Newport News Rideshare Accident Lawyer

Ridesharing is a popular choice for Newport News residents wanting to get from point A to point B in an easy and timely fashion. With companies such as Uber and Lyft offering convenient and affordable services to millions of riders, there are many benefits to opting to open an app and go. However, while rideshare companies have implemented safety measures to reduce the risk of accidents, mishaps still occur due to driver or company negligence, such as distracted driving, speeding or inexperience. 

If you suffered injuries as a result of a rideshare driver or company negligence, it is essential to seek the legal guidance of an experienced rideshare accident lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC. We have 40 years of award-winning service, helping countless Newport News clients fight for the compensation they deserve for the damages incurred in motor vehicle accidents. 

How a Newport News Rideshare Accident Lawyer Helps Your Claim

Suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence leads to mounting medical expenses, lost wages and/or other losses. At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we fight for every cent you deserve by handling all aspects of your case while you focus on recovery. We are well-versed in Virginia’s evolving rideshare laws and have the resources to mitigate any challenges that arise. 

We help increase the chances of a successful rideshare accident claim in the following ways: 

  • Gathering evidence like police reports, medical records and employment records
  • Answering all your legal questions
  • Making your claim timely and otherwise properly 
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Determining who is liable for your injuries
  • Calculating your damages
  • Utilizing resources like healthcare providers and accident reconstruction specialists
  • Taking your case to trial if necessary
  • Researching medical and technical literature

If you are involved in a Newport News rideshare accident, seeking legal guidance as soon as possible is essential, as you potentially risk the compensation you rightfully deserve. Our Newport News rideshare accident attorneys take the stress off your shoulders during this challenging time and protect your legal rights every step of the way. 

Liability in a Newport News Rideshare Accident

When a rideshare accident occurs, it is confusing to determine who is liable for the damages you suffered, especially when there are multiple parties involved. Liability varies depending on whether the driver was logged into the rideshare app at the time of the accident and other relevant details. 

A Newport News Uber or Lyft accident lawyer helps you investigate the details of the accident and identify all liable parties, including the following: 

  • Rideshare driver: The driver of a rideshare vehicle is liable for the accident if he or she was driving recklessly, distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or violating traffic laws. In such cases, the driver’s insurance policy covers the damages sustained in the accident. 
  • Rideshare company: A rideshare company might be liable for accidents involving its drivers if it fails to properly screen him or her and/or encourages him or her to violate traffic laws, such as speeding or running red lights. In such cases, the rideshare company’s insurance policy is responsible for covering accident-related damages. 
  • Third-party: Liability falls on a negligent third-party driver and his or her insurance company. The driver is responsible for covering the damages sustained in the accident. However, determining liability in a multi-vehicle accident is complex. 
  • Passengers: Passengers also contribute to accident liability. For example, if a passenger distracts the driver, causing him or her to lose control of the vehicle and hit another motorist, the passenger will be responsible for accident-related damages.

Determining liability in a Newport News rideshare accident is complex and requires the guidance of an experienced Newport News rideshare accident attorney. In addition to damages that a victim recovers through insurance, Uber and Lyft have coverage that varies depending on the circumstances of the accident:

  • When a driver is logged into the rideshare app and waits for a ride request, Uber or Lyft provides liability insurance coverage. This insurance covers up to $50,000 per person injured, $100,000 per accident and $25,000 in property damages. 
  • Once a driver accepts a ride request and is en route to pick up a passenger or has a passenger in the vehicle, his or her coverage increases to $1 million in liability coverage for accidents. 
  • Uber and Lyft provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage for drivers and passengers in cases of an accident with a driver without insurance or inadequate coverage. 

At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we negotiate with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf and ensure your rights are protected. We have helped countless victims obtain a favorable outcome and have the resources to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Award-Winning Rideshare Accident Lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC

If you have suffered injuries in a Newport News rideshare accident, seek the experienced legal guidance of lawyer Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC. We help you navigate the legal process and ensure your rights are protected from consultation to resolution. 

With 40 years of award-winning service, we know what it takes to fight for the compensation you deserve so you are able to move forward after a rideshare accident. Attorney Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. was named to The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury during 2007-2023, and was voted its “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury in Southeast Virginia in 2022; and Waterman Law Centers has been listed as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Personal Injury in U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2023. 

Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with a Newport News Uber and Lyft accident lawyers today by calling (757) 906-4707 or filling out our contact form