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Oregon Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have transformed how we travel, offering convenience at our fingertips. However, their rise in popularity has also seen a related increase in accidents. A study from the US National Bureau of Economic Research showed a 3% annual rise in fatal accidents linked to the increased use of rideshare services. While rideshare is an excellent option for those without access to a car or when it’s unsafe to drive, it also means more vehicles on the road, greater use of mobile phones for navigation, and more people involved in each accident. An Oregon rideshare accident lawyer can help you navigate these complexities and ensure that every aspect of your case is properly managed.

Why Choose Us?

At Senft Injury Advocates, we specialize in rideshare accident claims across Oregon. Rideshare accidents can be particularly daunting, as they often involve negotiating with large companies like Uber or Lyft in addition to dealing with insurance companies. We are here to make this process easier by handling all the complexities on your behalf. With over 30 years of experience, we are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each client and offer expertise, support, and personalized care in the aftermath of a rideshare accident.

Steps After An Oregon Rideshare Accident

If you’ve been involved in an Oregon 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, Oregon 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 Oregon Rideshare Accident Lawyer

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Our payment structure is based on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront fees for our clients. You will only incur a fee if we achieve a favorable result in your case. This model makes our legal assistance accessible to all, regardless of financial standing, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery without the stress of immediate legal expenses.

Whether you are a passenger, driver, or a third party affected by a rideshare accident, consulting with an Oregon rideshare accident lawyer is crucial due to the complexities of these cases. We bring invaluable expertise, help navigate multiple insurance policies, offer tailored legal advice based on Oregon’s specific laws, and ensure you maximize potential compensation.

In Oregon, you generally have two years from the date of the rideshare accident to file a claim. It’s particularly important to be aware of this timeline in rideshare cases, as multiple parties are involved, and the claims process may take longer. This statute of limitations underscores the importance of consulting with an Oregon rideshare accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure all legal actions are timely and to improve the chances of a favorable outcome.

The amount you can receive from a settlement involving a rideshare service depends on the specifics of the accident and the severity of your injuries. Settlement amounts can vary from a few thousand dollars for less severe injuries to hundreds of thousands of dollars for more serious, life-altering injuries. The compensation you may be entitled to includes both economic and non-economic damages:

  • Economic damages refer to measurable losses directly connected to the accident:
    • Medical Expenses: Covers all healthcare-related costs, including immediate treatment, ongoing care, and any anticipated future medical needs.
    • Lost Wages: Reimburses lost earnings due to time off work and compensates for future loss of earning capacity if your injuries affect your long-term work capabilities.
    • Property Damages: Pays for the repair or replacement of your vehicle and other damaged personal items.
  • Non-economic damages address losses that are not as easily quantifiable:
    • Pain and Suffering: Compensates for physical discomfort and emotional distress experienced by the accident.
    • Quality of Life Loss: Provides compensation if injuries from the accident lead to long-term disabilities or significant lifestyle changes.
    • Emotional Distress: Addresses psychological impacts such as stress, depression, and anxiety following the accident.

Each situation is unique, so the potential settlement can vary greatly. Consulting with a rideshare accident lawyer is recommended to get a detailed assessment based on the particulars of your case.

Yes, it is important to report the accident to the rideshare company immediately if you were involved in an accident as a passenger. Doing so is crucial for several reasons:

  • Safety and Policy Compliance: It helps the company monitor driver performance and adherence to safety protocols.
  • Insurance Claims: Reporting is essential for initiating insurance claims, as rideshare companies have specific policies that could cover damages during the accident.
  • Support and Guidance: The rideshare company can provide necessary steps to follow post-accident, which might include how to seek medical attention and deal with insurance claims.

Yes, passengers injured in a rideshare accident in Oregon can seek compensation. Initially, your claim would likely be filed against the rideshare driver’s personal insurance or the additional coverage provided by the rideshare company. If the rideshare driver’s actions directly caused the accident, their insurance is the first avenue for recovery. However, if another driver caused the accident, you might need to file a third-party claim against that driver’s insurance.

Potential compensation may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Identifying the responsible party—whether the rideshare driver, another involved driver, or the rideshare company—is crucial when filing a claim. Rideshare companies provide substantial insurance coverage that can be leveraged during the claim, especially if the rideshare app was active during the incident.

Yes, in Oregon, you can still claim compensation if you were partially at fault in a rideshare accident, due to the state’s modified comparative negligence rule. This rule allows you to recover damages as long as you are not more than 50% at fault for the accident. However, the amount of compensation you can receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

The determination of fault in rideshare accidents can be complex due to the involvement of multiple potentially liable parties, such as the rideshare company, the driver, other motorists, and even vehicle manufacturers. Each party could be responsible for contributing to the accident through various failures, such as inadequate driver training, vehicle maintenance issues, or faulty app functionality.

Determining liability in a rideshare accident can involve several potential parties, depending on the circumstances of the accident:

  • Rideshare Driver: Liable if the accident was caused by their negligence, such as speeding, distracted driving, or other traffic law violations.
  • Rideshare Company: Potentially liable for systemic failures like inadequate driver training, improper background checks, or failing to maintain safety standards.
  • Other Drivers: Liable if their reckless or negligent behavior contributed to the accident. For example, another driver running a red light or engaging in aggressive driving.
  • Vehicle Manufacturers: Responsible if a defect in the vehicle caused the accident. This could involve issues like brake failure or steering malfunctions.
  • Maintenance Providers: Could be held liable if poor maintenance was a factor in causing the accident, such as failing to replace worn brake pads.
  • Passenger in the Vehicle: Can be liable if their actions directly contributed to the accident, such as distracting the driver by yelling or engaging in disruptive behavior that took the driver’s attention away from the road.

While it’s not mandatory to hire a lawyer for a rideshare accident in Oregon, having legal representation can greatly benefit your case. Rideshare accidents often involve complex liability issues, especially when determining responsibility between the rideshare driver, other drivers involved, and the rideshare company. A skilled attorney experienced in handling rideshare accident cases can navigate these complexities, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your rights to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Additionally, a lawyer can provide invaluable guidance throughout the claims process, helping you understand your legal options and protecting your interests every step of the way.

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