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Can I Sue After Being Hit by a Rideshare Driver as a Pedestrian?

Can I Sue After Being Hit by a Rideshare Driver as a Pedestrian?

One moment, you’re crossing the street, taking care to follow pedestrian laws. The next, you’ve been hit by a careless driver, and you’re hurt. You need compensation to recover, but the driver was a rideshare driver. So, what can you do about your injuries? 

Fortunately, you'll have the option to seek compensation after you're hurt by a careless driver. However, because they work for a company like Uber or Lyft, it can be tough to file a claim without experienced and knowledgeable help. Make sure you know what to expect before you sue a rideshare driver. 

Who's at Fault in a Rideshare Accident? 

One of your first steps is establishing fault. As a pedestrian, you'll need to show you were obeying all traffic laws or your compensation could be affected. For example, if you crossed the street before the light changed and were hit by a car, the judge may rule that you were partly at fault and dismiss your claim. 

Once you've shown the driver was at fault, you'll need to find where your compensation will come from. Although they are a rideshare driver, the company itself may not list them as an employee. Because of this, you may not be able to sue Uber or Lyft unless they had some part in allowing the accident to happen. 

Fortunately, although you may not be able to file a claim against the company, the driver should carry insurance that covers your losses. When a rideshare driver causes an accident, injured parties may be insured up to $1 million. That can make your recovery easier. 

Seeking a Full Settlement as a Pedestrian

Although you should have the opportunity to settle for the full amount your claim is worth, you might struggle to calculate how much that claim is worth. You're facing severe injuries and suffering the effects of those injuries in other parts of your life. You'll need a full settlement that covers all of these. 

An attorney can help you find the full worth of your claim and what your losses are worth. For example, your lawyer can help you find the worth of any of the following losses, among others: 

  • Medical bills 

  • Lost wages

  • Pain and suffering

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

  • Loss of earning capacity

Contact an Alabama Rideshare Accident Lawyer

When you're hurt by a careless rideshare driver, it can be difficult to get the compensation you deserve. You may need help juggling the steps of your lawsuit as well as making time for your recovery. That can be difficult to do without help.

Fortunately, you don't have to act without help. Instead, you can seek out a lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm to guide your case. Starting with a free consultation, we can review the details of your accident and help you seek out the full settlement you deserve. 

When you're ready to seek out your compensation, reach out to an Alabama car accident lawyer by calling 205-995-2412 or by visiting us online for more information. 

About the Author:

Henry C. Dailey Law Firm, P.C.

Henry C. Dailey, our firm’s founder, is a native son of Alabama. He was born, raised, and educated here, giving him an unparalleled commitment to his fellow Alabamians. As his education and career have both been spent in the Yellowhammer State, Henry has an in intimate, in-depth knowledge of how personal injury law and the local court systems work in Alabama.Car AccidentsTruck AccidentsMotorcycle AccidentsPersonal InjuryTruck Wrecks... View full business profile here: Henry C. Dailey Law Firm, P.C.

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