Dallas Ridesharing Accident Lawyers
If you have been hurt in an accident while riding as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, The Benton Law Firm can help you. These popular ridesharing services help people get to work, run errands, and attend social events, but in the event of an accident, you may need to take legal action to protect yourself, your finances, and your livelihood. A ridesharing accident is different from a regular car accident, so make sure to hire a firm like The Benton Law Firm that has extensive experience handling these specific cases.
In Texas, the law requires ridesharing companies to purchase and carry million-dollar insurance policies to cover passengers in the event of an accident. It is important to note, however, that these powerful ridesharing companies and their associated insurance carriers are looking out for their profits over your safety, and they will likely try to do all they can to minimize your claim or justify an outright denial of your claim. That’s why it is critical that you hire a firm with the right experience, resources, and knowledge to handle your case and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (214) 219-4878, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule your free consultation. You don’t pay us anything unless we win your case!
Why Choose The Benton Law Firm?
For years, The Benton Law Firm has been the trusted law firm for individuals who have been hurt in an accident in Dallas and across the state of Texas. Our team of skilled trial attorneys have prevailed in hundreds of cases and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We understand the intricacies of personal injury law in Texas, and we will not rest until our clients receive the justice they deserve. If you have been hurt in a rideshare collision while as a passenger or if you were in another vehicle that was struck by an Uber or Lyft, you need a legal team that has successfully handled cases just like these to represent you with your claim. Don’t trust your case and your future quality of life to an inexperienced lawyer who is facing these major companies for the first time in their career. Instead, turn to a law firm that knows the tricks Uber and Lyft’s insurance companies will try to use, so let us put our knowledge and skill to work for you.
Trust the team that is truly qualified to handle your claim. People turn to us for help with their rideshare accident claims because:
- We have successfully handled numerous claims on behalf of people injured in Uber and Lyft accidents
- We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured people in Dallas and across Texas
- Our team of compassionate trial attorneys will give your case the personal attention it deserves
- Our consultations are 100% fee and are completely confidential
- You pay us nothing unless we win your case
We know that you never expected to be injured in an accident while utilizing a ridesharing service. Serious injury accidents often have a lasting physical and financial impact on those involved, and the family members of those hurt may also suffer as a result. Don’t let this accident harm your future or your family’s future. Take action today by calling The Benton Law Firm at (214) 219-4878.
How Ridesharing Accidents are Different than Regular Accidents
When you are hurt in an accident in an Uber or Lyft, some common complications may arise when you go to file an injury claim. Because the companies (mainly Uber and Lyft) do not consider their drivers to be employees, but independent contractors, they often use this designation to claim that they are not responsible for the reckless or negligent actions of the driver. The insurance companies often use this “contractor” designation to deny responsibility for your injury and refuse to pay your claim.
Also, when you utilize a ridesharing service, you are not hiring a professional driver with specialized training, you are usually getting in a car with an average person. Without special training or safety protocols, you are trusting your life with a stranger who has no specific driving qualifications other than a drivers’ license, car insurance, a vehicle, and the time to provide the service.
Additional factors to consider are distractions behind the wheel and the driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. Drivers for Uber and Lyft are required to use the services’ mobile apps to pick up fares and navigate to their destination. These apps may pose a significant distraction for the driver, and they may be involved in an accident if they do not pay attention to the road. Because drivers are allowed to make their own hours and work as much as they want, the driver who picks you up may be tired, and their ability to properly operate the vehicle may be impaired.
Ridesharing Accidents and Insurance Policies: Who is Responsible?
If a driver of an Uber or Lyft is involved in a collision, the first thing that must be determined is whether their personal insurance is responsible, or if the ridesharing service is responsible for covering the costs of injuries and damage. Drivers are required to carry auto insurance to work for the company, but Texas law also requires the companies to carry a one million dollar policy in the event of a collision. If the collision occurred while the driver was working for the company in an official capacity, it is likely that the ridesharing company’s insurance is responsible for covering the accident. Uber outlines their policy in the following manner:
- When the Uber app is “on,” and the driver is available to take fares, Uber’s contingent liability coverage, as well as the driver’s auto accident policy, may be utilized. This includes up to $25,000 for property damage and up to $100,000 for injuries
- When the driver is on a trip for Uber, the accident is covered by the company’s commercial insurance policy, providing up to one million in third-party liability and one million in underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage
- When the Uber app is not on, the driver is not officially working for Uber, so the company claims that the drivers’ insurance policy is the only coverage that can be accessed
These policies are specific to Uber, but Lyft has similar coverage available for accidents involving their drivers. Both companies set distinctions of when the driver is “on” and working for the company and when they are “off” and are roaming freely and are not considered to be representatives of the company.
Contact the Uber and Lyft Attorneys at The Benton Law Firm
The major insurance companies who provide coverage to Uber and Lyft deal with thousands of accidents across the United States every single day. Their team of insurance adjusters and attorneys are well-versed in how to handle accident claims, and they will work hard to save the company money by delaying, denying, or underpaying your claim. Don’t leave your health and financial stability up to chance by trusting the companies to do the right thing. Hire a legal team that has a strong track record of success handling these cases. Contact The Benton Law Firm at (214) 219-4878 to get started now.