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Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Grand Junction

Hurt by an Uber or Lyft Driver?

Uber and Lyft are popular across the Western Slope and throughout Colorado. It’s a fast and convenient way to get around. Unfortunately, these drivers are not screened or monitored like regular taxi drivers, and this makes them a lot more dangerous.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured as a passenger or they were hit by a rideshare driver, you will want to find a personal injury lawyer who knows how to handle these cases. Contact Peters & Nolan, LLC, and we’ll help you get a fair settlement to cover the cost of your injuries. Call (970) 243-4357 to schedule a FREE consultation today.

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Who Can File a Claim?

Victims who have been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver may be entitled to compensation to pay for their medical bills and other expenses. Your personal injury attorney will investigate the accident and determine who was negligent to help you get the best possible settlement. Victims of a rideshare accident may include:

  • Rideshare passengers
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists injured by a rideshare driver
  • Drivers of other vehicles who are injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver
  • Passengers in other vehicles who injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver

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Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?

For you to have a successful injury claim, liability must be determined. If the Uber or Lyft driver was at fault, the process of filing a claim to recover damages will vary, based on what the driver was doing at the time.

If the driver was picking up, transporting, or dropping off a paying customer, then it’s best to seek compensation directly from Uber or Lyft. In other cases, the victim may want to seek compensation from the driver’s personal insurance policy.

Both Uber and Lyft offer liability coverage to their drivers, but only under certain circumstances:

  • No coverage when the rideshare driver is not logged into the ridesharing app. In these cases, the rideshare driver’s personal auto insurance policy is in play. In the state of Colorado, the minimum limits are $25,000 for one person’s injuries, with a total $50,000 for multiple people, and $15,000 for property damage.
  • When the driver is logged into the app but has not accepted a ride, the policy limits are $50,000 for one injured person, with a total of $100,000 for multiple people. Property damage liability is at $25,000 during this period.
  • When an Uber or Lyft driver is picking or transporting a customer, the liability coverage increases to a limit of $1,000,000, with some coverage for damage to the rideshare driver’s vehicle, along with added coverage for uninsured drivers.

Before filing a claim, it is necessary to determine whether the driver was logged in to the app, currently transporting a customer, or was off duty. Your Colorado personal injury lawyer will make sure you file the most effective claim.

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What If the Driver Wasn’t Logged In?

Uber and Lyft drivers are hired as independent contractors rather than employees. The rideshare companies do this to limit their own liability as much as possible. But Uber and Lyft drivers are still required to carry their own personal insurance to cover injuries that occur in accidents when drivers are not logged into the app.

When you try to recover damages from an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, there can be a lot of finger-pointing between the driver and the rideshare company who are both trying to avoid blame. Your personal injury attorney knows how to figure out who is negligent and who is legally responsible for your injuries to get you a fair settlement.

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Accidents Caused by Rideshare Drivers

Uber drivers don’t have any special training. They’re just regular people who signed up to work for the rideshare companies.

Uber and Lyft drivers are not subject to direct supervision, making them less reliable than other types of commercial drivers. These drivers are subject to the following kinds of behavior, increasing the probability that accidents will occur:

  • Speeding. Uber drivers aren’t getting paid when they don’t have any customers, and this means they are often in a hurry to get to their next assignment.
  • Drugs and alcohol use. Regular taxi drivers have to check in with a supervisor at the beginning and end of their shifts, which gives their supervisors a good idea of who they are and what type of condition they are in when they’re transporting passengers.
  • Distraction. Uber and Lyft drivers are frequently looking at their cell phones, checking for their next assignment.
  • Sudden stops: Rideshare drivers pick up their customers all over the place, and this can cause hazardous situations for pedestrians and other drivers.

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Types of Injuries: Rideshare Accidents

Car collisions, even at slow speeds, can lead to serious or fatal injuries. These include:

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our Grand Junction car crash lawyers provide experienced representation to people who have been injured in a rideshare accident.

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Damages: What Is the Value of Your Accident Case?

Every case is considered on its own merits. The damages sought in a ridesharing accident can include:

  • Economic damages: These are the financial losses experienced by the victim as a result of the injuries, including medical and hospital bills, loss of income from work, diminished earning capacity, rehabilitation, transportation, medications, prosthetics, medical devices, etc.
  • Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are more personal, paid to reflect the victim’s pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, and loss of consortium (companionship and associations with a husband or wife).
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, under Colorado Revised Statute CRS 13-21-102, punitive damages may be possible. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party, and they apply when it can be proven that the driver engaged in willful or wanton conduct or acted in reckless disregard for the safety of others.

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We’re on Your Side

At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our team of trial lawyers works closely with the people we represent. The firm was founded in 2004, and we have extensive experience with personal injury cases of all types.

If you or a loved one was injured in a rideshare accident, we offer a FREE case evaluation. Uber and Lyft accidents are taken on a contingency fee basis – that means there are no fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact us through our online form, or call us directly at our Grand Junction office at (970) 243-4357.

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Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.

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