Injured In A Uber or Lyft?

You may need to talk to a Texas rideshare accident lawyer who can help.

San Jose, Personal Injury Lawyer​

What Can a Texas Rideshare Accident Lawyer Help You With?

A Texas rideshare accident lawyer may be able to help you if you’ve been in a car crash while in an Uber or Lyft – or if you’ve been injured as the result of a driver’s negligence, inaction or commission of a crime. Here’s what you need to know.

If you use Uber, Lyft or another rideshare service to get from Point A to Point B, you’re not alone. Millions of people use these services every day. But what about the many people injured while riding in one of these vehicles – or who are hit by them while in other vehicles, on foot, or on bikes? How about people who are victimized by rideshare drivers? You may need to talk to a Texas rideshare accident lawyer.

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If You're Injured By Someone Else's Negligence,
You Could Be Entitled To Financial Compensation

In Texas, if you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence or because someone purposefully did the wrong thing, you could be entitled to financial compensation that helps you pay for your medical bills, lost income (now and in the future), prescriptions, and pain and suffering. A Texas rideshare lawyer may be able to help you get that compensation.

Generally speaking, if you were injured while you were a rideshare passenger on a trip, you were driving another car and hit by a rideshare driver, or even if you’re a rideshare driver who was injured on a trip, you could be entitled to money.

You may also be entitled to sue if you were:

  • Robbed
  • Physically assaulted or battered
  • Kidnapped
  • Sexually assaulted or raped

You can always call a Texas rideshare accident lawyer to find out whether you have a case.

How a Texas Rideshare Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages

Both Uber and Lyft extend a $1,000,000 insurance policy to drivers and passengers who are in accidents. Your Texas rideshare accident lawyer can help you determine whether that’s available to you. However, the main problem is that neither Uber nor Lyft use law enforcement-quality background checks when they’re hiring drivers; they don’t even meet drivers in person before trusting them with passengers. In fact, there are entire websites dedicated to reports of all kinds of negative incidents that affect passengers using rideshare services, including car accidents and crimes. Many people end up working with a Texas rideshare lawyer to get the help they need… after the fact.

Compensatory Damages

Your Texas rideshare lawyer may be able to help you recover compensatory damages. Under Texas law, you could be entitled to compensatory damages for:

Lost wages

Medical and hospital bills

Rehabilitation or physical therapy costs

Nursing home care & Medications

Domestic services and assistance

Increased living expenses

Mental anguish

Disfigurement

Pain and suffering

Loss of opportunity or loss of enjoyment of life

Punitive Damages

It’s also possible that your Texas rideshare accident lawyer can help you win punitive damages, which really amounts to money a court orders “bad actors” to pay as a form of punishment. (Punitive damages also serve to make an example out of people or companies that choose to do the wrong thing.) You may want to talk to a Texas rideshare lawyer about your case if you’ve been injured in any way as a result of using Uber, Lyft or any other rideshare service.

Could You Settle Out of Court With a Texas Rideshare Accident Lawyer?

The vast majority of lawsuits don’t actually make it to court. In fact, many people who want to file a lawsuit actually settle out of court. So what does that mean?

Usually, when a person is injured because of another person’s (or a company’s) negligence, insurance companies become involved. The insurance company has a representative contact the injured party to try to negotiate a settlement. That really means the rep from the insurance company will contact the victim and offer as little money as possible – sometimes not even enough to cover the victim’s expenses from hospital bills and medical care, let alone lost wages and loss of opportunity.

For this reason alone, you should never talk to an insurance adjuster on your own. You should always refer them to your attorney when they call. That’s because although insurance adjusters sound kind and compassionate, they really have one job: to save their company money. They’re specifically trained to get you to admit fault for your injuries and to talk you into accepting less than what you’re likely to get if you take the lawsuit to court.

Once you get your Texas rideshare accident attorney involved, he will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. You can expect some back-and-forth; usually, the insurance company continues to offer as little as possible. They may budge a little bit at your attorney’s insistence, because they know they have the threat of a lawsuit hanging over them. It can take a while for an insurance company to make an offer you agree to – and sometimes, the insurance company’s final offer just isn’t enough.

If the insurance company won’t make you a fair settlement offer (which is often the case), your attorney might suggest that you file a formal lawsuit in court. That way, the insurance company won’t keep making you offers that won’t cover all your expenses or compensate you fairly for what you’ve been through. Instead, the case will go before a judge and jury – and the judge will decide whether you’re entitled to compensation. When the judge makes a decision, he or she will order the insurance company to pay you a certain amount of money. Often, this amount is higher than what the insurance company was willing to pay in the first place. Additionally, judges can order punitive damages, which you can’t get in a settlement.

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Why Insurance Companies Want to Stay Out of Court

Many insurers will try to avoid court cases, which can work in your favor. That’s because they don’t want the press involved, or because they know they’ll be ordered to pay more than what you’re willing to settle for. This can definitely work to your advantage – so if the insurance company makes a settlement offer that you’re willing to accept, your lawyer may advise you to take it. Additionally, you can expect to be paid faster if you accept a settlement; you don’t have to wait on the court’s timeline or any appeals, like you would if you took the case to court.

Do You Need to Talk to a Texas Rideshare Accident Lawyer?

If you’ve been injured or victimized as a result of using a ridesharing service, we may be able to help you. It can benefit you to talk to a Texas rideshare accident attorney who understands what you’re going through – and we can visit you at home or in the hospital to listen to your side of the story. We’re always willing to fight for people who are entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, so call us or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.

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