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Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer in Houston, TX
Helping Victims Of Ridesharing Accidents Through Complex Recovery
Thousands of people around Houston rely on Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies for transportation every day. Whether it’s for a ride home after a night out, a ride to the airport to avoid parking fees, or a doctor’s visit across town, you expect to get to your destination safely. However, Uber and Lyft drivers don’t need special training or licensing, and often, they’re focused on rushing from one customer to the next and driving for long hours so they can earn more money. It’s no surprise then that accidents caused by driver recklessness and negligence happen, and if you’ve been injured, you need a rideshare accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
How Rideshare Accidents Differ from Other Car Accidents
While Uber and Lyft have become incredibly popular, they’re still fairly new and determining fault and liability can be incredibly complicated. Even though drivers are required to have personal car insurance, the drivers’ insurance companies generally don’t cover accidents that occur while the driver is working or logged into their Uber or Lyft app.
On the other hand, you may be eligible for damages for your accident under Uber or Lyft insurance policies if you were injured in an accident for which a rideshare driver was at fault or if you were injured while riding as a passenger of a rideshare vehicle regardless if it was your driver or another driver who was at fault.
Can You Sue Uber or Lyft?
Uber and Lyft drivers are not actually employees of the companies; they are independent contractors. This status makes it very challenging to hold the company itself accountable for any negligence, though it is possible to recover damages through their liability insurance.
However, if there were red flags on the driver’s record that the company missed, this can be a sign they were negligent during hiring. This can make them liable directly and may be named in a lawsuit.
Why You Need an Attorney After an Uber or Lyft Accident
After being injured in an accident, you’re focusing on recovering from your physical and emotional trauma, and during this time, medical bills are beginning to come in and you’re unable to work. If you are approached to settle your case, you may think this is for the best, but it’s important to be aware that insurance companies are looking out for themselves. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible.
Having an attorney who can investigate the cause of the accident, determine who is at fault, and how much your case is worth is essential to securing appropriate compensation for your injuries. At Ivey Law Firm, our rideshare accident attorneys have the experience necessary to negotiate and litigate complex recovery cases that involve third-party liability. In addition to our experience, we are passionate about justice and are dedicated to fighting for our clients to help them get the settlement they deserve.
We are ready to take action on your behalf even when your case presents multiple challenges, including:
- The company failed to properly screen the driver for accident history.
- Insurance coverage for rideshare drivers is complex.
- Multiple insurance providers may be involved and the circumstances of the accident could determine from which provider to pursue payment.
- State laws surrounding ridesharing are evolving, and we stay on top of recent legal developments and will use them to our advantage.
Schedule a FREE Consultation with a Rideshare Accident Attorney in Houston
If you’ve been injured after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft, we understand how complex this issue is and how to recover the damages you deserve. Schedule a free case consultation and evaluation with an attorney today by calling 888-335-0015 or filling out the form below.