Many people, especially in cities like Dallas, use rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft regularly. When accidents occur involving rideshare services, whether you are a passenger or a driver, figuring out who is responsible for the costs of your injuries can be challenging.
One of our Uber and Lyft ridesharing lawyers serving Dallas can analyze your situation and determine fault and liability for your accident-related injuries.
Why Could I Use Legal Help with My Ridesharing Car Accident Claim?
You can file an insurance claim based on your injuries with the insurance company for the at-fault driver. If the driver was performing services for Lyft or Uber at the time of the accident, you also can file a claim through the insurance policy of the ridesharing company. However, insurance companies are not necessarily on your side and do not want to compromise their profits by fairly admitting liability and paying your claim.
You may benefit from legal help to:
- Establish who is at fault for your accident
- Gather evidence in support of your case
- Provide documentation of damages related to your injuries
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to settle your case
Big insurance companies often try to talk you into a quick settlement that undervalues your claim. They may take advantage of your injured condition to close their case as quickly and cheaply as possible. You can help protect your rights by getting legal advice from the outset of your case.
What Kind of Damages are Available in a Ridesharing Accident Case?
If you are successful in your case, you can receive a damages award from the parties responsible for causing your accident. Insurance companies often pay these claims for parties who are insured. Some common types of damages that might be available in a ridesharing accident case can include:
- Medical expenses to treat your injuries currently and in the future
- Lost wages from being unable to work as a result of your injuries
- Loss of future earning capacity if you are permanently disabled
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, and impairment
- Loss of the ability to participate in and enjoy regular activities
Every car accident case is different, so the amount of a damages settlement can vary widely. We can help you obtain documentation of your injuries and losses related to the accident. This evidence is instrumental to backing up your personal injury claim.
How Can I Benefit From Legal Advice From Your Law Firm?
The legal team at our law firm has experience handling not only car accident cases, but cases specifically involving Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services. These cases can be complicated, and an understanding of the factors that affect ridesharing services is important for your case. An Uber and Lyft ridesharing lawyer from our law firm can help if you or a loved one suffers injuries in a Dallas ridesharing car accident.
For instance, Uber does not employ drivers, but uses them as independent contractors. Although Uber maintains a million-dollar insurance policy for their drivers, disputes can arise about available insurance coverage.
The insurance company that insures Uber may deny liability if the driver was between fares. However, the insurance company that ensures the driver personally also may deny liability if the accident arguably occurred while the driver was working.
Who is Responsible For the Costs of My Injuries if I am in a Ridesharing Accident?
Liability in a ridesharing accident case depends on the circumstances under which the accident occurred. Potentially liable parties can include:
- The at-fault driver
- The ridesharing company
- Or both
For example, if the driver who causes the accident drives for Uber but was driving for personal reasons rather than to pick up or transport a passenger, then the driver would be personally responsible. You then would file a claim against the personal motor vehicle insurance policy of the driver.
Second, if the driver was available to pick up passengers but was not currently transporting or going to pick up a passenger, the driver again may be personally liable.
When the Rideshare Insurance Coverage Kicks In
Finally, if the driver was actively transporting or picking up a passenger at the time of the accident, then Lyft insurance coverage may apply. However, you could face complications when you process your claim, as Uber or Lyft may take steps to deny liability. Getting coverage for your losses in a ridesharing car accident is not always straightforward and can be complicated.
Do I Have a Time Limit for Filing My Legal Case in Court?
State laws set time limits on how long you have to file cases in court. These deadlines or statutes of limitations differ according to the kind of case you are filing. Under Texas law, injury victims have two years from the day after their accident occurred to file their case in court.
Missing this deadline can cause you to lose the right to pursue damages for your injuries. No matter how liable another party may be for your losses, you cannot hold them responsible through a lawsuit if you fail to file it on time.
We are Here to Help You with Your Ridesharing Accident Case
After you get medical help for your injuries, call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™. One of our Uber and Lyft ridesharing lawyers serving Dallas can help. We know how to handle these unique car accident cases and have the resources to fight back against large ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Since strict time limits apply to your case, we recommend taking action as soon as you can.
Call our offices at (713) 850-8600 for a free consultation today. We have been representing the interests of individuals who have suffered injuries in car accidents since 2002. You can rely on us to evaluate your case and outline all your available options for legal relief.