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Statesboro Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Statesboro Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Statesboro Rideshare Accident Attorney

For all the convenience that it provides, ride-sharing still holds the same risk of a car accident as any other time you’re on the roads. If that should happen, whether you’re the rider or a driver of another vehicle on the road, it’s important to realize that those who are at fault are responsible for compensating you for your injuries. A Statesboro rideshare accident lawyer can help you understand who that liable party is as you seek that restitution.

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At Merritt & Merritt Law Firm, we’ve been working with victims of car accidents since 1973. We’ve helped rideshare victims seek restitution for what they’ve endured, whether that meant negotiating a settlement or following through with litigation.

Our team has a formidable knowledge of and extensive experience with the personal injury laws that these claims are filed under. We bring that background and a fierce dedication to each of our client’s cases.

Potentially Liable Parties

While the assumption for most car accidents is that the driver of the vehicle is the liable party, it’s important to recognize that accidents are often much more complex than that. It’s quite possible that one of several different parties, or even multiple parties, could be liable for the accident.

What makes someone liable is that they acted negligently, and their negligence led directly to the accident and the injuries that you suffered. In the case of a rideshare accident, some of the potentially liable parties include:

  • The Rideshare Driver: In many accidents, a rideshare driver was speeding, driving unsafely, or violating a traffic law, which led to the accident. In these cases, it is likely that they will be found liable for the accident, and their insurance will be required to compensate the injured parties.
  • The Rideshare Company: Generally, employers are responsible for the actions of their employees, making them liable for the injuries that result. However, because most rideshare drivers are independent contractors, whether the company may be liable can be highly dependent on the circumstances. Your lawyer must look closely at the specifics of the situation to determine whether they can be held liable for the accident.
  • Another Driver: In some cases, a rideshare car and driver may be involved in an accident, but the fault for the incident belongs to another driver in the collision.
  • The Government: The government is responsible for the maintenance of roads, lights, and traffic lights, and an issue with any of these elements could lead to their liability.

Is It Better to Settle My Claim?

It’s likely that you will, at some point, need to consider whether you want to accept a settlement or take a claim to court. As your lawyer, we can give you advice that’s more tailored to the specifics of your claim, such as whether a particular offer is fair and how strong a case you have if we were to take it to court. However, there are some general advantages to settling, which is a primary reason why the majority of claims never make it to court.

One significant advantage to settling a claim is that it can be a much quicker process than going to court. If a case needs to be litigated, it will likely be several months and possibly years before you receive any funds. However, if the case is settled, you will receive the funds within the time specified in the agreement, which is typically 30 days.

For those who need to get their funds quickly, the time it takes to reach a settlement will only be limited by how long the negotiation process takes.

A settlement also has the advantage of avoiding risk. A trial is always an uncertain thing, even when you feel like you have the strongest case. There is always a possibility that they may come back with a decision that you weren’t expecting. A settlement, on the other hand, guarantees that you will receive the funds that were agreed upon.

When a Claim Must Be Filed By?

For personal injury claims, which is what rideshare accident claims will generally fall under, there is usually a statute of limitations of two years. This means that if you haven’t been able to agree to a settlement within two years of the date of the accident, you will need to file the claim to seek restitution through the courts.

While two years is applicable in most situations, it’s important to realize that there may be some situations that could result in that deadline being adjusted. For instance, if the injuries are discovered later, or if there were any minors involved, then it’s possible that the deadline could be extended. However, if it is the government that will need to be held liable for the situation, you may be required to file a claim in just six months.

Given the potential urgency in filing a claim, it’s critical that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. We can take a look at your situation and help identify the timeline for your claim. An attorney can also ensure that the opposing party does not delay or drag out the negotiations past the statute of limitations.

We Can Help You Seek Restitution for Your Injuries

At Merritt & Merritt Law Firm, we seek justice for those who’ve been injured by the negligent actions of others, particularly where motor vehicles are involved. We apply that experience and dedication when we are seeking compensation for victims of rideshare accidents.

Our team believes deeply in the importance of restitution for those who’ve been injured in these kinds of accidents. We do whatever is in our power to see that our clients receive fair compensation for their medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, or any other costs that they’ve had to endure as a result of their injuries.

Whether through standing firm in negotiations or putting forth their strongest case in court, our attorneys are prepared to meet the challenge.

If you’ve been the victim of a rideshare accident, contact our team today to find out how we may be able to help.

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