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I Was Involved in a Crash While Riding an Uber. What Are My Rights?

 Posted on April 18, 2023 in Car Accidents

Dallas Car Accident LawyerUber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies provide a valuable service to Texans. Whether you catch an Uber because you have had a few cocktails, your car is in the shop, or you do not own a personal vehicle, ride-sharing can be a convenient and cost-effective means of transportation. Unfortunately, taking an Uber does not eliminate the risk of being in an accident.

If you or a loved one were involved in a crash while riding in an Uber vehicle, you may have many questions about your legal rights. Does Uber pay for your medical bills? Do you need to file a claim with the driver’s car insurance company? What happens if you are denied reimbursement for your emergency room expenses or other costs related to the accident?

Rideshare accidents are often especially complicated from a legal perspective. This is why it is so important for anybody who has been seriously hurt in an Uber accident to consult with an attorney experienced in rideshare injury claims. Your lawyer can evaluate the situation and help you pursue compensation for all of your damages.

Who is At Fault for the Crash?

In some cases, the Uber driver is responsible for an accident. The Uber driver may have been speeding, distracted by the Uber app, or simply driving in an unsafe manner. Unlike other types of paid drivers, Uber drivers are not classified as employees. They are independent contractors. Typically, this means that Uber is not liable for a crash even if the Uber driver is at fault. Fortunately, Uber does have a $1,000,000 insurance policy for rideshare accident victims. This is often the first avenue through which you can pursue compensation after a rideshare accident.

Dealing With the Insurance Company

Unfortunately, many Uber accident victims find themselves entrenched in complicated and frustrating discussions with the insurance company after the crash. Insurance companies often try to undervalue and deny claims. Working with a personal injury attorney experienced in rideshare accident claims can be hugely beneficial in a situation like this. Your lawyer's job is to advocate on your behalf and negotiate the highest settlement possible. If the insurance company refuses to offer an adequate settlement, the case may advance to litigation.

Contact our Dallas Rideshare Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were harmed in an accident while riding in an Uber vehicle, contact Jerry D. Andrews, P.C. right away to get the legal advice and guidance you need. Dallas personal injury attorney Jerry D. Andrews devotes 100 percent of his practice to litigation. He has the experience, legal skills, and tenacity needed to put up a good fight against the insurance company. Call 214-221-5800 for a free initial consultation.



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