Can I Sue If I Lose a Loved One in a Rideshare Accident?

Losing a loved one in a rideshare accident, whether it be Uber, Lyft or any other service, is a heart-wrenching experience. In these challenging times, understanding your legal options can provide some solace. Yes, it is possible to sue if you lose a loved one in a rideshare accident. Let’s explore how and why.

The Basis for a Lawsuit: Wrongful Death

If a family member dies due to the negligence of another party, this often forms the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit. In the context of rideshare accidents, several parties could be held accountable for their role in the tragedy, including:

  • The rideshare driver: If their reckless or negligent driving led to the accident.
  • The rideshare company: If they failed to adequately vet the driver or maintain the vehicle.
  • Other drivers: If another motorist’s negligence contributed to the fatal accident.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The laws regarding who can file a wrongful death lawsuit vary from state to state. Typically, it’s the immediate family members such as a spouse, children, parents, or the executor or personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. 

What Damages Can Be Claimed?

The damages claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit are meant to compensate the estate and survivors for their loss. These can include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Lost future earnings of the deceased
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death

Navigating the Legal Process

Lawsuits involving rideshare companies are complicated due to their unique business models and insurance policies. Furthermore, wrongful death lawsuits are inherently complex. As a result, navigating this process typically requires the help of an experienced attorney.

If you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one in a rideshare accident, The Ruth Law Team is here to assist. You can reach us at (888) 783-8378.

You can also visit us by appointment at any of our Florida Law Offices, Minnesota Law Offices, or Georgia Law Offices.

Remember, the answers to each question can vary depending on the specific facts of your case. For the most accurate information, it’s always a good idea to consult with an attorney. Please note that this is general information and not legal advice.