If you are looking for an attorney to represent you after a rideshare accident, call Morelli Law Firm. We can provide you with an Englewood Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer to negotiate for fair compensation to put your life back together. Contact us at (212) 751-9800 for a free, no-obligation case assessment.
The Pros and Cons of Rideshare Services
Rideshare services have grown increasingly popular over the past decade. In 2019, the Pew Research Center reported that over one-third of all adults in the United States had used a ridesharing service. The convenience of services like Uber and Lyft is great for people who need low-cost transportation.
There is a downside, however: more ridesharing vehicles on the road means more chances for traffic accidents. These crashes can be devastating for both the passengers in the rideshare vehicle and the occupants of any other vehicle involved in the collision.
With that said, not all rideshare accidents are the rideshare driver’s fault. While there are certainly cases where the driver was distracted or made a poor decision, some accidents are caused by:
- A problem with the car: Any part of the vehicle (e.g., the brakes) malfunctioned at a crucial moment and caused or contributed to the accident.
- A problem with the roadway: Someone left a foreign object in the middle of the street, or an invisible slick spot caused the driver to lose control.
- A problem with the environment: Thick fog, heavy rain, or even the glare from oncoming headlights can all decrease visibility.
No matter who is responsible for your accident—and even if you are unsure of who the responsible party is—you may be able to sue for damages. Speak to us to find out for sure.
How to Know if You Qualify for Compensation
First, you must figure out if the statute of limitations has passed. The statute of limitations, found at New Jersey Statutes §2A:14-2a, gives accident victims two years from the date of the crash to begin their lawsuit. If it has been less than two years since your accident, you may still sue for compensation.
If you have any questions concerning your eligibility for damages, call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800. We will listen closely to your account of the accident and let you know if you have a valid case, all at no cost to you.
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“Damages” is the legal term for money that accident victims may collect in recompense for their accident injuries and the consequences of said injuries. Damages are generally divided into two main categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages include expenses that your injuries caused you to lose money after the accident. For example, you may qualify for economic damages if you:
- Lost income: You may not be able to do your job until your injuries heal (or heal just enough to allow you to get back to work).
- Lost your job: Your injuries are serious enough to prevent you from ever performing the same job duties as before.
- Had medical bills: This may refer to emergency care received right after the accident, follow-up care, or long-term care such as hiring a home nurse.
- Had funeral bills: Your loved one passed away from their accident injuries, and you covered their end-of-life expenses, including funeral arrangements.
Non-economic damages include anything that caused you physical or emotional pain after the accident. For example, you may qualify for non-economic damages if you experienced:
- Pain and suffering: Accidents can have a devastating impact on both your physical and emotional health.
- Disfigurement: Your injuries will never fully heal, leaving you to live with the scars.
- Disability: You lost one or more body parts, systems, functions, or senses because of your injuries.
- Loss of companionship: If your loved one passed away because of the crash, you can no longer turn to them for advice, affection, and so forth.
Let a Lawyer Be Your Ally
Accidents are often traumatic, life-changing events, and lawsuits can be time-consuming and complicated. You do not have to try to handle it all by yourself. An Englewood Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can take the pressure off by taking the lead on your lawsuit. While you concentrate on feeling better, they will:
- Collect supporting evidence: Police reports, medical records, photos of the scene, and more can help you make your case to the liable party’s insurance company.
- Help you calculate damages: If you are not sure how much money your injuries entitle you to, you can talk it over with your lawyer. They will assist you with completing and quantifying your list of damages.
- File paperwork: This may seem like a small thing, but correctly filling out and submitting forms is a crucial part of any lawsuit. Paperwork may include filing your lawsuit with the court and sending in evidence.
- Negotiate: The insurance company may not offer everything you are entitled to right away. Let your lawyer negotiate for a more equitable settlement.
- Go to court: If it becomes apparent that the only way to get your money is through a trial, we will not hesitate to do so.
- Keep in touch: You can depend on your lawyer to provide you with regular updates about significant developments in your case. Also, we can relay all messages from the liable party to you, and vice versa.
Morelli Law Firm has helped people just like you throughout New York and New Jersey, including Englewood, New Jersey. If you want to hire an Englewood Uber and Lyft rideshare accident lawyer, or if you want to ask us questions before making a decision, call us at (212) 751-9800. We would be happy to help you in any way we can, and we charge no fees unless and until you recover damages.