Colorado Springs Uber and Lyft Injury Lawyers
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If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to compensation. At Zinda Law Group, our experienced Colorado Springs Uber and Lyft injury lawyers have helped numerous Uber and Lyft victims in circumstances like yours. Moreover, if we take your case, we are confident that we can help you, too.
Our lawyers understand that your family has likely struggled financially since the accident, which is why we offer 100% free case consultations and a No Win, No Fee Guarantee. We guarantee that if we are not successful in getting compensation for you in your case, then you don’t owe us a dime. TCall us today at (800) 863-5312. Our Colorado Springs Uber & Lyft injury lawyers are waiting for your call.
FAQS heard often by our COLORADO SPRINGS UBER AND LYFT INJURY LAWYERS
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, you probably have a lot of questions running through your mind, like “What happens next?” or “Do I really need an attorney?” Below we have answered a few of the common questions that our Colorado Springs injury lawyers are asked. But remember, our personal injury lawyers are only a phone call away if you have more questions.
My Uber or Lyft Got Into an Accident. Now What?
Many Uber and Lyft passengers choose to use rideshare services because it is easier and makes traveling less stressful. Unfortunately, that convenience comes at a price if your driver gets into an accident with you in the car. If that has happened to you and you were injured, you may be at a loss for what should happen next.
Because you were injured due to the fault of another—whether it was your Uber driver or another driver on the road—you are entitled to compensation. Contacting a Colorado Springs Uber accident lawyer will help you take the first step on the road to your financial recovery. Although every case is different, generally the process will look something like this:
1. First, you will have a case consultation.
At Zinda Law Group, our lawyer consultations are 100% free. During this consultation, you will tell your story to the lawyer, who will assess your case and determine what egal claims you may have, if any. Then the lawyer will decide whether or not they can take on your case.
2. Next, we will investigate your claim.
Rideshare accident cases are more complicated than regular car accident cases, so they may need a bit more investigation to figure out exactly what happened and who is liable. If you were on your phone or not paying attention when your driver got into the accident, then you may not have a full understanding of what happened in the first place. Thankfully, Zinda Law Group has experienced investigators who can gather the facts and find the answers needed to best represent you.
3. Your accident lawyer will then figure out what claims need to be filed and will begin the negotiation process.
As discussed in more detail below, who is liable for your injuries—and therefore who should be sued—isn’t always obvious. Once your lawyer figures out whose insurance the claim should be filed with, he or she can begin the negotiation process in hopes of reaching a settlement agreement.
4. If the lawyers don’t reach an agreement that you are comfortable with, your lawyer can then file your case in court.
There are many steps to this process. First, your lawyer will write up the complaint and file it. Then, the lawyers will engage in a process called discovery, where they turn over documents to each other.
The lawyers will then litigate any pre-trial motions necessary before the trial date. Eventually, your lawyer will represent you at trial and will need to prove each element of your legal claim in court. At the end of the trial, the judge or jury will decide who prevails and, if appropriate, will award you the compensation you deserve.
Again, every case is different, so we can’t guarantee that this will be your exact process. Once you have your free consultation with one of our Colorado Springs Lyft accident lawyers, he or she can better explain what you can reasonably expect.
What are Common Injuries from Rideshare Vehicle Accidents?
Rideshare accidents can cause many different types of injuries in varying degrees of seriousness. Some of the most common injuries cause by Uber or Lyft accidents in CO are:
- Broken Bones or Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Concussions or Other Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Injuries to the Back or Neck
- Burns and Lacerations
- Internal Bleeding
- Foot, Ankle or Knee Injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Emotional Distress
Regardless of whether your injury is listed here, you are entitled to compensation. At the hands of someone else’s negligence, you were harmed, and it should be made right.
Who is Liable For My Injuries in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Who is liable—meaning who is legally answerable to you for your injuries—depends on the specific circumstances of your accident. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to retain an experienced Colorado Springs Lyft accident lawyer. Although many may expect that Uber or Lyft would be liable for their drivers’ negligence, that actually is not always the case.
If the accident was caused by another driver in another vehicle, who was not driving for a rideshare company, then the other driver is liable to you. You would file your claim with that driver’s insurance. If it was your rideshare driver who caused the accident, then the liability is not as simple.
Uber and Lyft drivers are independent contractors and not employees of the companies. Therefore, rideshare companies do not bear liability as other entities do, like bus contractor companies do, for example. Whereas bus companies are held liable for the negligent conduct of their bus drivers on the road, Uber and Lyft are not liable for their drivers’ negligent conduct because their drivers are not “employees.”
Instead, your Uber or Lyft driver will be individually liable to you, and you will file a claim with their personal insurance. To make it more complicated, if the driver’s insurance would not cover your entire claim, then it is possible to tap into Uber or Lyft’s insurance.
As you can see, this is a very complicated issue, but it is also really important. Knowing whom to sue and whose insurance to file a claim with is vital to successfully receiving the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Experienced litigators, like ours at Zinda Law Group, are well versed in these complicated liability issues and can ensure that you sue the correct defendant on time.
Five steps to take if YOU WERE IN A COLORADO SPRINGS CAR ACCIDENT involving either an Uber or a lyft
If you were injured in a rideshare accident involving Uber or Lyft—or any other rideshare service actually— whether you were another driver on the road or a passenger in the rideshare, consider taking these steps following the accident. Taking these five steps will significantly impact the strength of your case that will be built by your Colorado Springs personal injury attorney later.
1. Call the CO Springs Police and Seek Medical Attention
Without failure the first step is always to call the police and seek medical attention. Even if the Uber or Lyft driver asks that you not call the police, don’t give in to that temptation. Colorado law requires that police reports be filled out where there are personal injuries or property damage, and calling the Colorado Springs police is an easy way to satisfy this requirement.
Regardless, having an officer fill out a report from your perspective will be instrumental in your lawsuit later on. You should also always agree to be checked out by medical personnel. Even if you feel like the injury isn’t too bad and can wait until later, it is a much better idea to get checked out right away.
Otherwise, later on the attorney for the defendant can argue that your injury was caused by something else other than the accident. Besides, many common car accident injuries can get much worse over time if left untreated. Some that seem minor at first can eventually become fatal.
2. Carefully Document Everything From Beginning to End
This step starts with the police accident report itself. Make sure to tell the officer all of the important details so that everything is on the official report. Also make sure that the officer includes in the report that driver was driving for Uber or Lyft.
While on the scene of the accident, take down the following:
- the name and insurance information of the driver
- the make, model, and license plate number of the car
- the name and contact information of any witnesses
While you’re at it, take pictures of the scene, including of the Lyft or Uber decal on the car’s windshield. All of this information will be very helpful to your Colorado Springs car accident attorney later on.
In addition, continue to document everything in the days and months following the accident. This includes hanging on to medical bills or other receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, and even taking progress pictures of your injuries as they heal or worsen. Sometimes it can take a long time before these lawsuits actually get litigated, and most plaintiffs find it difficult to recollect how difficult their lives were in the months or even years immediately following their injuries.
Because of this, it is a great idea to keep a written journal throughout your recovery process. Keep track of the hard days, the days you had to miss work, and the days you were in exceptional pain. This will allow you and your Colorado Springs injury lawyer to best illustrate to the jury the impact your injury had on you and your family.
3. Keep Up With Your Medical Appointments and Follow the Advice
We understand how difficult it us to keep up with all of your appointments following a car accident, especially when even getting yourself to an appointment itself is much more difficult than it used to be. However, it is imperative to the success of your case that you do your best to follow all the medical advice you are given. One of the most common defenses by defendant lawyers is that the plaintiff failed to follow medical advice, and therefore any resulting injuries cannot be said to be the defendant’s fault entirely.
The best way to prevent a defendant from using this tactic is to follow through with all of the medical advice you are given. If your doctor says you need to go to a chiropractor, then you should go to a chiropractor. Remember to save your bill, though, because that is something you should get compensated for later on.
4. Report the Accident to Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft request that all accidents involving their drivers be reported directly to them. Reporting the accident quickly will benefit your community by potentially getting the negligent rideshare driver off the road, but it will also be better for your case. By reporting the accident, your personal injury lawyer can demonstrate later on to the jury that you clearly acted responsibly after the accident and took it seriously.
5. Call Zinda Law Group and Speak with an Accident Injury Lawyer Near You
Last but not least, call Zinda Law Group for a 100% free case consultation. Our experienced Colorado Springs Uber accident lawyers have helped many individuals in your situation take back financial control of their lives and put their accidents behind them. It is our attorneys’ purpose to help you get back to the best version of yourself.
Moreover, our attorneys have the resources and knowledge necessary to maximize the likelihood of your litigation success. We have experienced investigators who are experienced at finding the smallest details of a case. Without these, sometimes it is impossible to figure out exactly what happened and who is liable.
Our attorneys are also experienced negotiators who can challenge the defendant’s insurance company to pay you what you deserve. Equally as important, we have relentless litigators who will do everything in their power to advocate on your behalf in the courtroom.
Colorado only has a two year statute of limitations, which means that you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your case in court. Preparing for your case and negotiating with the other side can take some time. This is why you should call us at Zinda Law Group and schedule an appointment with one of our Colorado Springs car accident attorneys as quickly as possible.
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At Zinda Law Group we wish we could turn back time to keep your accident from happening in the first place, but unfortunately, we cannot. What we can do, though, is help you pick up the pieces. Let our experienced Colorado Springs Uber and Lyft injury attorneys help you fight for the compensation you deserve so that you can get back on your feet.
Not only are our consultations 100% free, but so is our representation if we don’t end up succeeding in your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. To take the first step on the road to compensation, call us today at (800) 863-5312.
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