Injuries sustained in an Uber or Lyft accident can be incredibly severe. Many of these accident cases occur at high speeds on the highway and can result in serious injury, disability, or death. Victims of an Uber or Lyft accident may be entitled to substantial financial compensation for their injuries.
For a free legal consultation on your car accident case, call the Dallas Uber and Lyft accident lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm today. Our attorneys represent victims in serious accidents and fight to get them and their families the compensation they deserve for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. For a free legal consultation on your Uber or Lyft accident case, contact our law offices today at (817) 476-1797.
Who Is Liable for My Uber or Lyft Accident Injuries in Dallas?
In most cases, you cannot sue Uber or Lyft for the injuries you sustained in an Uber/Lyft accident. Because these companies hire drivers as independent contractors, the drivers do not technically work for Uber or Lyft and these companies cannot be held accountable for their mistakes. However, you can always sue the driver who caused the accident, and Uber and Lyft’s additional insurance policies may help to cover the damages in your case.
In any auto accident case, you must prove that the other driver was at fault before the court can award you compensation for your injuries. In an Uber or Lyft case, this may mean accusing the Uber or Lyft driver or another driver. If you were a passenger, you can recover compensation from whichever driver was at fault in causing the crash. If you were another driver hit by an Uber/Lyft driver, you can seek compensation from the driver that hit you. Similarly, pedestrians and cyclists can also sue the Uber/Lyft driver who caused the crash. Uber and Lyft drivers can also file lawsuits for accidents if another driver caused the crash.
Whenever an Uber or Lyft car is involved in an accident in Dallas, there is a possibility that Uber and Lyft’s insurance policies might cover the damages. Any time that an Uber or Lyft driver is off-duty, they are treated like any other driver, and their personal insurance policy covers their accident. However, if they have the app open and are on-duty, supplemental policies might cover their case.
In an accident that takes place while the Uber or Lyft driver has the app open but has not accepted a ride yet, a policy covering up to $50,000 per person in injuries might cover the accident. If the driver’s rideshare or commercial driver’s insurance policy provides higher coverage, that may cover the accident instead.
In an accident that takes place between the time that the driver accepts a ride and drops off the passenger, the rideshare company’s premium $1 million insurance policy should cover the accident. This can provide supplemental coverage even if the drivers have their own insurance and may cover injuries to passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, other drivers, passengers in other cars, and the Uber or Lyft driver themselves.
Talk to a lawyer before accepting any money from these policies. Because settlement offers and insurance payments offered outside of court might follow the insurance policy’s rules, they may not cover damages in full and may exclude damages for pain and suffering. Talk to a lawyer about filing a lawsuit and maximizing your recovery.
Getting Compensated for an Uber or Lyft Accident Injury Claim
If you were injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you may face severe injuries. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for many groups, and those fortunate enough to survive a serious car crash may face severe injuries and disabilities from the collision. In many cases, these injuries might entitle you to financial compensation that should cover the total costs stemming from the injury, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Medical bills for car accident injuries depend heavily on the injuries you sustained. Even moderate injuries like broken bones require medical attentional and doctor’s appointments, but more severe injuries like traumatic amputation, brain injury, or spinal cord injury and paralysis result in ongoing medical care costs. Doctor’s appointments, hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other medical costs should all be paid for in an Uber or Lyft accident lawsuit.
If your injuries were severe, you may have missed work. In many cases, you will be able to return to work after the injury, but your lawsuit should still cover the wages you missed in the meantime. If your injury requires you to take a lower-paying job or work with modified job tasks because of your injuries, you may be entitled to claim the difference in lost wages. If you cannot work anymore, you may also be entitled to lost wages caused by your injuries and disability.
Injuries can come with differing levels of pain and suffering in each case. The law authorizes damages to compensate you directly for the physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional distress of an injury, which can often supply some of the biggest parts of your compensation. Talk to a lawyer about what your case is worth before accepting any damages from the drivers or insurance companies involved in your case.
Call Our Dallas Uber and Lyft Car Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
After being involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft car or while riding as an Uber or Lyft passenger, contact an experienced Dallas Uber and Lyft car accident lawyer for help seeking compensation for your injuries. Our Dallas rideshare accident injury attorneys represent victims and their families and work hard to get our clients the financial compensation they need. For your free legal consultation, call a Dallas personal injury lawyer at The Queenan Law Firm today at (817) 476-1797.