Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have been increasingly popular over the last decade. As these services have become more popular, rideshare-related accidents have increased.
Mississippi leads the nation in traffic fatalities and had nearly 700 traffic fatalities last year and thousands of accidents. If you have been injured in a ridesharing accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Causes Of Rideshare Accidents
While ridesharing vehicles are used for a different purpose than non-rideshare vehicles, causes of rideshare accidents are often the same or related to causes of crashes for other cars on the road. Each of the following causes may lead to a claim against a rideshare driver or service:
Uber and Lyft drivers may be more likely to drive faster than a typical driver. This is because the less time it takes for a driver to pick up a passenger and drive you to your destination, the quicker they can pick up another passenger, resulting in increasing their pay.
Fatigue may lead to a rideshare driver to get into an accident. Since many drivers for Uber and Lyft take on the job to supplement their primary income, they may be working a shift after leaving their day job or class. This may result in drivers working late at night while they are exhausted.
Aggressive Driving/ Tailgating
With drivers often in a hurry to pick up a passenger or take a passenger to their destination, they sometimes drive aggressively resulting in unsafe tactics and maneuvers. These actions, such as tailgating and weaving in and out of lanes, can result in an accident.
Failure To Obey Traffic Lights And Signs
Drivers disregarding a stop sign or red light may cause an accident. Rideshare drivers may also fail to yield, driver over the speed limit, or pass in non-passing zones in order to shave time off the trip.
Drivers who are distracted by their cell phones or any electronic devices, such as navigation, can be held responsible for an accident resulting from not paying attention to the road.
Some common locations such as an airport or downtown restaurants are popular with ridesharing services. Drivers trying to locate a passenger in these areas may cause them to be less attentive to the road.
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What You Need To Know About Rideshare Accident Claims
In the state of Mississippi, rideshare accident claims fall under personal injury law. When filing a successful claim, you must prove that the driver’s negligent behavior caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
H.B. 1281 is a law in Mississippi that requires TNCs (Transportation Network Companies) to have a license, maintain a minimum of $1 million of liability insurance, and conduct a criminal background check on all of the company’s drivers.
Mississippi’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. This means that you can make a claim within three years of the accident or within three years of discovering an injury that resulted from the accident.
What Are Your Rights After A Rideshare Accident?
After getting medical care after your accident, seek an experienced Mississippi rideshare accident attorney to discuss what legal options you may have.
Speaking with an attorney, even before consulting your insurance company and/or agent, can increase the potential of your claim and optimize your monetary compensation.
Insurance companies will do everything in their power to not pay you or pay you as little as possible for your accident.
Rideshare accident attorneys know how the rideshare service companies, insurance companies, and/or the driver may shift the blame towards you even though you are not at fault.
Reasons People File Rideshare Accident Claims
If you are in a rideshare accident, you have a legal right to file a claim against the party that is responsible. There are many different reasons why someone may file a claim after being involved in a rideshare accident.
It is to your advantage to file a claim with an experienced attorney against the responsible party so that you may be compensated for any losses incurred from a rideshare accident.
While filing a claim can help you financially, it will also play a role in preventing future rideshare accidents, as rideshare services will likely be prompted to increase education and training for their drivers to improve safety. If you successfully win your claim, you may be entitled to damages.
Types Of Damages Awarded For Mississippi Rideshare Accident Claims
The types of damages you may win will depend on a number of different factors which affect your individual circumstances. These can include the type and severity of your injury, whether you will be able to return to work, how much work and subsequent income you missed, and more.
Damages which may be awarded in a rideshare accident in Mississippi include:
- pain and suffering
- medical expenses
- rehabilitation expenses
- loss of current or future wages
- emotional distress
- loss of consortium
- funeral or burial expenses
- loss of enjoyment
Damages can differ based on the extent of the injuries and a Florin|Roebig attorney can discuss what you may be entitled to.
Knowing What Your Claim Is Worth
The amount and type of compensation you receive will depend on several different factors, including:
- type of injury — head and brain injury including concussions, neck and back injury, broken bones, dislocations, physical appearance alteration
- extent and severity of injury — how badly you were injured and the recovery time of the injury (short- or long-term recovery)
- who was affected — for example, if a minor loses their parent or guardian
- medical expenses incurred — how much in medical expenses you’ve had since the injury
- earning capacity — whether the accident has affected your ability to work in your industry temporarily or permanently
- routine activities — your ability to care for your home or loved ones
An experienced rideshare accident attorney will be able to help you evaluate your claim to know what it is worth and what you can expect to receive.
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Do I Need To Hire A Rideshare Accident Attorney?
You will want a knowledgeable attorney on your side when it comes to making a claim against a rideshare service or driver. Insurance companies are difficult and complicated to work with, act in their own best interest, and want to avoid settling a claim or have to pay as little as possible.
Being represented by a rideshare attorney will benefit you as they are experienced with Mississippi rideshare law, know how the legal system works, and have the skillset to provide you with the best possible outcome.
Facts On Rideshare Accidents In Mississippi
Rideshare accidents have been on the rise in Mississippi, and traffic-related deaths have consistently increased over the last decade.
Additional facts include:
- There may be a longer EMS response time with an accident in a rural area.
- Increased ridesharing in cities has led to congestion causing deadheading (rideshare drivers causing traffic in pickup/drop off points).
- There have been increased rideshare accidents and mortalities throughout the U.S.
- More rideshare drivers are on the road seeking a second income.
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List Of Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Taking on rideshare services and insurance companies on your own may be very difficult and stressful. Hiring an attorney for a rideshare accident is an important decision and you want to make sure that you hire the best.
Our entire legal team at Florin|Roebig is committed to helping you achieve the results that you deserve. Our Mississippi-licensed attorneys offer representation to people like you who have been injured by rideshare services, including Uber and Lyft.
Rideshare accident attorneys at Florin|Roebig include:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig, B.C.S.
- Michael A. Ossi, O.C.
- Nicholas S. Costantino
- Chase P. Florin, B.C.S.
It can be difficult and frustrating to file a claim by yourself. Let one of our attorneys guide you through the process and provide legal expertise to get you a fair settlement. Call us today for a free consultation with one of our top rideshare attorneys serving Mississippi.