Ride-sharing applications like Uber and Lyft seem like they’ve been around for a long time, but they’re actually pretty new. When you get into an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver, it may be frightening to find out that they can make mistakes and act badly just like everyone else.
Most importantly, though, you need to know what legal choices you have after an Uber or Lyft accident (or any other accident, for that matter). If you got hurt in a taxi accident and the taxi driver was to blame or acted carelessly, you have many ways to get compensation from the driver.
Damages You Can Re-cover From Uber or Lyft Accident
When you’ve been hurt in an Uber or Lyft accident, it’s normal to wonder how much your case might be worth. You can get compensation recovered if you file a claim with your insurance company and go to court.
Even though getting paid for your injuries won’t change what you’ve been going through, it could make it easier for you to get through these hard times financially. So that all damages are taken into account, your attorney will need to put your losses into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic Losses – Economic damages are a victim’s monetary losses because of an accident, including losses that are expected to happen in the future.
The most commonly considered categories of losses recoverable after an Uber or Lyft accident are economic damages.
Included are all of your monetary-based losses, such as:
- Lack of home services
- Increased insurance premiums incur expenses
- Vehicle maintenance or replacement expenses
In the case of fatal car crashes, family members who lost a loved one may also be able to get money for their loss. Some family members can file a lawsuit for wrongful death if:
- Costs of a funeral and burial
- Help with the dead person’s money
- Losses or benefits are given by the decedent
- Domestic services the deceased would have provided if they were still alive
Non-Economic Losses – Non-economic damages are settlements for personal, non-monetary losses. But you can get more than just money back when you file a claim for an Uber or Lyft crash. Non-economic losses don’t have an economic worth. They can have different effects on each person’s life, so they can have an extensive variety of values.
Your lawyer will go over all of your non-economic losses in detail to make sure that each one is taken into account the right way. Some of the most common non-financial losses you might get in an Uber or Lyft accident claim are:
- Loss of closeness and affection
- Lack of assistance and guidance
- Troubled emotions
- Pain and trouble
- Reputational hurt
- Scars and anomalies on the skin
Punitive Losses – Punitive losses are damages that are given to punish bad behavior or actions that were done on purpose or were done out of hatred. Many people who have been hurt wonder if they could get punitive damages instead of the payout. Under California Civil Code 3294, punitive damages are only provided when the judge thinks it is important to punish the person who did something wrong. The person accused can only be punished if their actions were extremely reckless, harmful, or offensive.
Claim Damages From Uber Or Lyft Accidents
First, seek medical attention after an Uber accident. Consult a skilled Uber or Lyft Accident Lawyer. Garcia & Phan has competent personal injury attorneys. Call for a free evaluation at (714)-586-8298