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Uber & Lyft Accident Attorney in Galesburg

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Thanks to an increase in the popularity of smartphones, rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also being used by more individuals looking for a convenient way to get to their next destination. In 2018, Lyft reported 32 million users and Uber reported having 41 million users. By 2021, it’s estimated that nearly 540 million people worldwide will use ridesharing apps. An unfortunate side effect of this increase is an increase in Uber and Lyft-related car accidents on the road. Uber and Lyft accidents can happen just like any other car accident, but it can be complex determining liability afterward. Our Galesburg Uber and Lyft attorney has the experience needed to guide clients throughout their case.

Contact Rehn Law LLC online or by phone at (309) 228-2008 for your free consultation. Our team is available to help.

Common Rideshare Accidents & Injuries

Accidents involving an Uber or Lyft driver happen like any other car accident, producing the same kinds of injuries.

female rideshare driver driving in the rainCommon car accidents that can occur include:

  • Head-on collisions: Arguably the most dangerous kind of car accident, this occurs when the front ends of two cars collide and can produce catastrophic injuries like head and brain trauma, as well as death. This can sometimes happen due to drunk or fatigued driving, which causes the affected driver to drift over onto oncoming traffic.
  • Rear-end collisions: This occurs when a car hits another car from behind and can happen as a result of distracted driving or tailgating, the latter of which happens when a car follows another car too closely. In most cases, the driver who hits a car from behind it the at-fault party.
  • T-bone accidents: Often occurring at intersections, T-bone accidents involve one car hitting another in the side. This can happen when a driver runs a red light or stop sign, or takes a left turn without yielding.
  • Merging accidents: Being side-swept occurs when cars merge into lanes without checking their blind spots. Speeding and attempting to weave in and out of lanes can also cause accidents resulting in dangerous injuries.

Injuries resulting from Uber and Lyft accidents range in seriousness depending on the nature of the accident and can be as minor as whiplash, cuts and bruises, and sprains and fractures, and as catastrophic as broken or crushed bones, burns, internal bleeding, neck and shoulder injuries, and head and brain trauma.

Determining Liability

Where accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers become muddied is in determining liability when the injured decides to file a car accident claim. Because Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors and not employees, the company is only responsible for compensating victims in certain situations.

If the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident and was not logged into their app or carrying a rider, then the accident would be covered by their personal auto insurance. If they’ve logged in but have not accepted a rider yet, then the rideshare company’s policy can pay up to $200,000 for injuries. If the driver was carrying a rider at the time of the accident, the company provides $1 million in commercial auto insurance as well as in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

How Our Lawyer Can Help

After an accident, you may have had to pay out-of-pocket to treat your injuries, which can be expensive. You may also have had to miss days or even weeks of work to recover. A personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim against the at-fault party or company so you can recover the damages you’ve accrued.

We have years of experience helping injured clients recover damages including:

  • Medical expenses, including ambulance rides, hospital stays, prescription medications, surgeries, and physical therapy
  • Lost wages or income
  • Property damage
  • Pain or suffering

Filing a claim on your own can be challenging, especially when you have to collect evidence to prove your claim. Our attorney has handled cases like yours and knows how to investigate your accident and what evidence to search for.

Our lawyer can strengthen your claim against an at-fault driver or rideshare company by showing that:

  • A duty of care was owed by the at-fault party
  • The at-fault party breached this duty of care
  • The breach of duty of care was the cause of the accident
  • The accident resulted in damages

Companies like Uber and Lyft will attempt to evade responsibility and even try to put the blame on their driver alone. If they’re ultimately responsible, our team can work to make sure they pay for their negligent actions.

Our Galesburg Uber and Lyft accident attorney has helped injured clients and can help you, too. Call us at (309) 228-2008 if you’re ready to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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