Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services have become incredibly convenient and useful in recent years. Not only do they help prevent drunk driving, but they allow people to carpool and get to and from their destination of choice with ease. While these car services are undoubtedly a great way to get where you are going, they are still susceptible to accidents and the same hazardous road conditions as any other vehicle. So the question is raised, what do I do if I am injured in an Uber accident? These types of cases can be difficult to navigate given their complicated nature, but it is important you take the time to understand your rights and what steps you should immediately take following the incident. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the Uber accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, determining liability in an Uber accident isn’t as straightforward as you may think.
Who is Liable Following an Uber Accident?
If you are involved in an accident while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, it is important you proceed in the same way you would a standard accident claim. For example, if you are a passenger in the Uber vehicle you will want to collect all contact and insurance information from both drivers. If you are a passenger in another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a cyclist who is struck by an Uber driver, make sure you exchange information with the driver in the same way you would in a regular accident. As with any other car accident, take pictures and document the scene in order to support your claim, should you need to file one.
Both Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees, which means the car service companies are technically not liable for any injuries caused by an accident. While Uber and Lyft provide insurance coverage for every single trip, because of the independent contractor status of drivers, it is quite difficult to file a claim against Uber. The bottom-line? It will be much easier for you to file a claim and pursue compensation through the Uber driver’s personal insurance. As you may have figured out by now, issues of injury by an Uber driver are rather fuzzy, namely because of the insurance policy and independent contractor status. While Uber claims it is not responsible for the actions of its drivers (in an accident scenario or otherwise), but you will be able to pursue a claim against the driver. Without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, your chances of receiving much in the way of damages are limited. It is no secret that Uber has deep pockets (it is a billion-dollar company), but it has worked hard to protect itself in these scenarios.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer from Rad Law Firm
Your best bet when injured by an Uber driver? Contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer from Rad Law Firm. Our lawyers have experience handling these types of cases and will fight for your rights for compensation in a court of law. We will help you pursue action against the driver and will investigate your case in order to determine liability. If you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber vehicle, or as a passenger, driver, pedestrian, or cyclist, please contact Rad Law Firm today.