St. Louis Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Ridesharing has revolutionized how people get around their hometowns and cities when they don’t want to or cannot drive themselves. However, it has also changed how people can seek compensation after being in a bad car accident. If you were hurt while riding in an Uber or Lyft, then filing an injury claim against the liable party will likely get complicated. That is where our Uber & Lyft accident lawyers come in.
To sort out your case and progress it confidently, rely on Cantor Injury Law, LLC, and our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys in St. Louis. We are known throughout both Missouri and Illinois as steadfast lawyers who will go to any length to ensure our client’s success and comfort.
Call us now at (314) 628-9999 to schedule your FREE consultation with our firm.
What to Do After A Rideshare Accident?
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, here are some steps you should take:
- Seek medical attention: The first priority after any accident is to seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured. Some injuries, such as whiplash or concussions, may not be immediately apparent.
- Report the accident to the rideshare company: Notify the rideshare company of the accident as soon as possible. This can be done through the app or by contacting customer service.
- Collect information: Gather as much information as possible about the accident, including the names and contact information of any witnesses, the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved, and the insurance information of the rideshare driver.
- Take photos: Take photos of the accident scene, including any damage to vehicles and any injuries you or others have sustained.
- Don’t admit fault: Avoid admitting fault for the accident, even if you think you may have been partly to blame. This can be used against you later on if you decide to pursue legal action.
- Contact Cantor Injury Law: Our experienced car accident attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
By following these steps, you can help ensure that you receive the medical attention you need and that your legal rights are protected after a rideshare accident.
Who Can Be Held Liable In An Uber Or Lyft Accident?
As with any other car accident claim, the key to success in our Uber or Lyft accident claim will be proving liability and damages. Your damages may be fairly straightforward to prove, like showing medical bills and the income you lost due to being unable to work. Proving liability can be a different and more difficult situation, though.
In a typical car accident, you can usually point at the other driver and solve liability, but unfortunately things are not as straightforward in an Uber of Lyft accident.
Parties who might be liable for your ridesharing crash include:
There is the very real chance that your own Uber or Lyft driver caused your accident. After all, almost everyone has a story of a ridesharing driver “driving crazy” to get to the destination as fast as possible. Your driver’s own insurance company might be responding to your injury claim. Make sure you are ready to take them on by using our help.
Along the same train of thought, is it possible that Uber or Lyft is partially responsible for your crash? Arguments have been made before that ridesharing companies encourage unsafe driving by paying drivers minimally and per ride completed. The more customers driven in an hour, the more a driver stands to make, which makes many of them drive hastily. Uber and Lyft have also been criticized for distracting drivers by forcing them to use their app while in transit.
Of course, we cannot rule out that another driver on the road could have caused your Uber or Lyft accident. This situation complicates things as they have a duty to drive safely, but your ridesharing driver has a duty to protect you from harm as their paying passenger. Even when another driver is clearly at-fault for your crash, the argument might be made that liability is split between them and your driver.
There are also stories of unruly ridesharing passengers causing accidents by distracting or even attacking their drivers. Services like UberPool will place you in an Uber with complete strangers. How do you file an injury claim if a stranger causes your ridesharing accident? With our help!
While pinpointing liability is as important as it is difficult, it is not something you have to do on your own – or worry about at all. Focus on your own recuperation instead while getting our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers from Cantor Injury Law to work on your claim. We can do all the legwork, research, investigating, and claim building for you.
Are Uber & Lyft Drivers Considered Employees?
Uber and Lyft accident claims and lawsuits have also been complicated by the perennial question: “Are ridesharing drivers employees?” While most any ridesharing driver will tell you that they behave and are treated like an employee, Uber, Lyft, and the National Labor Relations Board all say differently. The debate is ongoing today.
If an Uber or Lyft driver is an employee, then accidents they cause can put liability directly onto their employer’s shoulders, similar to how Walmart can be held accountable for truck accidents caused by their truckers. If Uber or Lyft drivers are independent contractors, as their parent companies insist, then that separates those companies from liability and makes cases trickier. In either circumstance, you can trust in our team to back you and aggressively seek every single penny of compensation you deserve.
Decades of Legal Experience By Your Side
All of our clients and legal peers can tell you that we are truly passionate about doing what is best for our clients.
A few reasons why you should choose us first:
- Attorney Mark Cantor has been practicing injury law since 1993.
- We are well-rated by Avvo, Super Lawyers®, and Martindale-Hubbell®.
- You don’t pay unless we win your case!
We even have a private weekend retreat that we make available to certain clients in particularly stressful cases. When your wellbeing and finances are on the line after a Uber or Lyft accident, don’t settle for less! Let only the professionals at our firm represent you.