Ridesharing services like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and others are a convenient way to travel in and around Corpus Christi. However, there is nothing convenient about being hurt in a ridesharing accident, either as a passenger, motorist, or pedestrian.
Figuring out who is liable for your injuries and damages is far more complex in a ridesharing accident. You are invited to call the office of a Corpus Christi ridesharing accident lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options for compensation.
Contact Ben Crump, PLLC for a free consultation. Call (800) 598-7557 to speak with a member of our team today.
We Understand Ridesharing Accidents
Under Texas liability and negligence laws, anyone who causes or contributes to your bodily injuries can be financially responsible for damages, such as medical bills or lost wages. When you are injured in a ridesharing accident, seeking these damages is more complex.
A Corpus Christi ridesharing accident lawyer can help if you were injured in this type of collision as a:
- Motorcycle operators and passengers
- Rideshare driver
You have a limited time to take legal action. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you have two years from the date you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit. To ensure that you have plenty of time to fully exert your legal options, please contact Ben Crump, PLLC today for a free case review with one of our team members.
For a free legal consultation with a ridesharing accidents lawyer serving Corpus Christi, call 800-959-1444
We Identify Liable Parties to Hold Them Accountable
A study by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on ridesharing companies describes the difficulty in assigning liability as “blurred lines.” Ridesharing drivers are not company employees, nor are they traditional livery or taxi service providers. If you are trying to navigate the legal and insurance regulations after a rideshare accident, you may find yourself with more questions than answers.
A ridesharing accident lawyer with our firm can navigate these tricky regulations for you. The largest and most prominent rideshare companies, Uber and Lyft, each carry a $1 million insurance policy for bodily injury and liability. However, certain conditions apply to file a claim, depending on the circumstances and timeline of the accident.
Recovering Damages “On the App”
In general, the rideshare company’s liability begins from the time the driver accepts your passenger request on the app until the ride is over or when the driver completes the transaction on the app (whichever lasts longer).
This time “on the app” includes:
- When the driver is on the way to pick up passengers.
- When the driver has passengers.
- When the driver is accepting requests in between picking up and transporting passengers.
Injured motorists, pedestrians, and other third-party individuals would usually be covered by the rideshare liability policy when the rideshare driver is on the app.
Recovering Damages “Off” the App
If you or a loved one was injured by a driver who is “off the app”–neither accepting passenger requests nor transporting passengers–you would likely seek compensation from the driver’s personal auto insurance coverage.
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How a Ridesharing Accident Lawyer Helps
You could spend the next several weeks, months, or longer recovering from your injuries. The last thing you need is to deal with an insurance adjuster who may try to pressure you into accepting a lowball offer.
A ridesharing accident lawyer with our firm will communicate with the insurance company (and other involved parties) while you focus on resting and feeling better.
Our legal team can:
- Review police reports, accident reports, witness statements, accident photos, and driver’s safety, training, and driving information
- Secure documentation about the extent and severity of your injuries
- Obtain testimony from experts if needed
- Evaluate your damages for both present and future losses
Ben Crump, PLLC has helped injured clients recover damages after an accident or injury that was caused by someone’s wrongdoing or error. We would be honored to help you and your loved ones.
Compensation for Your Damages
You may be entitled to compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages that may include:
- Emergency department care
- Medical tests
- Other expenses related to medical care and treatment
- Lost pay for the time you missed at work because of injury
- Reduced income due to injuries if you must work part-time or make other adjustments that affect your income
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss or damage
Your lawyer may seek additional damages if you are disabled or have a chronic medical condition due to your injuries.
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Our Suggestions After a Ridesharing Accident
A ridesharing accident lawyer with Ben Crump, PLLC is your confidential advocate who is here to support you throughout your case. While we take care of the many details and tasks associated with pursuing compensation for you, there are a few things you can do to help your case, including:
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for your best health and to avoid giving the insurance company a reason to question the validity of your claim
- Avoid posting comments and pictures on social media
- Allow your attorney to speak on your behalf and to give you guidance on your written statement to the insurance company
Texas law has specific ridesharing requirements. Texas House Bill 100 does require that rideshare companies obtain a permit from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Ridesharing companies must pay an annual fee to operate in Texas. The law also requires that drivers have a yearly background check.
Call Us Today to Learn More
If an accident involving Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing company has left you injured and with damages, you can call the office of a Corpus Christi ridesharing accident lawyer. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost pay, pain and suffering, and other losses caused by an accident that was not your fault.
Call Ben Crump, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 for a free case review today.