CALL (800) 863-5312 TODAY TO SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR NEW MEXICO UBER OR LYFT INJURY LAWYERS
Rideshare vehicles, such as Uber or Lyft, seem to be on every street. It is not uncommon, therefore, for these vehicles to get into accidents with other cars. If you have been the victim of an accident involving an Uber, or another ride-share vehicle, contact a Zinda Law Group attorney today.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group New Mexico Uber injury attorneys can help guide you through the legal process. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group car accident attorney today.
WHAT COMPENSATION MAY I BE ENTITLED TO?
If you have suffered physical or mental injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. There are three main kinds of compensation (or “damages”) that you may be able to receive. A New Mexico Uber or Lyft injury lawyer may be able to help you with your motor vehicle lawsuit. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to help negotiate on your behalf or fight for you in court to help you seek the compensation you deserve. The three main types of damages are described below.
The first kind of compensation you may be entitled to is referred to as “economic damages.” These kinds of damages are also known as “specific” damages. Economic damages are those types of damages that can be easily calculated in monetary terms. This kind of compensation is meant to reimburse the victim for their actual losses. Examples of these kinds of damages are:
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Pharmaceutical costs
- Property damage
- Past and future medical expenses
The second type of damages is “non-economic” damages. These damages are also referred to as “general” damages. This kind of compensation is not as easy to determine when compared to economic damages. Non-economic damages cannot be calculated by adding up hospital bills and invoices but are instead highly subjective and will vary from case to case. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The last type of damages is referred to as “punitive damages.” Unlike economic damages or non-economic damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim for his or her injuries or property damage. Instead, punitive damages are given on top of other means of compensation and are meant to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are relatively rare and should not be expected in every case.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyer may be able to help you in your case. Contact one of our experienced New Mexico Uber and Lyft injury attorneys today to discuss what your case may be worth.
WHO MAY BE HELD LIABLE FOR MY INJURIES?
If you have been the victim of an accident involving an Uber or Lyft, you may be wondering who is liable for your injuries. Typically, these companies have insurance policies that may cover your physical injuries or property damage. However, there are some instances where the Uber driver may be held liable for their negligence.
Uber drivers are required to undergo background checks, maintain a clean driving record, and must carry a personal insurance policy. However, Uber drivers are also considered independent contractors, meaning the Uber company may not always be held responsible for the conduct of the drivers.
For example, if the Uber or Lyft driver is driving while their rideshare app is off or inactive, they may be treated like every other driver. If the app is off and the driver gets into an accident, the driver may be held personally liable for any injuries or property damage sustained from the accident. On the other hand, if the Uber or Lyft has already accepted a passenger, the company itself may be held liable for any accident sustained while the passenger is in the car.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys may be able to help you in your motor vehicle case. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
After a car accident, you may not be thinking straight. Following these simple steps may help you physically, mentally, and with your Uber or Lyft accident lawsuit.
Seek Medical Attention
After any kind of motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention. Although you may feel fine at first, you may have sustained very serious internal injuries. Remember, your adrenaline will be very high immediately following the accident. This may mask certain injuries and make you believe they are not as serious as they are. Further, some injuries will not be immediately visible. You may feel symptoms days, or even weeks, after your accident.
Seeking immediate medical attention may also help you in your personal injury claim. A medical professional will be able to properly document all of your injuries, even the ones you may not be aware of. This documentation may be beneficial for you when negotiating a settlement.
Contact Law Enforcement
After you are safe, you should contact the local law enforcement, such as the police. Law enforcement officers will most likely investigate the accident and create an official accident report. This report may come in handy later on in showing who is at fault for the accident. This may benefit you when it comes to negotiations and settlement discussions.
Document the Scene
The next thing you should do is to document the scene of the accident. This includes taking pictures of the scene, as well as writing down everything you can remember about the incident. Although you may not have access to pen and paper, you should be able to write down the details of the accident using the notepad application on your smartphone. Your memory may fade before your lawsuit is finished, so it is important to write down everything you can remember immediately following the accident. These details may help you gain compensation in your case.
Along with writing down the details of the accident, you should also get and maintain certain documents and information. This information may include:
- The name and contact information of the other driver
- The insurance information of the other driver
- The license plate number of all vehicles involved
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the official police report.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Getting into any kind of motor vehicle accident can be a traumatizing event. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney may help ease your mind by helping you with your lawsuit. Zinda Law Group attorneys may help you navigate the often complicated legal process in your rideshare accident claim. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to investigate your unique case, file your claim, negotiate on your behalf, or fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made.
Fighting insurance companies is often a daunting task. Most of the time, insurance companies will not want to pay you the amount of money you deserve for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers have the ability you need to work hard on your behalf. We work hard for each one of our clients and give each case the individual attention it deserves.
CONTACT ZINDA LAW GROUP’S NEW MEXICO UBER AND LYFT INJURY ATTORNEYS
If you have been injured by an Uber or Lyft, Zinda Law Group may be able to help you with your lawsuit. Car accidents can lead to severe injury or even death. Zinda Law Group attorneys have helped many other car accident victims and can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and property damage.
At Zinda Law Group, we understand that you may be suffering from hefty medical bills and other associated costs. We believe that you should not have to worry about legal bills on top of your other obligations. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will cover all legal costs upfront. You do not pay us unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
Zinda Law Group’s New Mexico personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to help you with your ride-share injury lawsuit. Call us today so we can help explain the legal process, file your car injury lawsuit, negotiate on your behalf, and much more. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 to set up your 100% free consultation.
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