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Ohio Rideshare Accident Lawyers

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, have completed more than 11 billion trips worldwide since 2010. In the realm of modern transportation, rideshare services have become a part of our daily routines. However, alongside the convenience they offer, rideshare accidents have become an unfortunate reality, leaving victims traumatized and uncertain about their next steps.

Ohio has specific regulations and legal procedures that govern rideshare accidents, and being familiar with these laws can make the difference between receiving a quick, small settlement and obtaining a maximum payout. An experienced Ohio rideshare accident lawyer will have an in-depth knowledge of these laws and how they apply to your situation. They can use this expertise to navigate the legal process effectively, advocate for your rights, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Us?

When you choose Senft Injury Advocates, you’re not just getting legal representation – you’re gaining a committed partner dedicated to your well-being. Our team of Ohio rideshare accident lawyers understands how to navigate the complexities of these cases. We handle all aspects of your legal journey, from investigating the accident to representing you in court. Even if you’re uncertain about the eligibility of your specific rideshare accident case for compensation, give us a quick call to consult your case for free.

Steps After An Ohio Rideshare Accident

If you’ve been involved in an Ohio rideshare accident, taking the right steps immediately afterward can significantly impact the outcome of any potential legal case.

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Ensure Health & Safety

Move to a safe location if you can. Moreover, assess yourself and others for injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is needed.  Even if you feel fine, some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

Report The Rideshare Accident

Contact law enforcement to file a report. Depending on the severity of injuries and property damage, Ohio may legally require you to report the accident.

Gather Information

Swap contact and insurance details with the other involved parties. Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, damages, and any relevant road conditions or signs.

Consult An Ohio Ridehsare Accident Lawyer

Before settling with insurance companies, consulting with an Ohio rideshare accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

For an Ohio rideshare accident case, hiring a lawyer from Senft Injury Advocates comes at no upfront cost to you. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning our payment is contingent upon winning your case. This fee structure also allows you access to legal representation without financial risk, making it easier to pursue justice and compensation.

The most common causes of rideshare accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving: This is one of the top causes of rideshare accidents. Rideshare drivers often use navigation apps and need to monitor their app for passenger updates, which can divert their attention from the road. Engaging with passengers or handling personal phone calls and texts while driving also contributes to distractions​.
  • Speeding: Rideshare drivers may speed to complete rides quickly and pick up more passengers, especially during busy times. This can lead to losing control of the vehicle or not having enough time to react to road conditions or actions of other drivers​.
  • Unfamiliar Areas: Rideshare drivers often travel in areas they are not familiar with, relying heavily on GPS navigation. This can lead to unsafe driving maneuvers like sudden turns or stops, which increase the risk of accidents​.
  • Driver Fatigue: Many rideshare drivers work long hours or juggle multiple jobs, leading to fatigue. Driving while tired can impair reaction times and decision-making, similar to the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol​.
  • Lack of Professional Training: Unlike professional taxi or bus drivers, rideshare drivers are not required to undergo formal driving training, which may contribute to accidents due to inadequate driving skills or unawareness of safer driving practices​.

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, typically have insurance coverage that would take care of the accident. The coverage provided depends on several factors:

  • Driver Logged into Rideshare App without a Passenger: If the rideshare driver is logged into the app but hasn’t accepted a ride request, both Uber and Lyft provide contingent liability coverage. This coverage typically kicks in if the driver’s own insurance is insufficient. The coverage limits can vary, with Uber providing up to $50,000 per person for injuries, $100,000 total per accident, and $25,000 for property damage.
  • Driver En Route to or Transporting a Passenger: Once a rideshare driver accepts a ride request or has passengers in the vehicle, both Uber and Lyft significantly increase their insurance coverage. During these times, they provide up to $1 million in liability coverage, which covers injuries and damages resulting from an accident that the rideshare driver causes.
  • Accidents Caused by Another Driver or External Factors: If another driver or a different external factor causes the accident, that driver’s insurance is typically the first source for compensation. However, rideshare companies also provide uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to handle cases where the at-fault party lacks sufficient insurance.
  • Driver Not Logged into Rideshare App: If the rideshare app is off, the driver’s personal auto insurance is the primary coverage, and rideshare company coverages do not apply.

Filing a claim with Uber’s insurance after an accident involves several steps to ensure you handle everything correctly:

  • Report the Accident: You can report the accident directly through the Uber app. This starts the process and is the most straightforward way to notify Uber of the incident.
  • Complete a Crash Report: Uber will prompt you to fill out a crash report form when you contact them. This form is critical as it captures all the necessary details about the accident. Once Uber receives your crash report, they will notify the appropriate insurance carriers about the incident.
  • Insurance Investigation: After the claim is reported, the insurance carriers will contact you. This usually happens within 2-3 business days from the time you file the crash report. During this time, it’s advised to gather any additional information that might support your claim, such as your personal auto insurance declarations page, which might be relevant depending on the specifics of the incident.
  • File the Claim: For any injuries or damages that occur as a result of the Uber accident, you can file a claim using an online form provided in the Uber Driver app. This will also be necessary if you’re dealing with third-party incidents where another driver or a pedestrian was involved and you need to engage with their insurance.

After submitting your claim, you’ll receive a confirmation email which includes your claim number and the claim adjuster’s contact details. It’s important to keep in touch with the adjuster to ensure your claim is processed efficiently and to provide any additional documents needed for your claim. A rideshare accident lawyer can guide you through this process.

Compensation in a rideshare accident case may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and punitive damages. The specific types of compensation depend on the details of your case and whether you can prove liability. However, the compensation can be reduced if you are deemed partially at fault for the accident. Ohio follows a comparative negligence rule, which means your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.

A rideshare accident lawyer possesses the expertise and experience necessary to manage all legal facets of your case. This includes conducting a thorough investigation to gather evidence, such as witness testimonies, accident reports, and medical records. They skillfully negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses. Additionally, they determine liability by analyzing factors such as driver negligence, vehicle defects, and road conditions, leveraging their understanding of Ohio’s state laws governing rideshare accidents.

What distinguishes Senft Injury Advocates is our unwavering commitment to every case, coupled with our extensive experience and in-depth comprehension of rideshare accident laws in Ohio. With our team located across the state, we provide exceptional support and insights tailored to your unique rideshare accident. Let us be your trusted ally in seeking the compensation you deserve for your rideshare accident case in Ohio.

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