasing your possible sources of compensation. Additionally, a lawyer might conduct a thorough investigation to get evidence that might help confirm the suspected fault of the company and the motorist, and help prove your damages to the court and insurance companies.
Document the Scene of the Collision
Take note of any details in order to maintain vital evidence useful in showing the delivery or ride-sharing driver's fault and demonstrating the full extent of your injuries. If you need any medical attention at a hospital as a result of the collision, the associated costs for these treatments might be sought from the responsible party by your attorney. This is very important, as medical expenses can be substantial, and sometimes future medical expenses and treatments might be needed for your recovery.
Get in Touch with a Lawyer
A lawyer that has dealt with similar claims may help you know your rights, legal deadlines, and communicate on your behalf with all applicable parties and the court. Additionally, your attorney might perform extensive investigations to secure all possible evidence required in seeking your maximum compensation from the other parties.
Filing a Claim
Your attorney might take care of all the steps in filing your claim. This involves educating 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 can also help guarantee compliance with any applicable 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 greatest compensation. Some claims may 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 prolonged legal costs. In other cases, your lawyer may be able to seek your greatest compensation by taking your case to trial and showing your damages to a jury.
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