The convenience of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft is undeniable. With the touch of a few buttons on our cell phones, we can now schedule a ride from wherever we are to anywhere we want to go. This convenience can make us overlook that the inherent risk involved in automobile travel is still present. Unfortunately, however, when an accident occurs involving an Uber or Lyft driver, the process of determining fault and liability can be extremely complicated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, don’t attempt to navigate the legal hurdles alone. Contact one of the experienced Houston Personal Injury Lawyers at Khattar Law, PC today.
The major legal issue that victims face following an Uber accident is the employment status of the Uber driver. Ridesharing companies such as Uber structure their business so that drivers provide rides in their personal, privately-owned vehicles and are designated as independent contractors as opposed to employees.
This independent contractor status makes it difficult for injured victims to sue Uber directly. Doubly complicating the situation is that Uber drivers’ personal insurance policies may not cover situations where the driver is engaged in commercial activity such as providing an Uber ride.
There are situations, however, where an injured passenger can sue Uber directly. For example, if the company failed to adequately screen the driver and it is later discovered that the driver had a poor driving record or a previous DUI, this may be negligent on the ridesharing company’s behalf, and create a possible avenue for bringing a lawsuit against the company.
Insurance coverage is often critical in these situations and Texas law mandates the following requirements for coverage during different circumstances. These requirements are as follows:
With the driver and the ridesharing company having separate policies and coverages, it can be difficult to determine which policy applies in different situations. Whether the Uber driver’s personal policy, Uber’s commercial policy, or the passenger’s own policy with underinsured or uninsured driver coverage applies, our attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
The injuries commonly sustained in Uber and Lyft accidents are no different, and no less serious, than common injuries in other automobile accidents. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, injuries can vary greatly, but commonly include:
In addition to these serious medical issues and the costs associated with treating them, if you have been injured in an Uber accident, you and your family may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, lost wages, loss of consortium, and wrongful death.
Considering the multiple parties and insurance companies involved in an Uber accident, you need an experienced Uber accident attorney to help you. Our Houston uber accident attorneys understand the difficulties you are experiencing and will work tirelessly to:
If you have been involved in an auto accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver in the Houston area, contact one of the experienced Uber accident lawyers at Khattar Law, PC to make sure you recover all of the damages you may be entitled to. Call us at (210) 923-1234 or fill out our contact form.