Determining Liability After an Uber/Lyft Accident
If you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft and are involved in an accident, you will likely be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Holding the right party or parties accountable can be complex, particularly when there are multiple insurance policies involved. It is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney if you are injured in any rideshare accident.
The Karam Law Office provides fierce advocacy for those injured in Uber/Lyft accidents near Houston, Texas. Whether you are a passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian hit by a rideshare driver, we can help. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact our office today at (914) 368-7168 for a free consultation.
Who Should I Sue After an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, there may be one or more parties that can be held liable for your injuries. It is imperative that you file a claim against all negligent parties and their insurance companies. Generally, Uber and Lyft drivers are covered by an individual insurance policy and a company policy through the rideshare company.
Parties you can sue after an Uber/Lyft accident include:
- The rideshare (Uber/Lyft) driver
- The rideshare company (if the driver’s individual insurance policy is insufficient under Texas law)
- Another driver, employer, or individual that may be at fault for the accident
Texas Insurance Requirements for Uber/Lyft Drivers
While Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors, the rideshare companies are not released from liability if the driver was at fault or involved in an accident. If the individual driver has inadequate insurance coverage according to Texas law, the rideshare company must cover the claim if they are driving for the company and using the rideshare app.
In Texas, Uber and Lyft fall under the category of a transportation network company (TNC). Texas law requires that drivers for TNCs carry a higher level of insurance during periods when they are using the rideshare app, whether they have a passenger, are waiting for a passenger, or are in-between.
What to Do If You Are Involved in an Uber/Lyft Accident
As with any car accident, you should always immediately seek medical treatment for any injuries sustained during the crash. Failure to seek treatment for your injuries could reduce your claim for damages. Additionally, failing to continue treatment without getting released from a medical professional could result in you receiving less compensation than your case is worth.
The best way to ensure that you are getting the best possible outcome in your case is to consult with an experienced attorney. Accidents involving an Uber or Lyft driver can be complicated. You may have to prove that you were a passenger or that the driver was using the rideshare app while operating the vehicle. An attorney can help you prove your case and maximize your recovery.
Contact The Karam Law Office for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, contact The Karam Law Office at (914) 368-7168 for a free consultation. Attorney Jacob Karam has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims in Houston and throughout the state.
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