Whether you live in a city where a lack of street parking and the high cost of paid parking makes it impossible to own a car or you’re visiting a new place and you’re loath to shell out major cash for a car rental you’re barely going to use, you may find ride-sharing services to be convenient.
If you like to drive yourself, Turo offers an ideal opportunity, as this platform allows you to rent a privately-owned vehicle for short-term use at less cost than full-day rentals from traditional services like Hertz or Enterprise.
Unfortunately, these services are still in relative infancy, which means the rules regarding accident liability can be a bit hazy. As a result, you may not know what to do if you’re a driver or passenger in a Turo rental, especially when an accident occurs through the negligence of others or if you’ve been injured in an accident where a Turo driver was at fault.
While there’s not yet a lot of data on Turo accidents specifically, there were over 6.7 million police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These accidents resulted in over 2.7 million injuries and over 36,000 deaths. It’s no stretch to imagine that some of these accidents involved rideshare vehicles.
Any time you’re injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you might find yourself dealing with a lot more than physical recovery. You may have mental and emotional trauma related to the incident. Trying to fight an uphill battle against insurance providers that use stall tactics like delaying or denying your claim can be frustrating, to say the least.
Even worse, the involvement of a ridesharing service can cloud issues of liability, so you may not know exactly who’s responsible for your medical bills and other expenses. This is why finding qualified Turo accident attorneys is so important.
At The Ruth Law Team, we have over 40 years of experience negotiating settlements and winning car accident cases for injured parties. We’ve made it a point to learn all we can about the legalities surrounding ridesharing accidents so that we can provide the best legal representation for clients like you.
Our goal is not only to help you fight for justice and fair compensation, but also to minimize your stress as much as possible at every step of the way. With exceptional legal guidance and support, along with personalized customer care, we help you through this traumatic time in your life so you can focus on the important work of recovering.
If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a Turo rental, whether you were driving the vehicle, were a passenger, or the Turo driver was at fault, you need skilled and experienced Turo accident lawyers to help untangle liability issues and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Common Causes of Turo Accidents
When car accidents occur, there can be serious consequences. Among the most common injuries sustained in auto accidents are:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- and more
Death is also possible. However, the trauma can go beyond physical harm, spurring mental and emotional issues like anxiety, depression, and PTSD in the aftermath.
A Turo accident attorney can help you to seek compensation for any injuries or other trauma resulting from the incident. The amount of your settlement may depend not only on the injuries you suffered, but also on the cause of the accident and the insurance companies involved.
In some cases, accidents are just a matter of circumstance, such as a driver slipping on wet or icy pavement or swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road. Sometimes, a vehicle malfunction is to blame. However, there are also instances in which drivers behave negligently, putting them at fault.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while overly tired
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Making turns from the wrong lane
- Illegal U-turns
- Driving the wrong way (wrong side of the road)
- Reckless driving
- and more
In the case of Turo drivers causing accidents specifically, collisions could also be related to unfamiliarity with the vehicle. The qualified Turo accident lawyers at The Ruth Law Team can help you to determine what caused the accident in order to pinpoint who is likely to be liable.
What Happens Next?
If you’ve never worked with a lawyer before, you may be somewhat intimidated by the prospect of shopping around to find suitable legal representation. You might not know where to start. After all, you might already feel overwhelmed after suffering an injury or the loss of a loved one and trying to deal with insurance companies giving you the runaround.
At The Ruth Law Team, we want to minimize your stress and take on the burden of fighting your legal battle for you. We offer peace of mind that your case is being handled by experienced professionals who are passionate about seeking justice on your behalf. We make ourselves available 24/7 to address all of your questions and concerns.
In addition, we offer complete transparency, so you always know what’s going on with your case. Our simple, three-step process is easy to understand. It includes:
The foundation of any case lies in documentation, which is why our first step centers on collecting any documents related to your accident. This could include medical reports and billing, a police report from the scene of the accident, witness statements, and so on.
Once we have the basic documents detailing the accident and its aftermath, we want to dive deeper into the facts. This may include seeking additional evidence like video footage of the accident, conducting interviews with those involved, or even finding expert witnesses. This all helps to strengthen the leverage to negotiate for a settlement, or alternatively, to fight in the courtroom for the compensation you deserve.
Once the evidence has all been compiled, we’ll use it to build a strong case case on your behalf. Oftentimes, this is enough to convince responsible parties and their insurance companies to negotiate a settlement out of court.
However, we always prepare for a trial, just in case negotiations aren’t successful. When you need Turo accident attorneys that not only go above and beyond to fight for the compensation you deserve, but also treat you with compassion and respect, The Ruth Law Team comes through for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When an accident occurs, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the recovery process, grief over losing a loved one, or the difficulty of fighting to get insurance companies to pay out on your claim. You may also have a growing list of questions about the legal process.
The caring and qualified professionals at The Ruth Law Team always go the extra mile to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in the services you receive. We’re available 24/7 to address all of your questions and concerns. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions.
In some instances, the answer is yes. We represent clients who were NOT at fault for the accident. Rideshare accidents can be incredibly complicated. Between drivers, passengers, car owners, and the Turo platform, you may not know where to file a claim or how to pursue the compensation you’re due. When The Ruth Law Team takes the reins, you can relax and focus on recovery.
When you’re dealing with medical bills and you’re unable to work, it’s understandable to worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer. While some firms are concerned about getting paid upfront, The Ruth Law Team is committed to getting justice for accident victims. This is why we work on contingency. Until and unless we reach a settlement or win your case in court, we won’t see a dime. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
Any time you’re injured in an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You’ll want to collect evidence, like photos of the scene, driver/passenger contact information, and witness statements at the scene, but this may not be possible, depending on the severity of your injuries.
You should also contact The Ruth Law Team so we may communicate with your insurance provider. The sooner you call us, the quicker we can start collecting evidence and building your case.
We always try to negotiate a settlement out of court, if possible. With the right evidence and a proven ability to counteract delay and denial tactics, we’re able to reach a settlement in many cases. However, responsible parties and insurance companies can sometimes behave stubbornly, which is why we always prepare to take your case to trial.
The seasoned attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have over 40 years of experience successfully settling and winning personal injury cases like yours, including rideshare car accidents. As your Turo accident attorneys, we bring a wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience to the table.
Generally speaking, there are three main types of compensation you may be eligible for when injured in a car accident: economic, non-economic, and punitive.
Economic damages are the most common, and may include:
- Medical expenses (including future expenses)
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Funeral costs
- and more
Non-economic damages could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or loss of limb
- Loss of consortium
- and more
While not every state offers punitive damages, which are designed to punish egregious or malicious behavior, Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota each offer some form of punitive damages. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to advise which types of compensation you may be entitled to.
In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. In Georgia, you have only two years, while Minnesota sets the limit at six years. Your Turo accident lawyers can help to make sure you file your lawsuit in a timely manner, so you don’t miss critical deadlines.
At The Ruth Law Team, we put the needs of our clients first. That’s why we work on contingency and we’re available 24/7 to provide the legal guidance and support you deserve. We happily come to you, wherever you are, be it at home, in the hospital, or elsewhere.
We’ll even help you to negotiate with healthcare providers or medical facilities to defer payment of medical bills until your case is settled or you’ve had your day in court. With over 40 years of successful settlements and wins in cases like yours, the qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have the experience you’re looking for.
Turo Accident Attorneys
The seasoned Turo accident lawyers at The Ruth Law Team are ready to put their considerable knowledge, experience, and skill to work fighting for justice and compensation on your behalf.
Our outstanding legal team includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
You don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone when you choose the qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team to do the heavy lifting for you. We go out of our way to minimize your stress and work to build the strongest possible case to negotiate for a settlement or go to trial.
Contact an Experienced Turo Accident Attorney
A car accident can leave you dealing with long-term medical needs, rehabilitation, permanent disability, or even the loss of a loved one. The last thing you need when coping with grief or the challenges of recovery is to fight insurance companies that have enough resources to keep you tied up for years.
As your Turo accident attorneys, The Ruth Law Team is dedicated to building a strong case and taking on the burden of fighting your legal battle, so you can focus on your health, your family, and the recovery process.
Turo Accident Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
The Ruth Law Team has the experienced and reliable Turo accident attorneys you need. Call us today at 888-783-8378, contact us online, or reach us through our live chat to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn more about how we can help with your case.Florida Georgia Minnesota