If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a rideshare accident in Newark, NJ, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A Newark rideshare accident lawyer at Morelli Law Firm can investigate the details of your case, determine liability, and file a claim or lawsuit against the rideshare company on your behalf. Your initial consultation is always free.
Determining Fault in a Rideshare Accident
Determining fault after a rideshare accident is a large part of seeking compensation. Our lawyers will analyze the facts of the case, determine who is at fault, and name those individuals or entities in an insurance claim.
Generally, rideshare accidents can be caused by:
- Other drivers
- Government agencies
- Local businesses
- Your driver
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Maintenance technicians
While you may have an idea of what occurred during the accident, remember that our legal team must investigate the case thoroughly before filing a claim. Additionally, we ask that you not approach anyone involved in the case prior to a settlement meeting or court date.
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Unique Liability Issues for Ridesharing Drivers
Liability in the aftermath of a rideshare accident could lie with the driver, the company, or a third party. Remember, rideshare companies advertise that they offer insurance to protect drivers, but you cannot be sure if that protects you.
If a rideshare driver strikes you or your vehicle, their corporate insurance may help you recover compensation. However, there are times when other factors caused the accident, eliminating any liability on the part of the driver.
As a result, our legal team will research the insurance policies involved and determine liability. For example, Lyft covers $1,000,000 in auto liability, uninsured, and underinsured motorists. Uber’s insurance program claims to cover at least $1,000,000 but notes that coverage may vary by state.
Available Compensation for Ridesharing Accidents
Available compensation after a ridesharing accident depends on the severity of your injuries or losses. When we seek compensation, we will review all the facts of the case, coordinate with you, and submit a list of damages to be compensated that include:
Medical expenses are often the most troubling part of a rideshare accident. You simply wanted to get from one place to another, but you are now faced with medical debt. We will work with your doctor, review your medical records, or even call on expert witnesses to help determine how much a full recovery will cost.
Lost income must be recovered so that you can support yourself or your family. We will use your paychecks and tax records to determine how much money you should have made. Plus, we are willing to look into the lifetime earnings you will lose because you cannot continue on the same career path. If you are completely disabled, we will determine your lifetime earnings given your career trajectory, including bonuses, commissions, etc.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is a large part of any personal injury lawsuit. We will determine how much your physical pain has impacted your quality of life, and we will use that information to seek additional compensation.
Emotional turmoil can be challenging to put a value on. Our legal team will listen to your story and determine how much the accident has impacted your mental health.
Loss of Companionship
Loss of companionship speaks to how your social circle and relationships have changed. If you are not mobile, or if your family and friends have distanced themselves, you can seek compensation for this significant life change.
It is important to act quickly after a rideshare accident in Newark. You may have considered waiting to seek legal counsel until you have recovered. Unfortunately, you only have two years to file a personal injury case under NJ Rev Stat § 2A:14-2.
Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuits After a Ridesharing Accident in Newark
When you lose a loved one to a rideshare accident, we will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit benefits the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate, including:
- Dependent parents
- Dependent adult siblings
Additionally, we will work with the family to determine who may file the claim. We want to ensure that the estate is managed properly and you get the compensation your family needs to move forward.
NJ Rev Stat § 2A:31-3 imposes a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful deaths. Keep in mind, however, that you must file within two years of the date of death, not the precipitating incident.
Services Offered by a Newark Rideshare Accident Lawyer
A rideshare lawyer from our team is ready to help you manage the aftermath of the accident, seek compensation, and get back to your life. However, these cases can take some time to resolve. As a result, we offer a range of services to help you feel comfortable with the process.
We communicate openly with our clients to ensure they know what to expect during their cases. We will accept your calls or emails at any time, and we respond quickly to all communication.
Additionally, we are happy to speak on your behalf when third parties reach out to you regarding the accident. If your case goes to a settlement meeting, we will negotiate on your behalf.
We Explain Everything
We explain everything so that you know what is happening as the case unfolds. This is especially important when your case is complicated or taking longer than normal. There may be several defendants to consider or multiple layers of liability.
You can contact us with questions at any time, and we are happy to explain what we believe will happen next.
We support you until the case is resolved. This includes negotiating settlements and being prepared for trial if necessary.
Call for a Free Consultation
You can call (212) 751-9800 for a free consultation with the Morelli Law Firm. When you retain one of our Newark rideshare accident lawyers, you can focus on recovering while we manage all the legal work involved with the accident. With our support, you can get back to a normal life, support your family, and move on from the accident.