Long Beach Uber or Lyft Accident Attorneys
Filing an auto accident claim can be a confusing and stressful experience when a rideshare company is involved. If you were hurt in such a collision, you probably have a lot of questions about the proceedings. Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys in Long Beach can provide the answers you seek and help you fight for the highest compensation possible.
Uber and Lyft provide commercial insurance policies to their drivers, but several criteria must be met in order for these policies to pay out benefits. Our lawyers know the language of these policies inside and out, and we can help you identify all potential avenues for pursuing damages. To speak with one of our legal professionals in a free case review, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
What Should I Bring to My Consultation with a Lyft or Uber Accident Attorney?
There are many kinds of evidence and documentation your attorney may want to see during the initial consultation. Before we dive any deeper, it is first important to note that even if you have not had time to gather evidence, you should still contact an attorney right away. Putting off your consultation—even for just a few days—could seriously jeopardize your case since valuable evidence may be time sensitive.
Below we’ve listed a few kinds of evidence and records you should bring to the consultation if you already have them:
- Pictures of the Scene: If the opposing party tries to blame you for the accident or says that your injuries or property damage were caused by something else, it may be necessary to bring in an accident reconstruction expert to review the available evidence and provide deposition. Such an expert will want to assess any photos that were taken of the crash scene. Pictures of skid marks, deployed airbags, property damage, injuries, and the positions of vehicles may reveal what happened just before the collision.
- Video Footage: Recordings of the collision can also show valuable details pertaining to liability and causation. If you had a dash cam, for example, bring along its footage to your consultation with a Long Beach Lyft and Uber accident lawyer. Your attorney can also visit the scene to look for surveillance systems in the vicinity.
- Other Drivers’ Insurance and Contact Info: Your lawyer won’t be able to file the insurance claim unless he or she has the at-fault driver’s insurance information. And don’t forget to bring along the contact details of the other drivers and passengers involved—even if they weren’t at fault for the wreck.
- Eyewitness Contact Details: Percipient witness deposition often plays a critical role in proving liability. Those who witnessed the crash may be able to provide deposition about what happened just prior to the collision.
- The Accident Report: If you already have a copy of the accident report, bring it with you to the consultation. If you have the names and badge numbers of responding officers, your lawyer may want to see those, as well.
- Contact Details of Medical Providers: It is likely that your Long Beach Uber or Lyft accident attorney will reach out to your healthcare providers to learn about your diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment program. If a settlement is not reached and a lawsuit is filed, your physician might be deposed regarding the severity of your injuries and the anticipated trajectory of your recovery.
- Your Own Insurance Policies: If it turns out that the rideshare driver was not liable for the crash and the liable party did not have insurance coverage, you might have to bring a first-party claim against your own insurance carrier. In this scenario, you may be able to recover damages from your collision coverage or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If your lawyer discovers that the liable party has significant assets, it may be advisable to bring a claim directly against the at-fault individual.
- Financial Records: People who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others may be entitled to compensation for any income lost as a result of the tort; however, you won’t be able to recover such damages unless you can prove the amount of compensation you have lost. Essential evidence may include paystubs, tax returns, 1099s, and any other records pertaining to your income.
- Medical Records: The insurance company will want to see official documentation of your injuries and healthcare costs. If a pre-existing injury was aggravated by the accident, you should bring relevant medical records from both before and after the collision.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with an Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney in Long Beach
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping rideshare accident victims pursue compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. To speak with a member of our team in a free case assessment, message us online or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
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