As of now, there are roughly two million Uber and Lyft drivers here in the United States. Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular means of transportation, and for several reasons. To start, they are often more affordable, and they’re also virtually everywhere, making them even more accessible than standard taxi services. That said, Uber and Lyft drivers are only human, and, just like any other human, they have the capacity to behave negligently. If you were recently injured in a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver, a San Angelo Uber/Lyft accident lawyer from The Mathis Law Firm is ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.
Do I Need to Hire an Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer?
Uber and Lyft crashes aren’t different from “standard” motor vehicle crashes in their nature, but the way in which victims are compensated is vastly different. This is because both Uber and Lyft have liability coverage systems in place to compensate injury victims, and you’ll need a San Angelo, Texas auto accident lawyer who understands exactly how these systems work.
For example, the compensation Uber or Lyft will provide to an injury victim will depend largely on when and how the individual was hurt. In most cases, if the Uber/Lyft driver was not yet logged into the ridesharing app at the time of the accident, Uber/Lyft will not provide liability coverage, and you will instead have to sue the driver’s private insurance company for compensation. From there, Uber/Lyft will provide compensation in increasing increments, depending on whether the driver was logged in but had not yet accepted a ride, was logged in and en route to pick up a passenger, or if the driver crashed with a passenger in the car.
Causes of Uber and Lyft Crashes in Texas
Just like other motor vehicle collisions, Uber/Lyft crashes are typically the result of negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligence on the road are as follows:
- Speeding to pick up passengers/get them to their destinations on time
- Driving while intoxicated
- Distracted driving, such as looking at a GPS while behind the wheel
- Ignoring traffic lights or signs
- Stopping in prohibited zones
- Making unsafe turns or lane changes
- Looking out for passengers and taking eyes off the road
- Failure to yield
- Sudden stops to let passengers out or suddenly speeding away before discharging passengers
If you were injured because of any of the aforementioned, there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid personal injury claim against the Uber or Lyft driver in question.
To win a personal injury claim, you and your Uber/Lyft accident lawyer will need to gather and present evidence to prove you were hurt as a direct result of another party’s negligence. This can include witness statements, pictures of the accident and its aftermath, medical documentation, and a copy of the police accident report, among other things.
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, you should receive compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred, which can include:
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- The cost of lost wages
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
Contact an Uber/Lyft Accident Lawyer Today
There is nothing worse than being hurt in a car crash, especially when the injury requires medical care, time out of work, and more. If you were hurt in an Uber or Lyft collision, our firm is on your side. Contact The Mathis Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.