If you were recently in a Baltimore car accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to pursue compensation if you were:
- The passenger inside the rideshare vehicle
- A driver or passenger inside of another vehicle that was hit by the Uber/Lyft driver
- A pedestrian or bicyclist who was hit by the Uber/Lyft driver
Our legal team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can review your case and identify whether you have grounds to pursue compensation against a driver, the rideshare company, or another liable party. Our personal injury team can help you build your case and have one of our lawyers represent you in Maryland.
We Can Help You Identify Who May Be Held Liable for Your Rideshare Accident
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have become a staple of transportation in metropolitan cities like Baltimore, Maryland.
However, since their introduction to the regular traffic on the road, Uber and Lyft drivers have gotten into accidents, which forced states across the nation to evaluate how liable they are for victims’ injuries and damages.
Liability is Based on App Engagement and Other Factors
When an Uber or Lyft driver is involved in a vehicle accident, one of the first questions that will need to be answered is: were they logged in and engaging with the rideshare app at the time of the collision?
Knowing whether the driver was working at the time of the collision will determine whether Uber or Lyft may be considered vicariously liable for their actions. As it stands, the general rule for when Uber and Lyft steps in to cover damages in accidents is:
- If the driver was logged out of the app: The rideshare driver will have to use their own auto insurance to cover damages.
- If the driver was logged into the app and waiting for a ride request: The rideshare company may cover damages if the driver’s own auto insurance does not cover them.
- If the driver was logged into the app and giving a passenger a ride or picking them up: The rideshare company will cover damages based on state-mandated policy limits.
However, our team may also investigate other factors in your case to determine whether other parties might have contributed to the cause of the accident. If so, we may suggest taking additional action against them. Some examples of other potentially liable parties include:
- Manufacturers, if faulty parts or vehicle design caused the accident
- Maintenance workers or companies, if improper or lack of maintenance caused a vehicle malfunction
- A municipality, if the city of Baltimore or another ruling area neglected to upkeep proper road conditions
- A third party, if another driver contributed to the accident besides the rideshare driver
How Contributory Negligence Might Affect Your Case
In Maryland, plaintiffs who are found partially negligent in any degree (even one percent of fault) may be barred from collecting damages due to the state’s contributory negligence law, according to the American Bar Association (ABA).
If you were a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, the company would have strict liability due to the fact that they were providing you a service. However, if you were a driver in a separate vehicle,a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, our team may have to consider arguments the opposing team might make against you. We can explain these strategies to you when building your case.
For legal consultation with a uber and lyft rideshare accidents attorney in Baltimore, call (410)886-6215
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Multiple Kinds of Damages
Depending on your losses, you may be able to seek a financial recovery for the following:
- Medical costs: This category includes costs for emergency treatment, ambulance rides, surgeries, hospitalization and overnight stays, doctor’s appointments, diagnostic tests, and various other medical care services.
- Property damage: If your vehicle, bicycle, or other property was damaged in the accident, we can account for the costs to fix your property or replace it if it was destroyed beyond repair.
- Income loss: If you were forced to take sick days or even unpaid time off work because of your injuries, we can calculate those wages and demand compensation for them. If you are still recovering from your injuries or the damage from them is long-term or permanent, we can also calculate future income you might lose.
- Pain and suffering: Some damages do not have a monetary figure attached to them since they are individually felt by people. “Pain and suffering” includes physical pain (like muscle pain) and emotional pain you might feel because of your injuries, the stress of the accident, and significant changes in your life. Our team can help you assign a value to this type of damage.
These are only a few examples of damages you might pursue, not factoring in losses related to living with a permanent disability or changes in your relationships. Our team can review your case to begin categorizing your damages, then help you outline a compensation goal to pursue.
If you lost a loved one in an Uber or Lyft accident, we may also suggest pursuing damages related to their death, such as funeral expenses or loss of financial support.
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A Lawyer from Our Team Serving Baltimore Can Help You Build Your Case
After getting into an Uber or Lyft accident, building a personal injury case might seem overwhelming. Our team can take on the task to manage your case and offer to:
- Identify the liable party or parties in your case
- Retrieve evidence on your behalf, such as the crash report or medical records
- Handle communications with interested parties, such as insurance companies
- Submit case paperwork on your behalf
- Negotiate a potential settlement on your behalf
- Present your case in court if need be
Once you become our client, we will also provide you a unique texting number so that you can reach us anytime, any day. Also, if you have yet to receive medical treatment, we can refer you to a medical provider we know and trust.
You Must Submit Your Case in Accordance with the Statute of Limitations
In Maryland, Uber and Lyft rideshare accident cases fall under personal injury law, which means they must adhere to the statutory deadline as defined under Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101. Under this statute, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to take civil action.
If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, however, the deadline varies slightly. Per Md. Cts. Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904, you generally have three years from the date of the victim’s death to file your case.
Our team can notify you when your case’s filing deadline is approaching and take appropriate action.
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Let Our Team Review Your Uber or Lyft Accident Case – for Free
If you or a loved one suffered injuries, property damage, and other losses after being in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident in Baltimore, connect with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow.
Our legal team offers free case reviews, which you can get when you call us at (410) 877-6021. A representative of our firm is ready to speak with you today.