Need an Injury Attorney for an Uber/Ridesharing Accident in Vermont?
In the past few years, Uber and other ridesharing companies have soared in popularity. In Vermont, individuals use the driving service because they don’t want to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. The reason for using a ridesharing service could be anything from the consumption of alcohol to having the ease of transportation. However, everything comes with a risk. All drivers are at risk for accidents on the road. Ridesharing drivers, whether driving part-time or full-time, face a set of challenges as they often choose to work late nights, long hours, and drives to unfamiliar areas with the added pressures of satisfying the customers in a timely fashion. In Vermont, ridesharing is one of the most convenient ways to get around. If you have been in an accident, it is important to know your rights.
Uber and other ridesharing companies are growing in popularity especially in heavily populated cities where many accidents occur on a daily basis. Despite safety concerns people may have, Uber and ridesharing services make the streets safer. A study was done to determine the effects of Uber on auto-related accidents. The study found that ridesharing services have a decrease in fatal accidents. It has also decreased the number of people getting behind the wheel intoxicated.
Be aware of the rideshare you use before you share a ride because the transportation networking company’s insurance policy operates differently than traditionally licensed cabs and limousine services.
If you are a passenger in a ridesharing service at the time of the accident and your driver is at fault, you are covered under a $1 million liability policy. If you have injuries and need to file a lawsuit for compensation, you would sue the driver who was at fault, and not the ridesharing company. Being in a ridesharing accident can be complicated because each state has their own law and the ridesharing company could be sued if it fails to preserve all evidence related to your ride. If you are not a passenger in the car but were injured in a ridesharing accident, you need to make your claim towards the driver and not the ridesharing company.
What to do After a Rideshare Accident?
Most importantly, your first priority is to ensure your own safety, check yourself for injuries, and seek medical attention if needed. You should then document the accident and gather as much evidence as possible. After, you should speak to an attorney right away because if you were injured, you do not want to delay.
If you were in a ridesharing service and have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional and physical trauma. You may also be able to make a claim against the driver. NeedanInjuryVermont can help lessen the burden on you and fight for the compensation you deserve from your rideshare accident.