Were you or a loved one hurt in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft? If you were hurt as a passenger or a driver, or if a rideshare driver hit your vehicle, you could be owed compensation from the responsible party. Because these accidents could involve multiple parties and insurance policies, it is crucial to hire an experienced St. Louis rideshare accident lawyer to represent you. The injury attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC are the trusted team when it comes to handling these cases in St. Louis, and we’re standing by to discuss your case.
When you us, we will work diligently to make sure that the liable parties in your accident are held accountable and that you get the full compensation you are entitled to. Don’t wait until it is too late to get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us at (314) 963-9000 or reach out online to schedule your FREE and confidential consultation today.
Why Hire OnderLaw, LLC?
OnderLaw, LLC has the experience to handle St. Louis rideshare accidents. Our team has deep roots in the St. Louis community, with most of our attorneys and staff having been born and raised right here in The Gateway to the West. Our practice was founded with the goal of helping those who are hurt here get justice, and we’ve built a reputation as the go-to firm in the city for those who need help.
Many legal organizations across the country, such as Martindale-Hubbell, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and SuperLawyers, have also recognized our commitment to our clients.
We’ve also been featured in multiple publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, for the work we’ve done for our clients. When you hire us, we’ll make your case a priority. We believe in open communication and direct one on one contact with every one of our clients.
We understand the devastating effects St. Louis rideshare accidents can have. We will handle every aspect of your case from beginning to end so you can focus completely on your recovery. We will guide you through the legal process and answer all your questions, so you stay informed.
As soon as we meet, you become part of our family. We care deeply for our clients and about the success of their case. Our attorneys work hard getting justice for our clients. Whether we reach a settlement agreement with the insurance company or have to litigate your case, you can count on us to fight hard for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Rideshare Accident Statistics
Since 2011, rideshare services have increased traffic fatalities by 2% to 3% across the country. After the launch of Uber and Lyft in 2010, researchers compared accident statistics over some time with statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in major cities.
According to their findings, the rate of accidents involving ridesharing vehicles increased dramatically. One reason for this surprising finding is because rideshare drivers spend about 40% to 60% of their driving time looking for passengers. The more time they spend on the road means the more opportunities for accidents to occur.
In St. Louis alone, automobile fatalities account for about 21.33% of the state of Missouri’s total death count, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Missouri’s roads rank number 12 in the nation as the most dangerous, with 23.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
This is because of constant traffic congestion on the major highways and interstate roadways. Texting while driving, speeding, and driving under the influence are consistent top reasons why these accidents occur in the St. Louis area.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents in St. Louis
When Uber and Lyft first launched in St. Louis, they quickly gained popularity. It’s a safe alternative to getting home safely after a night of drinking, traveling long distances you don’t want to drive on your own, or carpooling with your friends to split the cost and save some money.
In a major city like St. Louis, where many cars clog roads every day, it’s no surprise that the number of accidents has grown. Whether it’s bad weather, driver error, or hazardous road conditions, there are many reasons you can become a victim of a rideshare accident. Some of the common causes of rideshare accidents in St. Louis are:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving in bad weather conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving recklessly
Rideshare drivers have a responsibility to keep you safe. If they fail to do so, and you sustain injuries, they should be held liable. We will file a claim on your behalf and work diligently to ensure the insurance company pays you a fair settlement. We’re willing to do whatever it takes to get justice for you. This means aggressively seeking compensation at the negotiating table or in the courtroom.
What to Do if You’re Injured in a Rideshare Accident
If you were severely injured in a rideshare accident in St. Louis, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Having documentation of that visit can make your claim stronger and possibly set you up for higher compensation.
You don’t have to go to a hospital if your injuries are minor. Going to an urgent care facility is fine, as long as you get checked out. You should also speak with an attorney from OnderLaw, LLC immediately after your accident.
We will begin working on your case by performing a thorough investigation of your accident. We’ll gather all the evidence we know we’ll need to prove your Uber or Lyft driver should be held liable for your injuries. Some of the evidence we’ll obtain includes:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Video surveillance
- Photos of the accident scene
- Vehicle damage estimates and repair bills
- Photos of your injuries
As we’re working on gathering evidence, you should continue to seek medical attention regularly. Insurance companies will do anything in their power to not pay an injured party or pay much less than they should receive.
If we can provide the insurance company with evidence that you need consistent appointments, your case will be stronger. Be sure to follow your physician’s orders and follow up with any specialists they recommend.
Because of our long-standing history in St. Louis, we have been able to develop great relationships with the doctors in this area. If you ever need a referral, we will be able to help you seek treatment from a doctor that best fits your needs.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?
Missouri law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance with minimum liability limits. The amount of compensation you can seek depends on the driver’s coverages.
Additionally, rideshare services like Uber provide coverage of up to $1,000,000 if the driver’s liability insurance doesn’t cover your damages, or if the claim is denied. Our attorneys know how to comb through insurance policies from St. Louis rideshare accidents. We have an eye for detail and can seek out the coverages available to you.
When we determine the maximum amount available, we’ll file your claim and seek compensation for your damages. Damages are expenses you incur as a direct result of your accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Some of the damages you can claim in the state of Missouri include:
- Medical Expenses: All medical bills for treatment deemed medically necessary, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgery, home health care, hospital visits, and prescription medication.
- Emotional Damage: Psychological treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. that was directly caused by your accident.
- Lost Wages: Any days you were unable to work, including vacation or sick days.
- Future Earning Capacity: You can recover the difference in income if your ability to work is limited or altered.
- Loss of Consortium: Your immediate family members can claim this damage for the losses they’ve suffered because of the relationship they had with you before your accident.
- Wrongful Death: If a rideshare accident resulted in death, immediate family members can seek compensation.
Since the law requires that all drivers carry auto insurance, the rideshare driver’s or the rideshare company’s insurance should cover your expenses. However, if your driver does not have insurance and their rideshare company denies your insurance claim for some reason, you can use your auto insurance policy.
Even though you weren’t driving, you can file a claim with your UM insurance. UM stands for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which covers your damages if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have high enough limits. There’s no penalty for filing a claim with your own insurance company with proof that the other driver was at fault.
Call OnderLaw, LLC Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Call us at (314) 963-9000 now, and we’ll schedule your free consultation. There’s absolutely no risk or obligation to decide if seeking legal representation is right for you. We will be happy to review the details of your rideshare accident and answer any questions you have.
If we believe you have a solid case that can reach a favorable outcome, we will tell you. OnderLaw, LLC never pressure anyone into hiring us. We know law firms can be intimidating, but we strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who visits our office.
Our goal is to provide you with the necessary information so you can make an informed decision about how you would like to move forward.