Who is Responsible for Rideshare Accidents Caused By a Third-Party?
Our Austin rideshare accident attorneys at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys know that Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies provide valuable services throughout the state of Texas. Whether you are a tourist or business person who needs a ride from the airport to your hotel or are simply heading out for a few drinks with friends, using rideshare may be your most cost-effective option.
Because of Uber and Lyft’s popularity in The Lone Star State, rideshare accidents are becoming increasingly common. Some of these crashes with injuries are caused by distracted, speeding, or impaired rideshare drivers, and can be handled by our Texas personal injury attorneys who understand the intricacies of rideshare accidents and insurance coverage.
In Texas, there is one reportable crash every 1.7 seconds, and an accident with injury every 2.34 minutes. Some of these crashes are caused by negligent rideshare drivers or other motorists who collide with them while they are transporting a passenger.
If you were a passenger who was injured in a Texas Uber or Lyft accident caused by a negligent third party, we stand ready to help you. Call (512) 883-0277 today.
How Do I Pursue the Third-Party Who Caused My Texas Rideshare Accidents & Injuries?
A rideshare passenger may file a claim with Uber or Lyft’s policy if the rideshare driver is responsible for the accident.
However, if a third party — meaning a motorist other than the rideshare driver — caused the crash, the rideshare passenger may pursue the third party’s insurance coverage for his or her damages by filing a personal injury claim. The same is true for an injured rideshare driver.
If the at-fault third-party driver was uninsured, the passenger and the rideshare driver may file a personal injury claim against Uber or Lyft’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Like all car accident claims, our skilled Texas rideshare accident and injury attorneys will outline the insurance coverage that applies to your situation, so you can pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries.
What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Rideshare Accident in Texas?
If you have been injured in an Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare accident, take the following steps for your safety and to help preserve evidence:
- Call 911 and ask for law enforcement to report to the scene of the crash. This creates a police report of the event and establishes proof the accident occurred.
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene and all vehicles involved.
- Speak with eyewitnesses, when applicable, and record their names and contact information.
- Write down the Uber or Lyft driver’s information.
- Take screenshots of the rideshare reservation, location on the map, the time of the crash, and your receipt directly from the app.
- Seek medical care right away to diagnose your injuries and create a treatment plan.
- Contact our skilled Texas rideshare accident attorneys to ensure your rights are protected going forward.
Rideshare accidents are complex, especially when a third party may be liable for the collision. Even when negligence — like running a red light or driving while impaired — was clearly a factor, the at-fault party’s insurance company is going to put up a fight.
We stand ready to help you pursue a positive outcome, starting with a free consultation.
Have You Been Injured in a Texas Rideshare Accident? We Can Help.
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one during a rideshare accident in Texas, call our skilled Austin personal injury attorneys at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys at (512) 883-0277 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.
We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you.