If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a ridesharing vehicle, such as an Uber or Lyft, then our Colorado Springs Ridesharing car accident attorneys can help you win a settlement for your damages.
If you were a passenger in a ridesharing vehicle, the driver likely broke their duty of care meaning you deserve to be compensated. While if you were the driver of another vehicle and were less than 50% at fault, then you legally have the right to file for compensation.
These cases are often complicated as you’ll be dealing with multiple parties, including the driver, ridesharing company and potentially other road users.
Our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers welcome you to receive a free consultation today.
Why Hire a Colorado Springs Ridesharing Car Accident Attorney?
Win The Maximum Possible Settlement
Insurance companies are for-profit and will do everything they can to minimize their expenses by paying you a pathetic offer.
You deserve better. You deserve a figure that covers the true value of your damages, including future expenses and loss of wages.
Our Colorado Springs ridesharing car accident attorneys know their tricks and will fight hard to negotiate the maximum possible settlement, so you can recover as best possible and put this nightmare behind you.
Managing Complicated Ridesharing Parties
Ridesharing car accidents are more complex than an average auto accident, as you’ll be up against huge companies with lawyers such as the insurance provider and Uber and Lyft.
These companies often shift the blame onto victims, alleging that they were at fault for the accident. Even innocent passengers can get denied or brushed aside.
We will handle these daunting companies on your behalf. From the paperwork to negotiations, you can focus on recovery while knowing your case is in the safest of hands.
Investigations and Resources
Proving who was at fault in a car accident requires proof in the form of concrete evidence. Our Colorado Springs Ridesharing Car Accident attorneys have extensive resources to collect evidence to support your case.
From obtaining CCTV and dashcam footage to hiring crash reconstruction experts you’ll have power on your side. Our resources and investigations will also work in proving the true value of your investigations; we can use financial and medical experts’ testimonies.
What Is a Ridesharing Company or ‘TNC’?
A ridesharing company is a service that provides customers with drivers of vehicles paid for by the ridesharing company. They have rapidly taken over the Colorado Springs transport market.
They are often referred to as ‘TNCs’ or ‘Transportation Network Companies’. This will be an important abbreviation to remember moving forward. Coming examples in Colorado Springs include Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.
How to File a Claim after a Ridesharing Car Accident in Colorado Springs
Usually, when you suffer an injury in a car accident in Colorado, you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. However, if you’ve been hit by (or injured as a passenger) a ridesharing car, such as Lyft or Uber, then things get more complicated.
How can you know which insurance company to claim against? The driver? The ridesharing company? These are common questions that our Colorado Springs Ridesharing Car Accident attorneys can answer.
Drivers for TNC contractors are typically categorized as ‘independent contractors, so you need to see which criteria your accident fits into. Typically, the following is true:
Ridesharing Driver Liability
- The rideshare driver caused the accident outside of their working hours, while not signed into the TNC app.
- The rideshare driver caused the accident while signed into the TNC app, but was not transporting a passenger (minimal coverage may be provided by the TNC, but only after the driver’s insurance policy has been used).
Rideshare Company (TNC) Liability
- The rideshare driver caused the accident while a passenger was in the car, or while they were en route to pick up a passenger.
- In this case, the TNC has a minimum $1 million liability insurance coverage to recover damages suffered by all parties.
What Insurance Coverage Must Ridesharing Services Have?
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), requires ridesharing companies or drivers to maintain a minimum of $1 million in primary liability insurance coverage.
When drivers are logged into the app, but not transporting passengers, they must have a minimum insurance coverage of:
- $50,000 per person
- $100,000 per accident
- $30,000 property damage
To prove that the rideshare driver was at-fault for your injuries, you must prove they were negligent.
Negligence is the failure to take proper care of something. In ride-sharing vehicle accidents, negligence covers a wide range of failures to show care; from speeding to poor road conditions.
To prove negligence, you must demonstrate:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- That person breached the duty of care.
- The breach resulted in your injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Ridesharing Car Accident Injury Claim in Colorado Springs?
- Colorado Springs’ statute of limitations law defines that personal injury claims for a motor vehicle accident can be made within 3 years from the date of the car accident.
- It’s advised to make your claim as soon as possible, to prevent delays causing you to miss the deadline.
When proving negligence in Colorado Springs ridesharing accidents, our personal injuries lawyers may use:
- Police reports
- CCTV footage
- Dashcam footage
- Speed camera data
- Crash reconstruction experts
- Financial experts
- Medical experts
- Maintenance reports
- Eye witness reports
- Other specialists
What Types of Damages Can I Recover for My Ridesharing Accident Injuries?
Every personal injury claim case is different, but our Colorado Springs ridesharing car accident attorneys will review if you can recover the following types of damages:
Damages with a monetary value attached.
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- In-Home Care Expenses
- Medical equipment costs
- Transportation expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Long-Term Disability
Common Types of Injuries in Ridesharing Car Accidents
Our Colorado Springs ridesharing car accident attorneys have successful experience with victims suffering:
- Back, shoulder, and neck injury
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Chest injury
- Crushing injury
- Eye injury
- Fractures and broken bones
- Head injury, including concussion
- Sprains and strains
- Scarring & Disfigurement
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
Hire a Colorado Springs Ridesharing Car Accident Attorney in Colorado Springs, CO
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a ridesharing car accident, our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers can help you win a settlement. We welcome you to contact us today for a free consultation.
Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas are award-winning Personal Injury Attorneys with vast experience, a proven track record, a strong reputation and impressive resources. We believe we provide the strongest chance of winning the maximum possible settlement to rebuild your life.