Rideshare Accident Attorneys
Whereas people once relied on taxi cabs to transport them to and from certain locations, rideshare companies have provided on-demand transportation services that are usually fulfilled through the use of mobile applications (apps). While this technological advance has allowed scores of people to quickly get rides with a few presses of buttons, resolving a car accident involving a rideshare vehicle is far more complicated.
Uber and Lyft are two of the dominant players in the rideshare market, but new transportation network companies (TNCs) are trying to gain footing every day and everyday people are able to become drivers for these companies. When a rideshare driver causes an automobile accident, the rideshare company can be liable in some cases but will always be trying to weasel out of any responsibility.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in any kind of rideshare accident, you are going to need the help of a lawyer in holding the rideshare company accountable. You will want to be certain that you contact Attorney Tom as soon as possible.
Our firm will fight to make sure that you recover every last penny of compensation you are entitled to. We can provide a complete evaluation of your case and help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call 713-244-6363 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Rideshare Accident Lawyer?
You are going to want to make sure that you have an attorney for assistance with your rideshare accident claim for several reasons. The first reason is that the lawyer will immediately commence an independent investigation into your crash.
The investigation will allow an attorney to determine the cause but also collect important evidence. You can actually help preserve evidence by taking as many pictures as you can of everything involved in the scene of your crash before that evidence is cleaned up and disappears.
The major reason you want to have a lawyer is for dealing with the insurance company that is very likely to contact you soon after your accident. You need to understand that an insurer is never on your side, no matter how sincere an agent’s concern might seem, and you should never provide any recorded statement to a claims adjuster until you have legal representation.
Your attorney can handle all settlement negotiations on your behalf and will understand when to file a lawsuit when the statute of limitations becomes an issue. You need to understand that you can hire a personal injury lawyer at no cost to yourself because an attorney will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay when you actually receive a monetary award.
Types of Rideshare Accident Cases We Handle
Uber, Lyft, and several other TNCs have insurance policies set up such that insurance works as follows:
- Driver Not Logged Into TNC’s Digital Network — Driver’s personal automobile insurance covers all damages.
- Driver Logged Into TNC’s Digital Network, But No Passenger Requests — TNC may provide excess coverage for damages exceeding driver’s personal limits. Uber provides $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident and Lyft offers $50,000 per person for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 per accident for property damage.
- Driver Picking Up Passenger or Transporting Passenger — The TNC may have a larger liability policy, as both Lyft and Uber have $1 million liability and $1 million uninsured policies.
Many TNCs try to deny any liability for accidents. In many cases, drivers are referred to as independent contractors who should alone be responsible for all damages.
The actual causes of rideshare accidents can vary depending on circumstances. Some of the most common causes include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk or Drugged Driving
- Driver Fatigue
- Distracted Driving
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
Not all rideshare accidents are necessarily motor vehicle crashes. Some passengers may have been the victims of assaults or sex crimes committed by drivers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Economic damages that apply to tangible costs that can be calculated and proven like medical bills, lost income, and property damage.
- Noneconomic damages that are awards for far more subjective kinds of harm like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or disfigurement.
Another kind of jury award that is far rarer is punitive damages. As they relate to rideshare accidents, punitive damages are typically awarded most frequently in drunk driving crashes.
Rideshare Accident Statistics
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study in February 2018 found a 61.8 percent reduction in the alcohol-involved crash rate after Uber’s resumption in Portland, Oregon. Another study published in a July 2018 research brief from the Cato Institute relied on monthly data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and found a 0.8 percent decline in drunk driving offenses for each additional month Uber was available and a 1.6 percent decline in the overall fatal crash rate for each additional quarter Uber was available.
A University of Chicago and Rice University study published in September 2018 found that the arrival of ridesharing was associated with a 2 to 3 percent increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents.” According to the study, a 3 percent annual increase was the equivalent of 987 deaths annually.
Contact a Rideshare Accident Attorney Today
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a rideshare crash? Do not think that you have to figure out how to handle your injury claim on your own.
Attorney Tom has a mission to go above and beyond for clients, so you can be assured that out team is fully committed to helping you get justice. Call 713-244-6363 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.