Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Grand Junction
“Transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft are operating across the Western Slope, and throughout the entire state of Colorado. These rides are easy to order, convenient, and usually comfortable, but accidents still happen. If you or someone you love was seriously injured as a passenger or hit by a rideshare driver, seeking compensation has some unique challenges - so choose a law firm that gets results. Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 to set up a free consultation.
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. Rideshare drivers use their own vehicles and carry personal car insurance, but most insurers will deny an injury claim if the driver was picking up, transporting, or dropping off a paying customer.
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. With legal assistance, the matter can be resolved as quickly as possible, and for the maximum amount possible.
Car collisions, even at slow speeds, can lead to serious or fatal injuries. These include:
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
- Disfiguring burns
- Internal organ damage
- Whiplash, sprains, strains, tendon and ligament damage
- Back or neck injuries
- Loss of life
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our Grand Junction car crash lawyers provide experienced representation to people who have been injured in a rideshare accident.
Every case is valued 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 rare cases, under Colorado Revised Statute CRS 13-21-102, punitive damages may be possible. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party, and 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.
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 – 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.
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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