The growing popularity of ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft is a convenience for many people, but that convenience can’t come at the expense of safety. When ride-share drivers don’t exercise caution, people can be seriously hurt. The experienced car accident attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC know how to handle Uber and Lyft car accidents in Watertown.
We proudly represent both ride-share passengers injured in crashes and people who are hit by ride-share drivers. To make sense of the legal complexities surrounding your accident, contact us for a free remote consultation with an experienced lawyer.
The distinctive characteristic of a ride-share service as opposed to a traditional taxi service is that ride-share drivers use their privately owned vehicles instead of company-owned vehicles to transport passengers. This can make the liability situation complicated because most individual car insurance policies don’t cover “driving for profit.”
The ride-share companies themselves carry insurance, but whether that insurance is applicable to a given accident varies. It’s important to establish what the ride-share driver’s status was at the time of the crash: was he or she using the Uber or Lyft app but not actively taking a fare, driving to pick up a passenger, or transporting a passenger to their destination? These are legally significant questions with answers that can dramatically affect the outcome of your claim. That’s why you need a seasoned Watertown rideshare accident attorney’s assistance as soon as possible.
Given how complex the insurance situation surrounding Uber and Lyft car accidents in Watertown can be, it’s critical that you contact us right away before you say anything to the insurance company. We’ll listen to your story, answer your questions and help you understand your legal options. Then, we’ll contact the insurance company and inform them that all further communications can go through us, allowing us to protect your interests while you just focus on getting better.
We’ll thoroughly investigate your accident and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, keeping you informed every step of the way. While we’re often able to settle these claims out of court, we’re always prepared to go to trial, including honing our strategies in our in-house courtroom. We understand that it’s not just a case; it’s your life.
Remember, you need to speak with a Watertown attorney as soon as possible to maximize your chance of a positive outcome. Over time, evidence will disappear, and important legal deadlines will expire. Contact us today to schedule your free remote consultation with a well-practiced attorney.