Myrtle Beach Rideshare Accident Lawyers
Were you hurt in a ridesharing accident? Whether you were harmed as a passenger, driver, or were involved in a collision with a rideshare driver, it is critical to know your rights and legal options. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents people in Myrtle Beach and across the state of South Carolina who have been hurt in an Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare service accident.
Ridesharing is a modern form of paid carpooling in which people pay independent contractors fixed fees through third parties for rides to destinations. Most ridesharing services are operated through mobile apps people download to their smartphones, and ridesharing is generally viewed as being more convenient than hailing a taxi or using other forms of public transportation.
Ridesharing vehicles still use the same roads as other motor vehicles in South Carolina, and they may be involved in car crashes. Whether a person was an occupant in a ridesharing vehicle, the passenger in another vehicle involved in one of these accidents, or a pedestrian or bicyclist struck by a ridesharing vehicle, the ensuing injury claim can be incredibly complicated.
Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a rideshare accident in the greater Myrtle Beach area? You should retain legal counsel for assistance in holding the negligent party accountable.
The Law Office of William J. Luse understands the complexity of rideshare accident claims and works tirelessly to help victims get justice. You can have our Myrtle Beach rideshare accident attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (843) 839-4795 or complete an online contact form to set up a consultation.
Why Do I Need a Rideshare Accidents Lawyer?
You may have heard that some rideshare companies have large insurance policies for vehicles, and you might then assume that all of the costs relating to your injuries will be safely covered. The bitter truth remains that insurance companies make their money by paying as little as possible to resolve all claims, so it is a mistake to assume that a large insurance policy automatically leads to large payouts.
In many cases, insurers will find various ways to deny liability on behalf of the rideshare company. One of the most common ways they achieve this goal is by stating that a driver was an “independent contractor,” and the company cannot be held responsible for their actions when they are in violation of company policy.
An attorney will be able to help you cut through the nonsense. The lawyer can conduct an independent investigation of your accident to collect the evidence needed to prove fault and hold all negligent parties liable.
Some insurance companies may offer you a lump sum settlement if any compensation at all. The amount they offer is probably much less than what you are entitled to and very likely will not be enough to cover all of your future medical costs and other expenses. You need an attorney who understands the real value of your case and is experienced in handling settlement negotiations.
Why Choose Us?
William J. Luse is licensed the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as state courts all over South Carolina and has more than a dozen years of legal experience. He is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association.
At the Law Office of William J. Luse, we take a strong interest in getting to know everything about your case, including having you tell us about all of the ways, large and small, that your injury has impacted your life. We not only want you to know that we care, but we also know that getting to know you better helps us tell your story and fight for you.
Our firm will proceed to negotiate with an insurance company to produce a settlement that provides for every cost associated with your rideshare accident injuries. If the insurer does not present an adequate level of compensation, we will make sure to file a lawsuit.
You should not think that you cannot afford a lawyer for your rideshare crash. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not collect any fees until you obtain a financial award.
Rideshare Accident Cases We Handle
Uber was halted by the South Carolina Public Service Commission in January 2015 before being granted a temporary license. In July of that year, the state enacted the Transportation Network Company Act, which defined a transportation network company (TNC) as “a person, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity operating in this State that uses a digital network, platform, or Internet-enabled application to connect a passenger to a transportation network driver for the purpose of providing transportation for compensation using a vehicle.”
TNCs do not include taxis, charter buses, or limousines. The law required primary auto liability insurance of at least $50,000 for bodily injury per person, $150,000 for bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage when the driver is logged onto the TNC’s digital network and is available to receive requests but is not engaged in a prearranged ride, but the requirement was at least $1 million when a driver is engaged in a prearranged ride.
The automobile insurance policies that are in effect during rideshare crashes can differ depending on the company involved. Most companies tend to have agreements that break down as follows:
- Driver Not Logged Into Company Network — The driver’s own personal automobile insurance covers all costs.
- Driver Logged Into Company Network, But No Passenger Requests — A rideshare company may provide excess coverage covering any damages exceeding the driver’s personal limits. Uber offers $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident, while Lyft offers $50,000 per person for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
- Driver Picking Up Passenger or Transporting Passenger — Uber and Lyft both have $1 million liability and $1 million uninsured policies when drivers are actively involved in transportation services.
Rideshare drivers operate under unique circumstances. They not only need to transport passengers to destinations quickly, but they also need to be mindful of other requests for rides.
During their times of operation, some of the most common causes of rideshare accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Distracted Driving
- Driver Fatigue
- Violations of Other Traffic Laws
Victims in rideshare crashes can be entitled to various damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Rideshare companies could also be liable when drivers commit crimes of violence or sexual crimes against passengers or other people. Families can file wrongful death lawsuits when their loved ones are killed in rideshare crashes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of insurance do rideshare drivers have?
Most rideshare companies require their driver to have their own personal automobile insurance policies. The South Carolina Department of Insurance states that all drivers in the state are required to maintain policies with a minimum of $25,000 coverage per person for bodily injury and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury. While many people purchase policies with higher limits to protect themselves financially in the event of serious crashes, many rideshare drivers may not view the additional protection as necessary since their companies provide excess coverage in certain circumstances.
How long do I have to file a rideshare accident claim?
Under South Carolina Code § 15-3-530, you have three years to commence an action for injury to your person. The same statute of limitations applies to wrongful death actions, but the dates that the limitations periods begin are different. The limitations period begins on the date of an accident in a personal injury case but begins on the date of a person’s death in a wrongful death action.
Do rideshare drivers require any special training?
No, rideshare drivers generally do not have to undergo any kind of training, but they do have to satisfy certain requirements. Uber requires drivers in South Carolina to be of the legal driving age and have a valid driver’s license, a four-door automobile, and at least one year of driving experience (or three years of experience if an applicant is under 23 years of age).
Uber also requires proof of insurance and submission to criminal and driving background checks. Lyft requires drivers in South Carolina to be at least 21 years of age, pass the department of motor vehicle (DMV) and criminal background checks, and use an iPhone or Android smartphone. A driver’s vehicle also needs to satisfy that city’s age requirements, have four doors, and offer five to eight seats. Lyft requires proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license, and a photo of the driver.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Rideshare Accidents Attorney Today
If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a rideshare accident in Myrtle Beach, you will want to make seeking legal representation a top priority. Liability for a rideshare accident is often complicated, and a lawyer will make sure that you are treated with the respect you deserve.
The Law Office of William J. Luse represents clients in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway, Little River, North Myrtle Beach, and several other nearby areas of Marion County, Horry County, and Georgetown County. Call (843) 839-4795 or contact us online to have our attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a consultation.