Abingdon, Bristol and Johnson City
Transportation service such as Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only are ride-share services usually cheaper than taking a taxi or shuttle to get around, but it offers a stress-free way to get around town when you are without a vehicle. When these companies first began operating, they failed to provide their drivers with appropriate insurance coverage, which left them open for a lawsuit. What has happened since then? You may be left wondering if you can sue and collect damages as a result of an injury you incurred while riding in a ride-sharing vehicle. Your Tri-Cities accident attorney at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., has got answers for you.
Determining whether you can sue for damages will depend on various factors. To start, we need to know exactly how the accident occurred. For instance, if you were injured while riding in a ride-share vehicle, and the accident was the fault of your driver, then you may be able to sue for damages against the driver and the company he or she works for such as Uber or Lyft.
Here is another situation that could happen. You are riding along in a ride-share vehicle and suddenly are hit by another driver. In this case, the driver of the other vehicle would likely be at fault. What if the other driver does not have any insurance? In these cases, the injured party can file a lawsuit against the ride-sharing company since they are required to carry uninsured motorist coverage.
Another situation that is common is that a person becomes injured in their own vehicle as they were hit by a ride-share driver. This situation can also occur if a ride-share driver hits a pedestrian or cyclist. However, these type of accidents can get a bit tricky because the amount of compensation allowable may depend on if the Uber or Lyft driver was logged into their app, or they were on route with a passenger in their vehicle.
As with any type of accident, details matter, and so does a timely response to the incident. If you are injured in an accident involving a ride-share driver such as with Uber or Lyft, you should contact the company as soon as possible to report the incident to them, and then make a call to a trusted accident attorney in Johnson City such as the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C.
Our team has the experience and knowledge to work these type of accident cases. Never attempt to settle with the insurance company before discussing your case with an attorney. Also, should you find yourself involved in an accident of any kind, always document the scene, if possible, taking pictures of the vehicles involved, as well as the intersection or roadway in which the accident occurred. Call 9-1-1 if you or anyone else involved has sustained serious injuries, and to initially report the incident with police.
If you would like more information about filing a lawsuit for an accident involving a ride-sharing driver or their company, contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C, for a free consultation at (276) 451-2056.
We serve clients in the areas of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.