Maine Car Accident Reports

Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, but their repercussions can last a lifetime. From minor fender benders to catastrophic collisions, these incidents can leave victims facing physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial hardships.

At Mann Law, we understand the unique challenges that come with accidents. Our firm has helped many victims get justice for their injuries, and we’re ready to help you next. Contact us today to speak with a rideshare accident lawyer in Maine.

What is Ridesharing?

Ridesharing is a transportation service where individuals use a smartphone application to request a ride from a nearby driver. These drivers, who use their personal vehicles, are connected with passengers through the app’s platform, facilitating convenient and on-demand transportation. Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber have revolutionized urban and suburban mobility, offering an alternative to traditional taxis and public transportation by providing flexibility, affordability, and often a more personalized experience for both passengers and drivers. This model has gained widespread popularity globally, fundamentally transforming the way people commute and travel within cities and towns.

What to Do After a Rideshare Accident

After a rideshare accident, knowing the right steps to take can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Here are a few suggestions to protect your rights and maximize compensation:

  • Ensure safety first. Check yourself and others involved in the accident for any injuries. If anyone requires medical attention, call for emergency assistance immediately.
  • Contact law enforcement. Report the accident to the police. Having an official record of the incident is crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Document the scene. Take photographs of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, injuries, road conditions, and any relevant signage or traffic signals. 
  • Exchange information. Get contact information from your passenger, other drivers, and any witnesses. Include names, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information.
  • Notify the rideshare company. Report the accident to Uber or Lyft as soon as possible. They may have specific procedures to follow and could provide additional support or insurance coverage.
  • Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t immediately feel injured, it’s essential to undergo a medical evaluation after an accident. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could develop symptoms later on.
  • Keep records. Maintain detailed records of all medical treatments, vehicle repairs, and other costs related to the accident. These records will be valuable when pursuing compensation for damages.
  • Don’t admit fault. Avoid discussing the accident with the other parties or their insurance representatives. Anything you say could be used against you later.
  • Call a personal injury lawyer. It’s best to get support from an experienced rideshare accident lawyer. They can assess your case, protect your rights, and advocate for you throughout the claims process.

A rideshare accident can be stressful, but you don’t have to feel alone. Contact Mann Law to see if you’re eligible for compensation.

How Mann Law Can Help

Let our team take the burden off your shoulders. Our lawyers are ready to handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing.

Personalized Service and Support

Every rideshare accident case is unique, so we treat each client with the individualized attention and support they deserve. From the outset of your claim, we prioritize open communication and transparency, ensuring you feel empowered every step of the way. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer questions, and adjust our strategies to meet their specific needs. 

Investigating the Accident and Gathering Evidence

Our team will conduct a thorough investigation into the accident. We’ll gather evidence such as the police report, accident scene photos, witness statements, medical records, and rideshare app data.

On top of this, we may work with experts to determine the cause of the crash and assess the extent of your injuries. This comprehensive approach helps us identify all liable parties and calculate a fair compensation demand.

Negotiating with Insurance Providers

Rideshare insurance can be complex, and insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. Principal Attorney Christiana Mann spent years working for insurance companies, learning their tactics and negotiation strategies.

Now, she leverages this knowledge to advocate for your best interests and fight for a fair settlement that reflects the full extent of your damages.

Trial Preparation and Advocacy

If we don’t settle your claim, our firm can take your case to trial. We have extensive courtroom litigation experience, earning recognition on the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Your rideshare accident lawyer will meticulously prepare your case to present the strongest possible arguments. Their advocacy will help protect your rights and demonstrate to the court why you deserve compensation.

Compensation Available After a Rideshare Accident

As the victim of a car accident, you can seek damages to support your recovery and reimburse your losses. Here’s an overview of some of the compensation you can demand:

  • Medical expenses. You can request payment for past, present, and future medical costs associated with your injuries. This includes doctor visits, hospital stays, medication, physical therapy, and medical equipment.
  • Lost wages. If you’re unable to work due to your injuries, you can recover compensation for lost wages. This includes salary, bonuses, commissions, and any other income you lose.
  • Reduced earning capacity. In some cases, your injuries may permanently affect your ability to work or earn a living. You can demand compensation for this loss of future earning potential due to your injuries.
  • Property damage. It’s common for an accident to damage your personal belongings, such as your phone or laptop. You can seek compensation to repair or replace these items.
  • Pain and suffering. The liable party may owe you for any physical and emotional pain you experience. This can include a range of conditions, such as emotional distress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. If your injuries prevent you from participating in activities you once enjoyed, you may be able to recover compensation for this loss.
  • Wrongful death. In tragic cases, a rideshare accident can lead to the death of a loved one. If so, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for funeral expenses, lost financial support, and emotional loss.

It’s best to work with an attorney to understand the full scope of damages available. Trust Mann Law to identify all potential injuries and losses to build you the highest demand available.

Frequently Asked Questions

We strive to make the law as understandable as possible. Below are answers to common questions you may have after an accident. For anything else, don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with an attorney.

What Happens If You Get in an Accident While Driving for Lyft?

Getting in a rideshare accident is similar to any other accident. However, the insurance process may differ. Lyft’s insurance coverage depends on your driving status at the time of the accident.

If you’re online and waiting for a ride request, you will need to use your personal insurance in most cases. However, if you have accepted a ride request or have passengers in the car, Lyft’s insurance will handle the claim.

What Happens If You Get in an Accident While Driving for Uber?

Uber also offers insurance coverage based on your online status. If you’re waiting for a ride request, Uber’s third-party insurance will likely cover at least $50,000 per person for injuries and $25,000 for property damage. And if you are on an active trip, the company offers at least $1,000,000 for property damage and injuries. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

In Maine, you have up to six years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim. While this may seem like ample time, you should take legal action quickly. Evidence becomes difficult to find as time passes. Worse, the court can dismiss your claim if you file after this deadline. 

Get in Contact With Our Personal Injury Team Today

Don’t wait too long to file your personal injury claim. Work with Mann Law to take the first step towards compensation and closure. Our Maine rideshare accident lawyers will listen to your story, answer your questions, and explore your options—all at no cost. 

Schedule your free consultation now to get started.