With rideshare services being utilized more than ever, popular rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are making it easier for people to live and work without a vehicle. These services have also become society’s greatest resource against drunk driving.
However, ridesharing still involves as many dangers as it does safety measures. The number of car accidents has remained steady even with the introduction of services such as Lyft and Uber. Additionally, if you are involved in a rideshare accident, it can become difficult and confusing to manage.
If you are injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, contact our professional rideshare accident attorney in San Antonio. We understand the laws regarding these services and can guide you through the legal process, earning you the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
Call the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez to schedule your free consultation.
Understanding Your Rights
Knowing your rights and the responsibilities and liabilities of a rideshare driver is important. Drivers are put in a unique position carrying both liability insurance coverage under the service’s policy, as well as their own.
If a driver is online, currently accepting passengers through the rideshare service platform, the rideshare driver’s insurance company is typically liable. However, if the driver is offline, their personal auto insurance is liable.
When the driver is online but between passengers, that is when it becomes tricky, and you will need the legal experience of an Uber accident attorney in San Antonio.
There are additional forms of negligence pertaining to rideshare drivers outside of accidents, including
- Assault & Battery
- Animal attack
No matter how you sustained your injury, the San Antonio Lyft accident lawyers at the Law Office of Jesse Hernandez can help you get the justice you deserve.
Steps to Take After a Rideshare Accident
If you are injured in an accident involving a Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare service, it is important to take the following steps to ensure the protection of your legal rights.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Make sure you see a doctor for any injury and start treatment for your injuries ASAP.
- Report the accident. Speak with your insurance company and the ridesharing company and explain basic facts about the accident.
- Get a copy of the accident report. If law enforcement responded to your accident, reach out to obtain a copy of their report.
- Collect all documentation. Everything from accident reports, medical records, bills, receipts, and photos.
- Refer all parties to your lawyer. Do not speak to anyone other than your attorney or accept any financial settlement without your attorney present.
Dealing with Multiple Parties
As if car accident claims involving personal injuries weren’t already complicated, being involved in a claim with a rideshare driver adds a new wrinkle of difficulty to your case. With your insurance, the driver’s insurance, and the rideshare company’s insurance all being involved, alongside lawyers and doctors, it becomes hard to keep everything straight.
Each insurance company has its own set of policies and deals with claims differently, making it incredibly confusing to handle on your own. Trust our highly-skilled law firm to help you navigate the legal process and negotiate on your behalf to get you the maximum compensation you need when you need it.
It is important to understand that these claims work the same whether you are a Lyft or Uber driver, a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, or the driver of another vehicle that collides with a rideshare vehicle.
Will There Be Repercussions if I File a Claim?
Many people that rely on rideshare services are afraid to file a claim thinking they will be banned from using the service again. This is simply not true. These companies have insurance and understand that injury claims are a part of doing business.
Uber and Lyft are large corporations with extensive insurance coverage. As long as your claim is valid, well-documented, and handled by a skilled lawyer, you will not have to worry about any punishment or permanent ban from using the service.
Get the Help You Need
The Law Office of Jesse Hernandez has earned a reputation for excellent communication and representation, as well as a record of results that speaks for itself. We are highly-trained, experienced, and skilled at pursuing the compensation you need after a rideshare accident. If you, or someone you love, suffered an injury during a crash involving an Uber or Lyft driver in Texas, contact us today for your free case evaluation.