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Can You Sue Uber for Emotional Distress After an Accident?

Can You Sue Uber for Emotional Distress After an Accident?

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In recent years, ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized transportation. Their convenience also comes with the risk of accidents and injuries. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident in Miami, you may be wondering whether you can sue Uber, Lyft, or any rideshare company for emotional distress in addition to physical injuries. In this blog post, we explore the possibilities and considerations surrounding such a lawsuit.

Can You Sue Uber for Emotional Distress After an Accident?

Emotional distress, also known as mental anguish or psychological injury, refers to the psychological impact of an accident or traumatic event. It can manifest in various ways. These include anxiety, depression, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), fear, and sleep disturbances. While physical injuries are often more visible, emotional distress can have a profound and long-lasting effect on an individual’s life.

Liability of Rideshare Companies

Determining the liability of rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft in an accident involving one of their drivers can be complex. Rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors rather than employees, which adds layers of legal intricacies to any potential lawsuit. However, rideshare companies do carry insurance coverage for their drivers. This includes liability coverage for bodily injuries and property damage.

When it comes to emotional distress claims, rideshare companies may argue that they are not directly responsible for the emotional well-being of passengers. They may contend that these claims should be directed at the at-fault driver rather than the company itself. Additionally, rideshare companies typically have terms of service agreements that may include arbitration clauses. These could affect the ability to pursue legal action.

Potential Grounds for Emotional Distress Claims

It may be challenging to sue a rideshare company for emotional distress alone. However, there are certain circumstances where it may be possible. You need to include it as part of a broader personal injury claim.

  • Severe physical injuries: If you’ve suffered significant physical injuries in a rideshare accident, the emotional distress stemming from those injuries may be considered part of your overall damages.
  • Reckless or intentional conduct: If the rideshare driver’s actions were particularly egregious, such as driving under the influence or engaging in reckless behavior, it may strengthen your claim.
  • Negligent hiring or retention: If the rideshare company failed to adequately screen or supervise their drivers, resulting in an accident, you may have grounds for an emotional distress claim against the company.

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Navigating the legal landscape surrounding rideshare accidents and emotional distress claims can be daunting. This is especially so when dealing with powerful corporations like Uber and Lyft. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can assess the specifics of your case and advise you on the best course of action. For more information, visit fairnessforall.com or call our office directly in South Florida at 305-374-1011 or in Southwest Florida at 239-793-3331.

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