While rideshare programs have provided a convenient method of transportation, many drivers lack the skills to provide a safe experience for passengers and those who share the road. If you have fallen victim to a careless rideshare driver, you have right to be compensated for your injuries, property damage, and suffering. The laws encompassing ridesharing often require greater legal dexterity to navigate, since this driving model is relatively new. In addition, the entity responsible for paying an at-fault ridesharing driver’s claim can be more difficult to prove than that of private drivers. Car accident attorney Luke Dow can meet with you during a free legal consultation at his Austin, TX, practice to discuss your Lyft, Fare, RideAustin, or Uber lawsuit. To review the details of your case and determine the next legal steps, contact our firm today.
Ridesharing Accident Injuries
Ridesharing accident victims stand to endure the same injuries as any car accident victim. Several factors can inform the extent, placement, and severity of your injuries, including where you are seated in the car at the time of impact, if you are wearing a seatbelt, and the speed of an incoming car. Common car accident injuries include:
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries
- Bruises and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Many car accident injuries can result in extensive medical bills and ongoing care, which can not only impact you and your family financially but also take a serious toll on your overall quality of life. To help relieve the burden of an accident, Mr. Dow can help to secure compensation for your injuries.
How Insurance Works in Ridesharing Accidents
Ridesharing accident victims are generally covered by up to one million in liability insurance provided by the ridesharing company, if the victim was injured by a negligent driver while the driver was clocked in. However, this means if you were injured by an at-fault rideshare driver, insurance liability would be triggered only if the ridesharing app was activated at the time of impact. If the app is not on, the driver’s personal insurance would apply to the situation.
Choosing legal representation for your ridesharing accident can be crucial to the success of your claim.
Proving the rideshare driver’s app was on can be a major point of contention. Adding to the complexity of ridesharing accident claims, insurance carriers will typically exclude coverage when an insured vehicle is driven for commercial purposes, such as for Uber or Lyft.
Building Your Case
Choosing legal representation for your ridesharing accident can be crucial to the success of your claim. A lawyer will understand the evidence needed to support your claim, and how to effectively present said evidence to make the strongest possible argument. The evidence that serves as the foundation of your case will begin to accumulate at the scene of the accident. As a result, we recommend that accident victims who are able, should:
- Call the police
- Take photographs or videos of the scene
- Take a picture of the driver
- Collect the driver’s information
- Take witness statements and contact information
- Seek medical attention to document injuries
Using this information, Mr. Dow can determine the best course of legal action for each client. After 20 years of practice, he has the knowledge and prowess needed to navigate the complexities of rideshare accidents. In addition. as a board certified attorney, Mr. Dow has attained the highest level of legal skills and ability in this specific area of the law. As a result, you can trust our team to work tirelessly on your behalf, exploring all possible avenues and using our extensive resources to hold the appropriate parties accountable.
Take Legal Action
To improve your chances of securing full damages after an Uber or Lyft or other ridesharing accident, contact our firm online or call us at (512) 480-9502 and schedule your no-obligation legal consultation with Luke Dow. While you focus on recovery, we can manage your legal proceedings and insurance negotiations.