Dallas Lyft and Uber Accident Lawyer
Our rideshare accident attorneys can handle your injury claim or lawsuit
Rideshare accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers can be complicated legal cases. Whether you’re a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or driving or riding in another car, such car accidents often result in serious injuries, including whiplash and concussions.
When this happens, it’s important to make sure you get immediate medical attention, including emergency medical care if necessary at Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, or another hospital emergency room.
It’s also critical that you get legal advice right away. That way, you will know what your legal options are when it comes to ridesharing accidents in Texas. The experienced Dallas Lyft and Uber accident lawyers at The Marye Law Firm can help you every step of the way. We know the law. We understand how the system works. And we’re serious about winning your case.
Why do Lyft and Uber accidents happen?
Car accidents caused by drivers working for Uber (including Uber XL or Uber Black drivers) or Lyft (including Lyft XL or Lyft Lux Black drivers) often occur because the rideshare driver was not paying attention or doing something they should not have been doing behind the wheel. Such reckless or negligent behavior can cover a wide range, including:
- Texting while driving
- Looking up directions while driving
- Communicating with a rideshare customer while driving
- Speeding or going too fast
- Running a red light or other examples of dangerous driving
Rideshare drivers need to be responsible behind the wheel at all times. Whether they’re transporting a passenger, picking up someone, or checking their phone for another customer, their focus needs to be on the road. If not, they need to be held accountable for their actions.
When is a rideshare driver on duty?
This might not seem important in terms of your accident. But whether or not an Uber or Lyft driver is on duty can make a big difference in the outcome of your injury claim and potential legal case.
Rideshare drivers are not just on duty when they have a passenger in their vehicle. Lyft and Uber drivers are considered on duty and working if they’re doing any of the following activities:
- Driving with an Uber or Lyft passenger in the vehicle.
- Driving to pick up an Uber or Lyft passenger.
- Looking up directions for a work-related trip.
- Talking to a customer or someone from the rideshare company on the phone.
- Simply having the rideshare app on, regardless of whether they have a passenger in the vehicle.
If any of these situations occurred when your accident took place, this could make a big difference in the outcome of your legal case. That’s why it’s important to know what the rideshare driver was doing at the time of your Lyft or Uber accident.
Who’s responsible for paying for my accident?
In most car accident cases in Texas, it’s the at-fault party’s responsibility to financially compensate injury victims for all their accident-related expenses. In terms of Uber or Lyft accidents, the at-fault party responsible for compensating you could be one or more people or companies. This includes:
- The rideshare driver.
- The rideshare driver’s insurance company
- The ridesharing company itself.
- The insurance company representing Uber or Lyft.
This might seem straightforward. But what can make such legal cases so complicated has a lot to do with a rideshare driver’s employment status. Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber insist that their drivers are not employees. Instead, these companies classify their drivers as independent contractors – and they often try to claim they are not responsible for paying for your injury-related expenses. Don’t take their word for it. Talk to a lawyer and learn more about your available legal options.
Can I sue Uber or Lyft?
The short answer? It depends. You may have the right to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against Uber or Lyft if a ridesharing driver working for either company caused your car accident. Or, you may need to sue the driver, but the rideshare company’s insurance will still pay for your accident.
Either way, you’re in for a tough battle. The insurance companies have entire teams of attorneys who work for them with one goal in mind – to reduce or deny your accident claim.
This is why it’s essential that you have an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer on your side. You need an attorney who understands how the system works when it comes to rideshare accident claims in Texas. You also need a fearless legal advocate who will vigorously fight for your rights in court. That’s why you need The Marye Law Firm on your side.
Learn more about your legal rights. Contact us
For more than two decades, our attorneys have been building successful legal cases in response to complex car accidents. As a result, we’re familiar with deadlines and other legal restrictions that apply to ridesharing accident claims. We know what evidence to look for and how to negotiate effectively with Uber, Lyft, and the insurance companies that represent them.
Make your legal case matter. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with a Dallas car accident attorney you can trust to fight for your rights. We have the knowledge, the skills, and the drive you need to win. Call now. We’re serious about winning your case.
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