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Newport Beach Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys
Anyone can be the victim of a motor-vehicle accident, and that certainly includes Uber and Lyft passengers. If you were hurt in a rideshare crash, regardless of whether you were a paying passenger or another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys in Newport Beach can assess your case in a free consultation and help you plot the way forward.
Sometimes it is possible to bring a claim against a rideshare service’s commercial insurance policy. Other times, the claim is brought against the insurance provider of another party. Our lawyers can review the facts of your case to determine the most strategic way to pursue the highest possible compensation. To speak with a member of our team in a no-obligation case evaluation, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Signs You Have a Strong Uber or Lyft Car Accident Claim
If you were seriously injured or lost a family member in the crash, it is likely that you’ve incurred significant damages. That means the insurance company will have plenty of incentive to find reasons to dispute your claim.
Fortunately, no matter how much time and resources the insurer commits to challenging your case, the outcome will ultimately hinge on the strength of the evidence. If you have strong evidence to prove liability, causation, and damages, there’s a good chance a fair settlement will be paid without proceeding to litigation, or at least without proceeding all the way to trial.
Below are a few signs that you have a strong rideshare accident claim:
- Police Attended the Scene: If police attended the scene, that means an accident report was probably drafted. Your Newport Beach rideshare accident lawyer can assess this report to find out how it might contribute to your claim. It should provide details about injuries, property damage, and the circumstances of the collision.
- You Sought Immediate Medical Care: If you made your health a top priority and visited a clinic or hospital right away, the insurer may be less likely to dispute damages. Otherwise, the insurer might say that the injuries were caused by something else, they couldn’t be very severe, or you have failed to mitigate damages.
- You’ve Followed Your Doctor’s Instructions: Obeying the instructions of your healthcare providers is an integral part of mitigating damages. If you deviate from your treatment program and this causes your injuries to worsen or slows down your recovery, the opposing party might refuse to pay compensation for 100 percent of your damages.
- You Contacted a Lawyer Right Away: Although an attorney cannot guarantee to win a particular settlement figure, they can help you avoid mistakes and take the necessary steps to optimize the likelihood of recovering a fair payout. The sooner an Uber or Lyft accident attorney in Newport Beach takes over your case, the less likely you may be to make a costly error.
- You Haven’t Discussed the Case on Social Media: Your online posts might be used to dispute liability, causation, or damages.
- You Did Not Contribute to the Accident: If your own negligence played a role in causing the crash, you may not be able to obtain compensation for 100 percent of your losses. You will be assigned a percentage of fault, and your damages award would be reduced by that percentage.
- The Crash Did Not Aggravate a Preexisting Condition: If the crash caused a preexisting condition to worsen, the opposing party might dispute causation by asserting that at least some of your medical bills and other damages were not a direct result of the collision. Fortunately, a skilled rideshare accident lawyer may help you counter this defense using medical records and medical expert witness deposition.
What Should I Bring to the Free Consultation?
Many people do not take the time to prepare for their initial consultation. They approach this meeting as if it’s just an opportunity to ask questions and learn about their case. But this consultation will be the starting point of your attorney’s investigation. It is therefore important that you come prepared with any evidence or documents that might help your lawyer provide effective counsel.
Below are a few items to bring to the consultation. It is important to note, however, that you should not delay the consultation just to compile evidence.
- The police report;
- Medical records from before and after the accident;
- Financial documentation;
- Receipts and invoices for accident-related costs;
- Photos of injuries, property damage, and the accident scene;
- The names and contact information of the other parties involved in the crash, eyewitnesses, and your medical providers; and
- A written description of everything you remember about the wreck including what you’ve done since the accident.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Lyft or Uber Accident Lawyer in Newport Beach
For a free consultation with a rideshare accident attorney, call Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. You can also reach our team online using our Contact Page.