Rideshare services offer a convenient and often cost-efficient way to get around. Whether you’re hailing an Uber or Lyft through their respective apps, you expect the driver to pick you up and safely take you to your destination. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. If you’ve been involved in a crash with an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be able to pursue legal action. Our Texas rideshare accident lawyers can help.
At the Rideshare Law Firm, our attorneys represent crash victims on a nationwide basis. No matter where in Texas you are, a rideshare accident is possible. Navigating the aftermath without a lawyer’s guidance can be challenging, which is why we’re prepared to explain your legal rights and options to you. In order to get an idea of what to expect after a rideshare accident, let’s take a look at some of the crashes that have happened in Texas.
Rideshare Accidents in Texas
Uber and Lyft services are available in dozens of cities throughout Texas, including Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Houston, Odessa, San Antonio, Texas City, Waco, Wichita Falls, and more.
While car accidents happen throughout the state on a daily basis, it’s not every day a rideshare vehicle is involved. Because of that, Uber and Lyft crashes often make headlines. For example, in February 2021, a Corvette driver died after sideswiping a 2018 Ford Explorer that was being used as a rideshare vehicle and hitting poles in central Austin.
When two or more vehicles collide in Texas and damage or injuries are significant, police respond to the scene and file an official report. If a rideshare driver is involved, the company they work for needs to be notified to conduct its own investigation. Both of those reports can be used to help determine what the accident victims are owed; however, it’s also important to have an attorney evaluate your situation and conduct a third-party investigation on your behalf. This way, you’ll have a full account of what you went through and why, so you can proceed with filing a claim.
Filing a Claim After an Uber or Lyft Crash
If you believe you’ve been injured by a negligent or reckless Uber or Lyft driver, you have the grounds to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries and related losses. The claims process can be complicated, especially when a rideshare company is involved, so it’s important to have the proper support from an experienced Texas attorney.
An effective claim starts with having the right information. Immediately following the crash, it’s important to get the insurance information from all the vehicles involved. You’ll also want the drivers’ names, the cars’ license plate numbers and a general description, and contact information. If you only have some of that information, your lawyer can do some digging to get the rest.
You’ll also need to have proof of the trip. As the passenger, you can go through your trip request history and locate the applicable trip’s date, time, pickup location, and drop-off location. The police report will contain when and where the accident occurred, so your verification and the report will confirm your driver’s rideshare status at the time of the collision.
Once you have the information described above, it’s time to prove you’re owed compensation. It can be difficult to work with an insurance company, so it’s important to have an attorney who understands the car accident settlement process. Your lawyer can present information that proves the driver was negligent and value your claim based on what you’ve suffered.
Determining Who Is Responsible for a Rideshare Accident
There are a number of factors that go into determining who to hold responsible for the rideshare accident. When you work with our attorneys, we’ll investigate what you’ve been through and determine how best to proceed. In most instances, we’ll file a claim against one or both of the following:
- Rideshare Company. When Uber or Lyft fail to abide by the required hiring standards, it’s possible they could be held accountable for an accident involving one of their drivers. Whether the company failed to conduct the proper background checks or did not ensure the driver’s vehicle was being adequately maintained, our attorneys will fight to hold the company accountable for your losses.
- Rideshare Driver. All drivers are supposed to abide by the rules of the road and ensure they are driving as safely as possible. Rideshare drivers have the added distraction of picking up passengers, getting to desired locations, and dropping passengers off. Because of that, they need to be even more aware than the average driver. When distractions or even plain negligence contribute to an accident, you can take action to hold them accountable.
There’s also the possibility another driver could be at fault for your accident. If that’s the case, you’ll likely file a personal injury claim with their insurance company. Your Texas attorney from the Rideshare Law Group can advise you on how best to proceed.
Learn More From the Rideshare Law Group
As the victim of a rideshare accident, you deserve the best chance at recovery. Our Texas rideshare accident lawyers understand the challenges you’re facing and are prepared to help. Whether you’d like to learn more about the rideshare accident claims process or are looking to determine if you have a valid claim, all you need to do is schedule a free consultation with our law firm.
When we meet, we’ll review what you’ve been through and provide you with sound legal advice so you can make the best decisions for your health, family, and future. Contact us today to learn more.