Supporting Those Injured by Car Crashes Caused by Distracted DrivingJuly 23, 2015
“Renata” was always tired. As a second year associate at a big law firm in the city, it was fairly typical for her to log 80 hours a week at the office. When going home late at night, she didn’t want to walk three blocks to the mass transit station, wait alone for one of the infrequent trains, and then hike another quarter mile to her apartment. In addition to feeling unsafe, it was a recipe for getting to bed in the wee hours of the morning, only to get up five hours later and do it all again.
That’s why Renata had gotten into the habit of using a ridesharing service for her late night commute home. With an app on her smartphone, Renata was able to summon a reasonably priced ride that took her from her office directly to her door. The cars that picked her up weren’t taxis or limousines, of course; they were individually owned private vehicles, operated by owners who had contracted as drivers for the ridesharing service.
The night of the crash, Renata had fallen asleep in the back seat. She didn’t see that her driver was looking at his phone – in search of his next fare – when he should have been watching the road in front of him. The route to her home was almost always deserted at that time of the evening, but not on that night. Like her driver, Renata never saw the cars that had stopped in front of them, waiting to be directed around the site of an emergency water main repair.
Her driver rear-ended the line of cars at just under 50 miles per hour. He was killed instantly. Renata woke up in the hospital three days later, unable to move one side of her body. She has never made it back to the office. Neurologists say she may never be able to resume her law career.
The driver’s insurance company had settled quickly, but said the ridesharing company also shared responsibility for the accident. Renata’s attorney agreed. The ridesharing company disavowed any responsibility for Renata’s injuries, calling her deceased driver an independent contractor and claiming that he alone was responsible for the crash. Renata’s attorney intended to take the company to trial.
That didn’t help Renata, though. Unable to walk, unable to work, and with the clock ticking on her employer-provided medical benefits, she was now staring down a life of disability and insolvency. At her attorney’s recommendation, Renata called USClaims.
USClaims spoke with Renata’s attorney about her case in great detail. Soon, we were able to approve her application for pre-settlement funding. Within a week, Renata had the money she needed to meet her ballooning expenses while her attorney worked to bring the ridesharing company to justice. If Renata’s story sounds anything like you or someone you know, and you’re having trouble making ends meet while waiting for a judgment or settlement, we can help.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.