How long does it take to settle a rideshare accident lawsuit?

The timeline to settle a rideshare accident lawsuit, such as those involving Lyft or Uber, can vary widely based on the unique circumstances of each case. Here we outline several key factors that can influence the timeline:

Initial Investigation

Firstly, following a rideshare accident, an initial investigation is typically conducted. This investigation, often involving law enforcement and insurance companies, aims to understand the details and causes of the accident. Depending on the complexity of the accident, this phase can last from a few weeks to several months.

Medical Treatment and Assessment

Medical treatment and assessment is a very important part of a personal injury claim. Oftentimes the client will  reach a point of ‘maximum medical improvement’ before settling a claim. This term refers to the point when your condition has stabilized enough that physicians can estimate future medical needs. This period can vary depending on the severity of injuries, from weeks to even years.

Claim Submission and Negotiations

Upon understanding the full extent of your injuries, a claim can be submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance company, whether that be a personal policy or a commercial policy held by the rideshare company. Once the claim is submitted, a period of negotiation begins between your lawyer and the insurance company. This phase can take anywhere from a few months to a year, sometimes longer if the case is particularly complex.

Lawsuits and Litigation

If an initial settlement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. The timeline for the litigation stage can be unpredictable, typically ranging from several months to a few years. Factors such as court availability, the complexity of the case, and the strategies of the involved parties can all impact this timeline.

Reaching a Settlement or Jury Verdict

Eventually, a settlement is hopefully reached through negotiations. Once a settlement is agreed upon, the settlement disbursement usually happens within a few weeks, although there are some exceptions.  If both parties cannot come to an agreement, the case may go to trial.  Should a jury render a verdict, disbursement could come quickly or may take some time depending on appeals, etc.

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Please note, the answers to each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.