A North Carolina rideshare accident attorney can help individuals who have been injured or harmed as a result of an accident involving a rideshare driver or their vehicle. Rideshare companies are popular for convenience and affordability, however, lawsuits allege that some drivers were negligent in accidents involving rideshare drivers. People who have been injured in accidents involving a rideshare automobile could be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a North Carolina rideshare accident lawyer.
For more information, contact the Attorney Group for North Carolina today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated North Carolina rideshare accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Ridesharing?
Also known as carpooling, ridesharing is the practice of sharing a vehicle to reduce the amount vehicle trips as well as automobile emissions. Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber have taken the practice of ridesharing and combined it with the use of smartphone applications. While not exactly like traditional carpooling or ridesharing, Lyft and Uber have been able to capitalize on smartphone technology to create an easy, often affordable way to travel around town.
The legality of rideshare companies (also known as transportation networking services) has been contested in many cities across the U.S., and in some cases, the service has been put on hold or discontinued until a compromise can be reached between city officials and the rideshare operators. In many places, taxi cab companies and unions have spoken out against the transportation networking services, claiming that those entities do face the sort of regulation imposed on traditional taxicab services.
Rideshare Lawsuit Claims
A Lyft accident lawyer notes that the mother and boyfriend of a Lyft passenger who was killed in a car accident in 2014 are now seeking damages from the company, claiming that its driver’s negligence caused the accident. According to the The San Francisco Chronicle, the accident occurred during inclement weather, when the Lyft driver swerved to avoid another car and lost control of his own vehicle. The Lyft car crashed into two trees, fatally wounding one passenger and leaving the other with serious injuries.
According to the report, authorities have already concluded that the Lyft driver was at fault. Despite the rainy weather, he was reportedly traveling above the posted speed limit just before the crash occurred and has a history of speeding and has been cited for this violation at least once before. Unfortunately, although Lyft has not denied liability, it hasn’t yet offered compensation to the victim’s surviving loved ones.
Car Accident Injuries
People who are involved in car accidents may face a number of potential injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Internal bleeding
In addition to passengers and drivers, pedestrians who are involved in car accidents may have damages to their limbs as well as other injuries. Likewise, people may also suffer from emotional and psychological distress, possibly leading to post-traumatic stress disorder, and loss of a loved one.
How a North Carolina Rideshare Accident Attorney Can Help
Rideshare companies and their drivers have a duty to provide a safe environment for its passengers, drivers, other commuters, and pedestrians. If there are risks of harm associated with rideshare company drivers, the company must also provide adequate warnings and safeguards. If a driver fails to fulfill this duty, they, as well as the company, could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured as a result of a car accident involving a rideshare car through no fault of their own may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died in car accidents may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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