No one wants to suffer serious injuries in a ridesharing accident, but unfortunately, accidents happen whether we like it or not. After an accident occurs, victims often have questions about getting legal advice. Do they need an attorney? What can an attorney do that the victims can’t just do themselves? How much will an attorney cost?
In this blog post, we discuss some factors to consider when seeking answers to questions like these after a ridesharing accident leaves you struggling to recover from an injury or a tragic loss of a loved one’s life.
Do You Need an Attorney?
It never hurts to consult an attorney after a ridesharing accident. The initial consultation with an experienced ridesharing accident attorney at Uber Car Accident Law is always free of charge. At that consultation, we will tell our prospective clients whether we think they have a claim to pursue.
There are some scenarios in which we think it is particularly important to consult with an attorney. They are:
- When you suffered serious, life-changing injuries or a loved one died. If you suffered serious injuries that have the potential to alter how you live your life, such as second and third-degree burns, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, or traumatic amputation of a limb, or if a ridesharing accident took the life of a loved one, it can be particularly important to speak with an attorney. Not only will recovering from your injury or loss take all of your energy, but the type of injury or loss you have suffered may entitle you to take legal action for significant compensation.
- When you have trouble obtaining insurance payments. In Florida, you will likely have to seek compensation first from your own auto insurance policy to reimburse you for your medical care and lost time at work. Sometimes, unfortunately, insurance companies do not pay as they should, or offer settlements that seem far too low for the circumstances. Other times, victims face difficulty figuring out, as between auto insurance, health insurance, worker’s comp insurance, and other parties’ insurance, which insurance company should pay for what. Florida’s ridesharing insurance requirements are quite different from those for other drivers, and you’ll want an attorney with experience dealing with these issues so you can focus on healing.
- When a vehicle malfunction seems to have caused an accident. If the vehicle you or a loved one was riding in or collided with seems to have malfunctioned, it could indicate a defect in the vehicle that entitles you to seek compensation from the vehicle manufacturer and others involved with selling or maintaining it. Recovering the compensation you deserve from those parties can be very complicated, and almost always requires help from an experienced attorney.
- When the accident involved or implicated a government entity. Accidents caused by someone or something connected to the government, from collisions with city buses to crashes on poorly-maintained stretches of road, present complex legal issues for victims seeking compensation for their injuries and losses.
When Should You Call an Attorney?
Short answer: right away. Longer answer: you should call an attorney as soon as it is practical for you to do so. The sooner you contact an attorney about a ridesharing accident, the better your chances of recovering every dollar of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
The fact of the matter is, the longer an accident victim waits to seek help from an attorney, the higher the risk that crucial evidence will be lost, witness memories will fade, and insurance companies will lose interest. If a victim waits too long to seek legal help, the statute of limitations on seeking compensation could expire, leaving the victim without any rights at all. So, do not wait. Call an experienced auto accident attorney right away.
What Can an Attorney Do for You?
An attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve. In providing that service, an attorney can also take many administrative burdens off of your shoulders, so that you have the time and space to heal from your injuries and losses. For example, your attorney is:
- Someone who has your best interests in mind. Often, insurance companies primarily consider the bottom line in accident cases, not what you, as the victim, need to move forward. When you work with an attorney, you get help from someone who is genuinely concerned for you and will work with you throughout the process.
- Someone to communicate with the insurance company for you. Communicating with insurance companies can prove daunting, especially if they fight not to offer you appropriate compensation. You may worry that you will accidentally say the wrong thing, decreasing your odds of receiving the settlement you hope for. When you work with an attorney, those communications go through them. Knowing that you do not have to handle those communications may drastically decrease your stress throughout the process.
- Someone who increases your odds of maximum compensation. When you work with an attorney, you get someone motivated to achieve the highest compensation possible for your situation, and who will fight to help you get it. Often, simply working with an attorney will encourage insurance companies to make higher settlement offers.
- Someone who facilitates faster settlements. If you wait on the insurance company alone, you may wait for months to receive your payout—months in which you could use that money to pay medical bills or cover other important expenses. When you work with an attorney, on the other hand, insurance companies know you mean business and will often expedite the process so that you get your settlement faster.
Do You Need to Contact a Lawyer? Yes.
As we mentioned above, we offer every prospective client a free consultation with a member of our team. In many cases, we also represent clients on a contingent fee basis in which we do not charge our client any up-front fee, but instead receive our payment out of any settlement or award we achieve for the client.
If you suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a South Florida ridesharing accident, don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact us today or call us at (305) 964-8806 to set up a free consultation to discuss your options.