Uber and Lyft are ridesharing services: transportation options available on-demand through apps. They are the two leading rideshare companies today, with millions of drivers and riders around the world. Despite being responsible for the safety of millions, however, both companies have neglected to implement certain protocols that could help prevent accidents, incidents, and sexual assaults, such as more thorough background checks for drivers.
If you have injuries from a traffic accident or are the survivor of sexual assault involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Portland, Oregon, the lawyers at Tillmann Law may be able to help. We represent victims during many types of personal injury claims and lawsuits throughout the state. Find out how our attorneys propose to help you during a free consultation at our local law office. Schedule yours today.
After an Uber or Lyft accident, it can be difficult to understand your rights and obtain fair compensation. You might not know which insurance company should receive your claim or how much your damages are actually worth. You might face bad faith tactics from insurance corporations or the rideshare company. The best way to fully understand and protect your rights is to work with someone you trust. Benefit from professional assistance by hiring an attorney.
A rideshare accident lawyer in Portland will want what is in your best interests – not what is best for an insurance carrier or rideshare company. Your lawyer can work closely with you to help you accomplish your individual goals for the case. Your lawyer could also help with your physical and emotional healing after a traumatic car accident or Uber/Lyft sexual assault crime by connecting you with the right physicians and professionals in Portland. Your lawyer can handle all the aspects of your injury claim while you look toward the future.
Before you may file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim, you or an attorney must identify the correct defendant. The defendant is the person you are claiming caused your accident and owes you financial compensation. Determining the defendant takes identifying the proximate cause of your accident. Uber and Lyft accidents occur for all the same reasons as other collisions in Oregon – mainly, driver errors. At Tillmann Law, we help clients in Portland identify the causes of their rideshare accidents through professional investigations.
Once we determine the accident’s cause, we can go to work collecting evidence to help prove your case against the defendant, such as a police report, photos of the crash, medical documents, and eyewitness interviews. Our Uber and Lyft lawyers can take many steps to try to protect your rights against the person or party that caused your accident. If you are a survivor of rideshare sexual assault, we can help you collect evidence to support a claim against the criminal involved.
Rideshare companies have made their position on liability for accidents clear: they classify their drivers as independent contractors, so they are not vicariously liable for the accidents their drivers cause. In most cases, therefore, you will bring your injury claim with the insurance provider of the individual Uber or Lyft driver, not the rideshare company. If the driver’s insurance is not enough to cover your damages, only then will the rideshare company extend its coverage.
The rideshare company itself would only be liable if your lawyer could prove the company guilty of negligence that caused your damages, such as poor hiring protocols. A third party might also be financially responsible for your Portland rideshare accident. For example, a driver in a vehicle other than your Uber or Lyft might have crashed into you while texting and driving. In this case, the at-fault driver’s insurance company would pay for your damages. Your own insurer might also provide coverage if you have no-fault insurance. Speak to an attorney at Tillmann Law to find out who might be liable in your rideshare accident claim.
Hiring a Portland personal injury lawyer can be important for many reasons, one of which is to maximize your financial recovery for an Uber or Lyft accident. A lawyer will know what tactics to use to help you recover fair and full compensation for your damages from the defendant(s), whether through insurance settlement negotiations or a personal injury trial. A successful claim with an attorney’s assistance could repay you for many different damages.
Keep in mind, you generally only have two years from the date of your Uber or Lyft accident to file a personal injury suit. This is the statute of limitations on all personal injury and auto accident claims in Oregon. Contact us as soon as possible after an accident or rideshare sexual assault to ensure you meet your deadline.
An Uber or Lyft accident in Portland could inflict serious injuries, from broken bones to traumatic brain damage. Working with the lawyers at Tillmann Law can enable you to fight back in pursuit of financial recovery. Discuss your potential claim in more detail with our Portland car accident attorneys today, either at our local law office or your home or hospital. Call (503) 272-8986 or send us a virtual message to request your free initial consultation.