McAllen Uber and Lyft Accident Attorney
Many Texas car accidents involve drivers who work for rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft. Although Texas is a fault insurance state, seeking compensation after a rideshare accident can be complex due to Uber and Lyft liability rules. In these situations, the McAllen Uber and Lyft accident attorney at De La Garza Law Firm can help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Us
- Our attorney is a tough negotiator who will not hesitate to pursue your case to the furthest extent to secure a fair settlement.
- We value direct, honest communication throughout your claim. Our lawyer will handle your case from start to finish, answering any questions you may have.
- Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis for maximum affordability. If we do not secure compensation in your case, you will not owe legal fees.
Who Is Liable in a Rideshare Accident?
Liability in a rideshare accident depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. Texas is a fault accident state, meaning that drivers who cause collisions are responsible for their victims’ damages. The driver who caused the accident will be liable for your losses.
- If the rideshare driver caused the collision, he or she will be responsible for paying for your damages. Depending on the stage of the ride that he or she was in at the time of the crash, you could file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the driver directly or you can file an insurance claim under the rideshare company’s policy.
- If a third-party driver caused the accident, he or she will be liable for the collision. You can file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
- If a vehicle defect contributed to the crash, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the defective part.
Many people wonder if they can file a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft directly after an accident. Since these companies consider their drivers to be independent contractors instead of employees, you cannot file a lawsuit against them directly.
How Are Rideshare Accidents Different from Normal Car Crashes?
In a normal car crash, the at-fault driver’s personal insurance policy typically pays for your damages. When a rideshare driver is involved, however, you could file a claim under Uber or Lyft insurance coverage. The amount of insurance coverage a driver receives depends on the stage of the ride.
- If the driver was not logged into the app, the company does not provide coverage.
- If the driver is logged into the app but has not accepted a ride, the company provides $50,000 injury liability per person, $100,000 total injury liability, and $25,000 in property damage coverage.
- If the driver is on the way to pick up a passenger or the passenger is inside the vehicle, liability coverage increases to $1 million.
Pursuing Damages for an Accident in an Uber or Lyft
Through a rideshare accident claim, you can recover compensation for financial, emotional, and physical damages you sustained in the crash. Common damages in Uber and Lyft accident claims include the following.
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings
- Property damage, including vehicle repairs
- Chronic pain
- Disability or disfigurement
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of quality of life
Contact a McAllen Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, the McAllen Uber and Lyft accident attorney at De La Garza Law Firm can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your legal options with our personal injury lawyer.