Each year, many people are injured as a result of negligence of rideshare companies’ drivers, such as Uber, Lyft, Via and Sidecar. Obtaining fair compensation in those cases is often very difficult. If you were injured in an accident involving an Uber driver, the company will contact you right away and try to get a recorded statement from you. It’s very important that you do not agree to that, save the receipt for your trip and contact a law firm experienced in handling car accident cases involving rideshare companies.
The rising popularity of rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, Via, and Sidecar has caused a dramatic decrease in DUI-related deaths by offering residents of Chicago and other US cities a convenient and often cost-effective alternative to driving home after consuming alcohol at a party, or in a bar or a restaurant. According to FBI the number of DUIs – depending on a city measured – has decreased by 15% to 62% annually.
However, it is important to remember that when we call Uber or another rideshare service, we expect a professional behavior and safe driving from our driver. By getting into a car driven by another person, we effectively put our lives and well-being in their hands. Unfortunately, oftentimes a rideshare driver drives in an unsafe manner, disobeys the rules of the road, uses excessive speed, and drives while distracted by talking on the phone, using GPS navigation, or sometimes even texting.
Moreover, most rideshare apps, such as rideshare Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar – to name just a few – have avoided the responsibility of properly screening their drivers due to the fact that they hire independent contractors. Since the rideshare drivers are not employees of the company, they sometimes drive without proper training or sufficient insurance.
As a result, each year many Uber and Lyft passengers get seriously injured in accidents through no fault of their own. Complex insurance schemes, Uber’s limitations in passenger coverage, combined with insurance companies’ unwillingness to pay out large amounts to victims of car accidents involving ridesharing services, leaves Uber’s injured clients in a very difficult situation. Without retaining the services of a car accident injury law firm that has dealt with Uber and Lyft auto accidents, victims have small chances of obtaining proper monetary damages for their injuries and medical costs.
Why Hire a Chicago Uber Accident Lawyer?
Hiring the experienced Chicago rideshare accident attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group drastically increases your odds of obtaining fair compensation, which may also include the opportunity cost of the lost wages you were not paid out due to the time spent in hospital and on sick leave.
The negligence of a rideshare driver can cost victims their health, their jobs, their livelihoods or even their very lives. At The Horwitz Law Group, we promptly and thoroughly investigate all auto accidents and collisions in order to determine fault and assess liability. Our skilled and experienced attorneys work with injured individuals and their families to help them secure fair and full compensation for their injuries.
Settlement or Litigation?
The Horwitz Law Group has successfully handled numerous personal injury cases involving rideshare companies. We offer high quality representation when you obtain experienced, reliable advocacy to people injured by rideshare drivers, both rideshare customers and other people injured in the accident. We are often willing to reach a fair settlement at a negotiating table with a rideshare service such as Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft or an insurance company. We are a personal injury and car accident litigation firm with experienced attorneys. We have a successful track record of winning difficult cases in the Court of Law, so if a sufficient compensation cannot be reached through mediation, we are not afraid to take the case before a judge and fight for your right to a fair compensation.
Contact Chicago Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar Accident Law Firm
If you, a family member or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, or any other rideshare company driver, please call us at 312-641-9200 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago rideshare accident lawyers.