Uber Accident Lawyer in Louisiana
Sliding into an Uber offers no guarantees. While Uber drivers may undergo a screening process that ensures that they have a license in good standing and do not have a substantial accident history, drivers do not receive specialized training to help them deal with the hazards that they may face on the road. Uber drivers have the same skills as any other driver, which means that a wreck can occur with little to no warning.
Did you suffer serious injuries in an Uber wreck? If so, contact Gordon McKernan today for a free consultation concerning your legal right to compensation after a Louisiana Uber wreck. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys are happy to discuss your case and eligibility to receive compensation.
Common Louisiana Uber Accident Injuries
Uber wrecks can cause a wide range of injuries, including most of those common to auto accidents.
Victims may suffer from:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Limb amputation
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Severe burns
These injuries can cause many problems for victims of severe Uber wrecks. Injured individuals may struggle to go back to work after the accident, especially if they have severe injuries that require a long recovery. Other victims may struggle with self-care tasks or participating in the activities they usually enjoy, especially highly active pursuits.
Who Bears Liability for an Uber Accident in Louisiana?
Liability in an Uber wreck can have the same potential challenges and implications as a liability in any other type of accident. Uber drivers carry higher coverage than average Louisiana drivers, which can provide additional compensation for your injuries. When determining who bears liability for an Uber accident, your attorney will consider the following.
Which Driver Caused the Wreck?
In Uber accidents, as in any auto accident, either driver may bear liability for the wreck. A distracted driver, including one eating and drinking behind the wheel, checking a GPS, or who may have chosen to ignore the rules of the road by drinking and driving, may bear liability for the accident and for any injuries sustained during that wreck.
Did Outside Factors Contribute to the Accident?
After an Uber accident, your attorney will still evaluate whether any other factors contributed to the accident, including a mechanical error in either vehicle. Anything from a tire blowout to brake failure or engine problems can contribute to a serious accident.
A mechanical failure that causes a wreck can shift the balance of the liability. For example, if a manufacturer’s defect causes the accident, the manufacturer may bear liability. If a mechanic certifies a vehicle is road-worthy but fails to repair it properly, the mechanic may assume liability for the accident. On the other hand, if a mechanical failure occurs due to the driver’s failure to take care of needed maintenance on the vehicle, the driver may bear personal liability for the wreck.
An attorney will evaluate what factors contributed to the wreck and who may share liability, including whether the other driver worked at the time of the accident and if that driver’s employer may share liability for the accident.
Claiming Compensation After a Louisiana Uber Accident
After a Louisiana Uber accident, your bills may pile up fast. Just how much compensation can you receive for injuries suffered in an Uber wreck? It may depend on the extent of your injuries. The liable party in your accident may also limit the compensation you can pursue through that party’s insurance company.
Your Medical Expenses
Your attorney will guide you in submitting your Louisiana Uber accident claim, including how to calculate all medical expenses associated with your accident.
Keep track of all medical bills related to your accident, including:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Ambulance transport
- Surgeries and procedures to treat your injuries
- Durable medical equipment, if needed to aid in accessibility after your wreck
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Psychological therapy related to your injuries
You may also want to include related expenses associated with your injuries. Talk to your attorney about whether you can include the cost of modifications to your home, including widening doorways or installing wheelchair ramps following a spinal cord injury that ends with you in a wheelchair, for example.
The Income You Lose Due to Your Injuries and Recovery
Not only do many auto accidents, including Uber wrecks, result in high medical expenses, they can also result in an inability to work following your accident. If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, you might struggle with the focus and concentration needed to sit behind a computer screen. Simultaneously, if you have serious broken bones, it could make it very difficult for you to complete the responsibilities associated with a manual labor position.
An attorney can help you determine how to calculate all wages lost due to your injuries. You may have the right to include sick time or decreased income due to long-term disability payments. You may also include all of the time lost due to your injuries—not just time lost after the accident, but also time missed at work because you needed to leave for physical therapy or to have follow-up appointments and procedures. You may also have the right to include compensation for time missed because your injuries prevent you from working full-time.
Compensation for Your Pain and Suffering
In addition to compensation for the tangible expenses you suffered due to your accident, you may also have the right to claim compensation for the pain and suffering associated with the accident. Talk to an attorney to better understand how to calculate pain and suffering related to your Louisiana Uber wreck. Your attorney may advise you to consider factors like lost social relationships, lost enjoyment in life, or the loss of activities you wanted to, but couldn’t, engage in due to your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Louisiana Uber Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffered serious injuries in an Uber accident, do not wait. Contact Gordon McKernan today at 888.501.7888 or write to us online to learn more about your right to compensation—and about our caring approach to helping people just like you.
Louisiana Uber Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about your legal rights or how to seek compensation following an Uber accident? Please look at these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from clients. If you have additional questions or questions that pertain to your claim specifically, contact Gordon McKernan to learn more about your legal rights.
If I Have an Accident in an Uber Vehicle, but the Louisiana Uber Driver Does Not Bear Liability for the Wreck, Can I Still Seek Compensation?
Can I File a Claim Against Uber Directly?
Do I Really Need a Lawyer to File a Louisiana Uber Wreck Claim?
Should I Accept a Settlement Offer Made by Uber’s Insurance Company?
How Long Do I Have to File a Louisiana Uber Wreck Claim?
When Should I Contact an Attorney Concerning My Louisiana Uber Accident Claim?
How Long Does It Take to Settle an Uber Accident Claim in Louisiana?
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