Rideshare companies have received mixed reactions across the U.S. Some people hail Uber and Lyft as good ways to make money while reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road.
Yet rideshare companies may not always have the safest drivers on the road. When a rideshare accident occurs in Texas, it leaves some question as to who is at fault when multiple parties are involved.
If you’re wrestling with whether to file a claim following an accident, you’re not alone. Rideshare accidents fall under personal injury laws, but it’s not always clear if and how certain laws apply.
This is why rideshare accident attorneys in Texas are available to help sort out the facts. They can help you decide how to file your case, what to claim, and who to seek damages from. First, it’s helpful to understand why rideshare accidents occur and how settlement amounts are determined.
Common Causes Of Rideshare Accidents
Rideshare accidents may occur for a number of reasons, including the following:
- distractions: The number of distracted drivers on the road is likely too many to count. Because some drivers rely on Uber or Lyft for their income, they’re more likely to become distracted by anything from maps to notifications.
- speeding: Any driver can be prone to speeding, but rideshare drivers may take more chances to avoid missing out on rides or having passengers leave bad reviews.
- weather: When the skies turn dark or the air goes foggy, Texas drivers may have a hard time adapting their driving to the new road conditions.
- substance abuse: This cause doesn’t merely include alcohol and drugs. When millions of people take prescription drugs all over the nation, impaired driving may be more common than you think.
- aggression: There have been many stories of aggression between rideshare passengers and drivers. Inappropriate behavior by either party can contribute to an accident.
If you’ve experienced an accident due to these causes, it may be time to file a rideshare accident claim in Texas. Even if you believe you share partial blame for the accident, you may still have a reason to claim damages against the rideshare company, another driver, or even a passenger.
What Are Your Rights After A Rideshare Accident?
You need to first seek the opinion of a qualified medical professional after you’ve sustained an injury. Certain issues, like chronic back pain, may not be evident until months after the accident occurs. If you wait until the pain is severe, your claim could be denied due to the delay.
After you’ve been seen by a doctor, you have the right to contact an attorney. While it may seem logical to go through an insurance carrier before getting a legal professional involved, it’s not recommended. This is because an insurance carrier may not delve very deeply into your case.
An insurance claim may cover medical bills, but not child care expenses that were paid when you were in recovery. The carrier may cover property damage, but turn a blind eye to how your career goals were destroyed by the accident. You don’t have to waste time being denied again and again when you can start with the courts in the first place.
Why File A Rideshare Accident Claim?
Compensation is the first and often the biggest reason for filing a claim after getting into an accident. However, accident victims may have several motivations for filing a claim, such as:
financial compensation: This is the most popular reason for filing a claim. One accident can cause countless disruptions to someone’s life and most of those disruptions are far from free.
holding the guilty party accountable: Regardless of who’s at fault, holding them accountable for the accident is a way to prevent accidents in the future. While no one is perfect, some people take risks that are too severe to ignore.
protecting the innocent: Rideshare companies who change their policies due to a lawsuit can be the key to protecting future rideshare participants (and everyone else on the road, too).
Damages Awarded For Rideshare Accident Claims
Damages are awarded based on the impact an accident has on a person’s life.
Just one accident may result in any or all of the following damages:
- medical bills: Medical expenses that directly result from an accident are the most common damages. Visits to surgeons, general practitioners, physical therapists, and chiropractors could all count as necessary care.
- childcare bills: Did you or your spouse have to pay for additional childcare expenses due to your accident? You can claim this as part of your overall damages.
- mental stress: Accidents and injuries can cause serious emotional distress and psychological pain. This is especially true if it affects your relationships, work life, or hobbies.
- wages: If you can’t work during your recovery, you can file for lost wages. You can also potentially file for projected earnings in certain cases.
- incidental damages: From utility bills to at-home care workers, you can file for all expenses that arose from the effects and complications of the accident.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
Each claim is influenced by the circumstances that surround the injuries. A person with a pre-existing condition will likely have a different impact from an accident than someone without these conditions. A rideshare attorney can help you decide exactly what and how to file.
For example, if your spouse had to arrange time off work when you were injured, then he or she can file for these expenses under loss of consortium. The spouse can also file for the emotional pain of losing your support during the recovery period. An insurance company generally won’t take these matters into account, resulting in a settlement that is thousands of perhaps even millions less than you deserve.
The best way to determine the value of your potential claim is to speak with an experienced rideshare accident attorney.
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Do You Need To Hire A Rideshare Accident Attorney?
The answer is technically no. People hire attorneys because they know they can’t successfully take on the Texas court systems without help. If you were involved in a rideshare accident, you need to focus on getting better. This can be difficult if you’re stuck with endless paperwork. Even people with time to research the laws may find themselves denied because they made an avoidable error somewhere along the way.
It may be tempting to file without an attorney, but the general rule is that you’ll likely receive less than if you’d enlisted the help of a professional. In the worst-case scenario, you may not receive anything at all.
Facts On Rideshare Accidents In Texas
Like most states, Texas doesn’t separate standard accidents from rideshare collisions.
Here are a few facts to know about Texas road conditions:
- In 2017, a person was injured on the road every 2.4 seconds.
- There were 615 pedestrian fatalities in 2017.
- There were 763 deaths resulting from an incident that occurred in an intersection.
List Of Rideshare Accident Attorneys Serving Texas
Not every attorney understands how to tackle the questions raised by the nature of independent contractors and the apps they use. The lawyers at Florin|Roebig have an understanding of how the courts have handled claims in the past.
Our esteemed team of attorneys who handle rideshare accidents include:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig. B.C.S.
- Chase P. Florin, B.C.S.
- Shaun M. Cummings
- Luca G. Esposito
- Chad K. Florin, M.B.A., LL.M.
- Nicholas S. Costantino
- John J. Hart
- Michael A. Ossi, O.C.
- Lawrence J. Najem, O.C.
- Andrew M. Leone, O.C.
- Nollys R. Solarte, O.C.
- Brian R. Dettman, O.C.
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Reach Out For Help With Your Rideshare Accident Claim
Florin|Roebig does not dole out one-size-fits-all advice. When you schedule a consultation with us, you get the customized advice you need to decide if and how to move forward.
We’re here to provide information so you can begin taking steps to get the compensation you deserve. Contact Florin|Roebig today to learn more about the claims process and to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about the details of your claim.