When you sit in the back of a taxi or Uber, you expect the driver to follow the road rules and make your safety a priority until you get to your destination. Yet accidents still happen in cabs and rideshares, leaving passengers with injuries and emotional trauma. Contact an Olive Branch Uber/taxi accident lawyer to discuss your case and what damages you could be entitled to, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Any vehicle collision is a shock, especially when you are not the one driving and might not be paying attention to what is going on around you. Experienced personal injury attorney David E. Gordon has practiced with these types of auto accident cases and could help you understand which insurance company you need to contact so that you will be covered for your injuries.
How Does an Attorney Determine Fault in a Vehicle Accident?
According to the Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles and Mississippi Code 1972 Annotated § 63-3-411, the police department must legally receive notification of a vehicle collision if the crash involved the injury or death of one or more individuals. It is important to get a police report as it could provide evidence for the subsequent legal claim. A report could prove that the individual is at fault for the accident and can be held liable to pay for damages through their insurance.
Liability Coverage for Taxi & Uber Drivers in Olive Branch
When the driver of a taxi or Uber causes an accident, the company they work for pays for the collision under the respective liability insurance policies. In the case of Uber, the company is insured up to one million dollars for property damage and personal injuries per accident. Passengers are subsequently protected under liability coverage if their driver caused the accident.
If the driver of the taxi or Uber did not cause the crash, the at-fault party pays for the damages. For example, a driver who rear-ends an Uber driver and injures the passengers would pay for damages through their insurance company. The plaintiffs and their Olive Branch representative would therefore not file collision claims with the rideshare or taxi company.
What Damages Can Plaintiffs Recover in an Uber or Taxi Collision?
A person injured in a taxi or Uber car crash can potentially claim a variety of damages, both economic and non-economic with the help of a legal advisor in their area, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Property damage, such as to portable devices and other belongings the passengers had on their person
- Lost wages
A plaintiff can also file a wrongful death claim against the appropriate insurance company if a loved one perished in the crash. In this case, damages such as funeral costs, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium are available for recovery as well.
Review Your Uber or Taxi Car Crash Case with an Olive Branch Attorney Today
If you were injured because of a cab or rideshare vehicle collision, or a loved one was killed, make an appointment with a board-certified attorney when you are ready. An Olive Branch Uber/taxi accident lawyer will discuss your available options with you in detail and help you navigate your case in a timely manner. Contact our law firm today to talk with David E. Gordon and get started on your case.