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Rideshare Accidents

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we help individuals and their families in Tennessee when they have suffered an injury in a rideshare accident involving services such as Uber or Lyft.

Rideshare Accidents Lead to Complex Injury Cases in Tennessee

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we understand the dependence many people have on rideshare services like Uber and Lyft due to their convenience and various benefits. We also recognize the frustration, shock, and unexpected pain you are experiencing if you have suffered an injury from a rideshare accident while responsibly using these popular services. A wide range of factors can influence a motor vehicle accident; our experienced Tennessee rideshare accident attorneys can identify the causes and pursue appropriate compensation on your behalf.

Whether it’s for reasons such as temporary unavailability of personal vehicles, avoiding the hassle of parking, or ensuring responsible transportation after consuming alcohol, these services have become invaluable. Rideshare drivers are not exempt from responsibilities and risks on the road; therefore, these drivers and their customers are subject to factors such as negligence that can lead to motor vehicle accidents — causing injuries.

A key question arises in the event of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, or when you are a passenger in such a rideshare vehicle: Who bears responsibility for the damages? Is it the driver, Uber, Lyft, or you?

Contact us today at Tennessee Injury Attorneys to schedule a free consultation if you have been involved in a rideshare accident in Tennessee. We will assess the details of your unique Tennessee rideshare accident case and devise a plan to seek appropriate compensation for the harms and losses you have suffered due to an accident caused by a Lyft or Uber driver — or during the course of their transportation services. Our experienced rideshare accident attorneys can provide you with individualized attention and guidance from the start of your case through its resolution.

Types of Damages You May Pursue for Injuries from a Rideshare Accident

In Tennessee, if you’re involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you may be entitled to seek recovery for a range of damages. The types of damages you can pursue will depend on the specifics of your case and the extent of your injuries. Below, we will address some of the main categories.

Economic Damages

Clearly-quantifiable monetary losses that were caused by the accident are known as economic damages. They include:

  • Medical Expenses: These include costs for immediate medical care, ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, and any future medical expenses related to the accident.
  • Lost Wages: If you’re unable to work due to your injuries, you may be compensated for the income you’ve lost. This also covers reduced earning capacity if you’re unable to earn the same amount of money as before the accident.

Non-Economic Damages

Some damages are harder to quantify. Non-economic damages are meant to compensate for the non-monetary consequences of an accident. They can include:

  • Pain and Suffering: This compensation is for the physical pain and emotional distress suffered due to the accident.
  • Mental Anguish: This refers to the psychological impact of the accident, such as anxiety, depression, other emotional distress, or loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Scarring or Disfigurement: If the accident led to permanent physical changes to your body, you could be compensated for these damages.

Your attorney can guide you and take steps to determine appropriate valuation of the non-economic damages in your rideshare accident case.

Punitive Damages

In certain cases where the driver’s behavior was particularly reckless or malicious, such as driving under the influence or excessive speeding, Tennessee law allows victims to seek punitive damages. These are not meant to compensate for a loss, but to punish the offender and deter similar behavior.

The liable parties in a rideshare accident can vary. If the rideshare driver is at fault, you might be able to seek compensation from them or their insurance company. Additionally, rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft carry a $1 million insurance policy that can cover damages if the rideshare driver is at fault or underinsured.

When is the Uber or Lyft Driver Responsible for a Rideshare Accident?

If a driver working for Uber or Lyft is logged into their employer’s app and is actively engaged in their job — such as picking up or dropping off passengers — when they are involved in an accident, they are considered to be in “driver” mode at that time. In such cases, if the drivers of rideshare accident vehicles are negligent, their personal injury coverage will be responsible for the damages.

Accidents When The Rideshare Driver Has Not Yet Accepted a Request

One scenario to consider is when the driver is logged into the Uber or Lyft app but has not yet accepted a rider’s request. In this situation, the limited liability coverage provided by the rideshare company will apply to your injuries. However, the applicable insurance amounts differ from the applicable amounts after accepting a request.

Accidents When The Rideshare Driver Has Accepted a Request

When the Uber or Lyft driver is physically working, which means they have accepted a rider’s request, they are officially considered “on the clock.” This makes their employer’s insurance applicable, with coverage of up to $1 million in the event of a collision. Uber and Lyft accidents can be complex due to the various factors involved, making it challenging to navigate through the collision and insurance processes alone.

Understand that collisions during rideshare trips can be just as dangerous as any other car accident. These types of accidents can lead to significant injuries and wrongful death. When negligence is a factor in your collision, the driver must be held accountable for all associated short-term and long-term expenses, including:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life — both present and future
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

The compensation package you seek will be tailored to your unique injuries. Every personal injury case is different and requires varying levels of care. Our knowledgeable rideshare lawyers are committed to evaluating your case thoroughly to ensure that no detail is overlooked. Together, we will seek to maximize a fair and appropriate recovery to meet your individual needs.

Differences from Regular Car Accident Cases — Proving Your Case

Rideshare accident injury cases in Tennessee can differ significantly from other car accident injury cases due to the involvement of the rideshare companies and their specific insurance policies that can apply differently under different circumstances. Here, we will address some key differences between regular passenger car accident cases and cases involving rideshare services.

Insurance Policies Apply Differently in Rideshare Accident Cases

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have large insurance policies — typically up to $1 million — that can cover damages if the rideshare driver is at fault or underinsured. However, these policies only apply when the driver is logged into the app and during a trip. If the driver is not logged into the app, their personal insurance applies, which may not provide sufficient coverage for all damages.

Rideshare Accidents Can Involve Multiple Potential Defendants

In a rideshare accident, several parties could potentially be held liable. This includes the rideshare driver, the rideshare company, and any other drivers involved in the accident.

The Complexity of Liability in a Rideshare Accident Case

Determining liability in a rideshare accident can be more complex than in a typical car accident. It often requires an understanding of the rideshare company’s insurance policy, the driver’s status at the time of the accident (whether they were logged into the app or on a trip), and the specific circumstances of the accident.

Rideshare Service Industry Regulations Can Affect Your Case

Rideshare companies are subject to specific regulations in Tennessee, which can influence the handling of accident cases. For example, Tennessee law requires rideshare drivers to undergo background checks and maintain certain safety standards. Violations or failure to meet such standards may be pertinent to your accident case.

While the basic principles of personal injury law apply to both rideshare accidents and other car accidents, the involvement of the rideshare companies and their specific policies introduce unique complexities to these cases.

Determining the Value of Your Rideshare Accident Case

A rideshare accident injury case in Tennessee can be complex due to the numerous factors involved, and these can affect both the scope of damages you may be able to claim and the dollar value of the compensation you can seek in your unique circumstances. There are many variables that could influence the value of a rideshare case.

Medical Expenses

The cost of medical treatment is a significant factor in determining the value of a personal injury case. This includes not only immediate medical costs, but also the costs of ongoing treatment and future medical expenses related to the accident.

Lost Wages and Earning Capacity

If the injured party has been unable to work due to their injuries, they may be compensated for lost wages. Furthermore, if the injuries have affected their ability to earn the same income as before the accident, they may be entitled to compensation for reduced earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

This refers to the physical pain and emotional distress suffered due to the accident. Determining the monetary value for pain and suffering can be complex, and often requires the analysis of an attorney experienced in cases involving Uber and Lyft drivers.

Property Damage

If the accident led to damage to the victim’s property, such as a personal vehicle or belongings, the cost of repair or replacement could be included in the claim. If your vehicle was involved in an accident caused by the rideshare driver, your vehicle expenses would be categorized as property damage.

Degree of Fault

Tennessee follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means if the injured party is found to be partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may be reduced by their percentage of fault. If their fault is 50% or more, they may not be able to recover any damages.

Recognize that several vehicles may be involved, and rideshare drivers may not be entirely responsible for causing an accident. However, if the driver of a rideshare vehicle was partially responsible for an auto accident, that can lead to increased complexity in that accident case.

Rideshare Accident Insurance Policies

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft carry large insurance policies — typically up to $1 million. This policy comes into play when the rideshare driver is at fault or underinsured. Let your attorney handle your rideshare accident claim with the insurance companies on your behalf. Your own insurance coverage may still come into play following a ridesharing accident if your rideshare accident attorney advises you to make a claim on your own personal auto insurance in the short term.

Given the complexity of these many factors in personal injury cases involving ridesharing companies, it is essential to promptly seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, our rideshare accident lawyers can accurately estimate the value of your rideshare accident injury case and address your full range of legal options. We are here to help you seek appropriate compensation to cover your unforeseen expenses caused by the accident.

Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys Today to Schedule a Free Consultation and Plan a Strategy for Your Rideshare Accident Case

Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber have become immensely popular throughout much of Tennessee due to their convenience, but they unfortunately do not make you immune to the dangers of the road. Due to their increased complexity as compared to other passenger vehicle accidents, it is especially important that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when seeking appropriate compensation for your injuries and losses following a rideshare accident.

Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys today by phone, or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation following your injury due to an accident involving a rideshare vehicle. We will carefully assess the details of your unique rideshare accident case and work together with you to plan a tailored strategy to secure your future — Hablamos español.

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