If You’ve Been Hurt in a Rideshare Accident
As rideshare operations have become increasingly ubiquitous, the rate of rideshare accidents has—predictably—skyrocketed. As a result, more and more Americans are now compelled to navigate the financial and legal aftermath of rideshare accidents.
If you’ve recently been injured in a rideshare accident—either while driving rideshare or riding along in one—you may be entitled to significant compensation as a result of these injuries. As rideshare accident cases tend to be very complex due to all the players and insurance policies involved, you’ll want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who handles rideshare cases about any and all opportunities for legal recourse that may be available to you at this time.
If Your Accident Was Work-Related
If you—while driving or riding along—were engaged in work-related activities at the time of your crash, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as a result of your harm. To qualify for workers’ compensation coverage, Americans, immigrants, and migrants must generally be classified as full-time or part-time employees. Independent contractors, workers at unusually small companies, and some specialty industry workers are exempt from coverage requirements. Note that some independent contractors who do the work of employees are entitled to coverage, so you’ll want to speak with an attorney if you believe that you’ve been misclassified as an independent contractor.
The workers’ compensation claims process is very time-sensitive, so if you are or might be entitled to these benefits, you’ll want to work with a lawyer quickly to preserve your right to be awarded this compensation.
Personal Injury Lawsuits – Do You Have Grounds Upon Which to File One?
If you’re eligible for workers’ comp coverage, you won’t be able to sue your employer directly as a result of your accident. However, as an experienced personal injury lawyer – including those who practice at the Morales Law Firm – can confirm, you should be able to sue virtually any other negligent, reckless, or intentionally harmful party for their role in your accident. Essentially, injury victims are empowered to file potentially successful personal injury lawsuits provided that a negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous party directly contributed to the cause of their injuries.
If you were 100 percent at fault for your crash, you can’t hold anyone else responsible for your harm in a personal injury lawsuit scenario. However, you may be able to sue if you were only partially responsible for your harm.