A common injury after a rideshare car accident is whiplash. The effects of whiplash can range from minor pain to extremely life-altering disability. So, can you sue if you suffer whiplash from a rideshare accident?
The answer is yes. You can potentially sue for whiplash injuries or any other injury sustained in an Uber or Lyft accident in New Jersey if the negligence of a rideshare driver or another party caused the accident. You have the right to seek compensation for your medical expenses. Additionally, you may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys at Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. can help.
In this post, the Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. team explains what to do following a rideshare accident to support your claims for compensation after a whiplash injury. Read on to find out more.
Preparing to Sue a Rideshare Company for Whiplash Injuries
Before you can file a lawsuit to recover for your whiplash injuries, you will want to take some key actions to support your potential case. Here are some critical steps to consider if you want to pursue a lawsuit for whiplash or other injuries after a rideshare accident.
Seek Medical Attention
The most important first step after a rideshare accident is to ensure you are safe and healthy. Regardless of whether you believe you are badly injured, seeking immediate medical attention for your whiplash or any other injuries is crucial.
Document your injuries with photos and medical records. You should also closely follow your doctor’s treatment plan, which may include physical therapy or even surgery. Failure to follow through with appropriate treatment can harm your lawsuit.
Contact an Attorney
Once you receive medical attention, consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney who focuses on Uber and Lyft accident cases. Your lawyer can evaluate the details of your case and help you understand your legal options. Additionally, they can work with your doctors and any witnesses to the accident to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your whiplash injuries.
The Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. team is experienced in New York and New Jersey personal injury law. We would be happy to discuss your case with you.
Your attorney at the start of the lawsuit process will help you gather evidence to support your claim. This may include accident reports, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene and your injuries, and medical records. A lawyer may also ask you for information regarding your employment, financial situation, and ability to work following a whiplash injury.
Consider Filing an Insurance Claim
Report the accident to your insurance and rideshare companies. They may have insurance policies that can cover your injuries and damages.
Your attorney will typically negotiate with the insurance companies involved to try to reach a fair settlement. This may include negotiations with Uber or Lyft’s insurance and the driver’s personal insurance. Negotiating with the insurance company may allow you to avoid expensive litigation. Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. boasts a team of highly skilled lawyers at both the negotiating table and in the courtroom.
File a Lawsuit
If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, your attorney may advise you to file a personal injury lawsuit. This can include the rideshare driver or another negligent party. If you proceed with a lawsuit, the legal process may involve discovery, depositions, and a trial if a settlement cannot be reached.
New Jersey Car Accident and Insurance Laws
It is important to note that New Jersey operates under a “no-fault” insurance system, which means that your insurance may cover some of your medical expenses, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. However, you may still have the right to sue for additional damages, especially if your injuries are severe.
To help you navigate the legal process correctly and maximize your chances of receiving the most compensation for your whiplash or other injuries, speak with a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as possible. To maximize your recovery, you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can guide you through the specific laws and procedures in New Jersey.
The Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C. Difference
At Glugeth & Pierguidi, P.C., our team understands how someone’s negligent actions can change your life. After a rideshare accident, get the medical treatment you need immediately and then call our law firm at any time of day. Our team prides itself on having the answers to your questions. We will carefully listen to your story to prepare a successful strategy for negotiating and litigating on your behalf. We aim to achieve fairness, justice, and the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.