Texas Uber Accident Lawyer
Uber has revolutionized the way we travel. You don’t have to drive or don’t have to rely on a set public transportation schedule. Simply open your phone, request a ride, and wait for a car to arrive. However, while Uber may be convenient, it’s probably not your safest option.
Uber drivers aren’t professionals. Most are regular people who are trying to earn a few extra bucks with a side gig. They don’t have to receive any special driving education or training. There’s no guarantee that they’re good drivers or have a safe driving record. It’s no surprise that many Texas car accidents involve Ubers.
You might be entitled to compensation if you’ve been involved in an Uber accident in Texas. However, getting the money you deserve can be a challenge. The personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP can help you fight to get the money you deserve. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.
You Deserve an Experienced Texas Uber Accident Attorney on Your Side
Your life can be turned upside down when you get hurt in an Uber accident. Few things will be more important than your pursuit of compensation. Even though you may have a right to demand money, it can be hard to actually get cash in your hands.
Insurance companies will fight you every step of the way. Anyone involved in the crash will point fingers and deny responsibility. You might even be blamed for your injuries. Hiring an attorney can level the playing field and make it a lot easier to get the money you need as you get back on your feet.
At Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP, we’ve been handling complex car accident cases for more than 18 years. We understand how important money can be after an accident. That’s why we’ll do anything we possibly can to secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
We’ll fight for you by:
- Working closely with leading injury experts in Texas as we investigate and build your case
- Standing up to insurance companies on your behalf
- Investigating your crash to determine the cause(s) and who’s to blame, and
- Fighting to minimize your role in the accident if anyone tries to say that you’re at fault.
Our goal is not just to get money on your behalf, but also to help you get all of the money you need. Give our Texas law office a call to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case today.
Who’s Liable For My Injuries After an Uber Accident?
In Texas, anyone who contributes to your accident or causes you to get hurt can be financially responsible for any resulting damages. If you’ve been injured in an Uber accident, you might have a legitimate injury claim for damages against a negligent:
- Uber driver
- Driver of another passenger vehicle
- Truck driver
- Company responsible for a defective product
- Transit company, or
- Government agency.
Did you get hurt in a Texas Uber accident? Is someone else responsible for your injuries because they were negligent or careless? Contact Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP for immediate assistance. We’ll investigate your accident to determine why it happened and who’s to blame. Then we can seek compensation from anyone who played a role in causing you to get hurt.
How Do I Get Money If a Negligent Uber Driver Caused My Accident?
Uber accident cases are challenging, in part, because Uber drivers are classified as independent contractors. They’re not employees of Uber. As a result, Uber is not technically responsible for harm caused by their drivers. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get money if you’re injured in an Uber accident. Uber has liability insurance coverage that might cover you if you get hurt.
You can potentially seek compensation from the negligent Uber driver, their private insurance company, or Uber’s insurance provider. The specific circumstances of your accident will dictate who can be responsible for your injuries.
The Uber Driver Was Off Duty
An Uber driver isn’t always driving for Uber. Their cars are also used for personal reasons, as well. In Texas, everyone – including anyone who drives for Uber – has to purchase and maintain a personal car insurance policy.
If you get into an accident with an off duty Uber driver – someone who is not logged into the Uber app – you’ll have to seek money from the driver or their personal auto insurance coverage. Uber’s insurer will deny any claims that involve off duty drivers.
The Uber Driver Was Waiting For a Ride Request
Sometimes an Uber driver will be logged into the app and waiting for someone to request a ride. They might be driving around or parked on the side of the road. In these situations, Uber’s limited insurance policy kicks in. The company’s policy can cover your injuries if you get hurt while a driver is waiting for a ride request.
Uber’s limited insurance policy covers up to:
- Bodily Injury Coverage: $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident, and
- Property Damage: $25,000 per accident.
However, Uber’s policy is secondary coverage. This means that you’ll still have to look to the driver and/or their personal insurance liability coverage first. You can seek additional compensation above and beyond what the driver and/or their insurance provider can or will pay.
The Uber Driver Had Accepted a Ride Request
Uber’s $1 Million insurance policy becomes effective the moment a driver accepts a ride request in the app. This coverage extends until the passenger has been dropped off at their location and the ride is terminated in the app.
Again, this is secondary coverage. You’ll have to seek compensation from the Uber driver themselves or their personal coverage first. If your damages exceed what you can recover from those sources, you can file a claim with Uber’s $1 million policy.
Can I Get Money If I’m Blamed For a Texas Uber Accident?
You don’t have to be a passenger in an Uber to get hurt in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle. When you’re not a passenger, however, you might actually be blamed for the crash. The Uber driver and/or their insurance provider might try to shift blame to you to avoid liability.
Under Texas state law, sharing fault can hurt your ability to recover compensation. In fact, it could even prohibit you from getting any money, at all. How? After an accident, fault is allocated to everyone who played a role in causing the crash.
Sharing a little bit of the blame will reduce your ability to recover compensation. If you share 20 percent of the blame, your damages will be reduced by 20 percent. However, once you’re allocated more than half of the blame, you’ll be barred from seeking any damages for injuries.
You can be certain that others involved in your Uber accident will try to shift as much of the blame to you, as possible. That’s why you should not hesitate to contact the experienced Texas Uber accident lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP for help after a crash.
We’ll do everything we can to minimize your role in the accident. The less fault allocated to you, the more money you can potentially recover.
What Causes Uber Accidents in Texas?
Car accidents involving Ubers aren’t uncommon in Texas. Why? Uber accidents can happen when Uber drivers:
- Are distracted by their phones, GPS, passengers, or the Uber app
- Are looking for a passenger rather than paying attention to the traffic around them
- Park or stop illegally
- Speed, tailgate, or engage in other dangerous driving behaviors
- Fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians, or
- Use drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
Other factors that can cause Texas Uber accidents include hazardous road conditions, harsh traffic or weather conditions, and defective vehicles or safety equipment.
What Damages Can I Get After I’m Hurt in a Texas Uber Accident?
When you get hurt in an Uber accident and someone else is to blame, you may have the right to seek compensation. This might include money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement, and more.
Not sure how to move forward after you’ve been injured in an Uber accident in Texas? Let the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP help. Contact our Texas law firm today to schedule your free case assessment and learn more.
How Long Do I Have to Seek Compensation After an Uber Accident?
It depends. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is typically two years. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you’ll have to do so within two years of the date of your accident. You’ll lose out on valuable compensation if you hesitate or wait too long.
You’ll have to act quickly if you want to file an insurance claim for benefits. Insurance companies tend to reserve the right to deny your Uber claim if it’s not filed within a reasonable amount of time after you get hurt. Policies vary from company to company.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed after an accident. You don’t have to seek money on your own. Our experienced legal team can help. Give us a call as soon as you can after your accident. We’ll handle all aspects of your legal case while you focus on getting better.
Call Our Texas Uber Accident Attorneys For Help
Are you struggling with an injury after you were involved in an accident with an Uber in Texas? You might be entitled to compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP are here to help you fight to recover substantial monetary damages.
Since 2001, we’ve represented injured car accident victims across the state of Texas. If you’ve been injured, we’ll fight for you, too. Reach out to us online or give us a quick call to discuss your case today. We have offices in Austin and Waco to assist you, and home and hospital visits are available.