Tempe Rideshare Accident Attorney
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Maricopa County
As more and more people have come to rely on rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, to get around, the risk of becoming involved in an accident with one of these vehicles has also gone up. According to research from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Rice University, the rise of rideshare apps has been correlated with an increase of about three percent in overall traffic fatalities in the United States. Even when these accidents are not fatal, victims are often left facing significant injuries and long-lasting hardships.
Filing an Uber or Lyft accident claim is challenging and complex; we strongly recommend that you work with a personal injury attorney who has specific experience handling rideshare accident claims. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we have been successfully representing victims of serious motor vehicle accidents, including those involving rideshare vehicles, since 2012. From our office in Tempe, we provide clients with caring, compassionate, and personalized legal service, as well as an aggressive approach to litigation. When it comes to resolving your case, we are committed to maximizing your recovery and helping you get back on your feet.
Injured in an Uber or Lyft accident in Maricopa County? Contact our Tempe rideshare accident attorneys at (602) 560-4756 to discuss your options during a free initial consultation.
What to Do If You Are Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident
After any car accident, there are several things you should do to protect your safety, rights, and future well-being. This is especially true if you are injured in an accident involving an Uber, Lyft, or another type of rideshare vehicle. Whether you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, a pedestrian, or the occupant of another vehicle, it is important that you act quickly, as you only have two years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file a lawsuit.
If you were involved in a rideshare accident, make sure to do the following:
- Seek Medical Attention: Chances are, by the time you read this, the accident has already happened. If you have not yet seen a doctor, do so right away. Even if you believe you were not seriously injured or that your injuries will heal on their own, you should always seek professional medical attention after a rideshare accident. This is important not only because you could have underlying injuries or complications that you may not see but also because it provides a record of proof for your future claim that you were injured and sought medical care.
- Exchange Information: If you were the passenger of the rideshare vehicle, make sure you get the driver’s name, insurance information, contact information, and rideshare employer information. If you were in another vehicle, you should exchange information with the rideshare driver but refrain from assigning or admitting blame. Even something as simple as apologizing after the accident could be construed as admitting fault and could be used against you in the future when you file a claim or lawsuit.
- Preserve Evidence: If possible, take pictures at the scene of the accident and talk to any witnesses who saw what happened. If you were unable to gather evidence at the scene, preserve any evidence you do have, such as medical records, the clothing you were wearing, damage to your vehicle or personal property, information about your treatment/recovery, etc. The more evidence you have, the more powerful your case.
- Report the Accident: You should report the accident to the appropriate parties right away. Depending on the specifics of the crash, this may include reporting the accident to local law enforcement, your own insurance company, and other relevant parties. You should also report the accident to the applicable rideshare company. Both Uber and Lyft allow you to report crashes online, or you can call the respective rideshare company to report the incident.
- Contact an Attorney: Rideshare accident claims are incredibly complex due to a variety of factors. It can be very difficult to obtain a fair settlement without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. We recommend that you reach out to our Tempe Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at Cook Law Office, PLLC as soon as possible after the crash to learn how we can assist you with your case. We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you owe nothing unless/until we recover compensation for you.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft After a Crash?
While it is possible to sue Uber and Lyft after an accident, both rideshare companies make it very difficult to do so. These companies limit their liability by classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, meaning they have legal grounds to dispute liability in many cases. However, this does not exempt them from being held responsible when one of their drivers causes a serious crash, resulting in bodily injury and/or death.
Our attorneys at Cook Law Office, PLLC can help you understand your legal rights and options after an Uber or Lyft accident. Depending on whether the rideshare driver was actively looking for a ride, had accepted a ride, or had a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision, you could be entitled to varying levels of coverage under the appropriate rideshare company’s insurance policy. We can evaluate your case at no cost and discuss your various options during a complimentary consultation at our Tempe office.
How Cook Law Office, PLLC Can Help with Your Rideshare Accident Claim
Navigating the aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident is complicated; these claims become even more complex when rideshare vehicles are involved. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, however, we understand the law and how it applies to your case. Our Tempe rideshare accident lawyers are here to guide you through the process of finding the best medical care available, as well as seek fair compensation for your damages.
If you believe an Uber or Lyft driver was to blame for the crash that caused your injuries or the death of your loved one, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to set up a free consultation. We are prepared to handle every detail of your case—from gathering evidence to submitting documents to negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. We do all this while simultaneously remaining consistently available to our clients and providing the honest and direct communication they need to move forward.
Call us at (602) 560-4756 or contact us online 24/7 to speak to a member of our team.
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