Dallas Uber and Lyft Accident Lawyer
Catching a ride with Uber or Lyft rideshare companies is becoming more and more common all across Texas, and especially in the Dallas area. Don’t want to drive home from a party? Call Uber. Don’t want to pay to park your car at the airport? Hail a Lyft driver.
But what happens if there’s an accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving Uber or Lyft rideshare drivers, you should consult our Dallas Uber & Lyft rideshare accident lawyers. An auto accident involving a rideshare driver is different than other auto accidents, because there are two insurance companies involved. We know all the ins and outs of who is responsible to compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Whether you were the passenger in the rideshare vehicle and you were injured, or you were driving and a rideshare vehicle hit you, our Pintas & Mullins, a Dallas car accident law firm, can help.
If you’ve been injured in an accident where a rideshare driver was involved, avoid talking to any insurance adjusters or signing any paperwork until after you’ve consulted with a lawyer. We can meet with you at your home, in your hospital room, in our office — anywhere that is convenient for you.
The Texas Rideshare Law
The new Texas rideshare law went into effect in 2017, and lays out statewide regulations covering Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), including regulating insurance coverage. Both the TNC driver and the TNC are responsible for insurance coverage in the event of an accident.
The Driver’s Insurance Requirements
An Uber or Lyft driver must maintain proof of registration and minimum auto insurance for every vehicle used in their rideshare gig, as required by Texas law. Their insurance covers them when the rideshare app is not on. If the rideshare app is on, the TNC insurance kicks in.
The TNC’s Insurance Requirements
Anytime the driver’s rideshare app is on, the TNC insurance coverage is in place, even if no one except the driver is in the car. Their auto insurance covers when drivers are between rides, and includes:
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death for each person involved in an accident
- $100,000 for bodily injury or death of a person per incident
- $25,000 for damage to or destruction of the property of others per incident
The TNC auto insurance coverage for each of their drivers when they are actively engaged in a ride includes a total combined limit of $1 million for death, bodily injury, and property damage for each incident.
In the event one of their drivers is involved in an accident, the rideshare companies and their insurance companies may try to say the driver is solely responsible, since they are an independent contractor, and not actually an employer. Knowing which insurance company to file a claim with and who is ultimately responsible for paying your medical bills if you are injured can be complicated. That’s why consulting with onf of our Dallas Uber & Lyft rideshare accident lawyers would be a really good idea.
Our lawyers know how to get the driver’s cell phone records, how to determine if the rideshare app was on or off at the time of the accident, and how to find answers for the questions the police report doesn’t answer. We know the laws, and how insurance companies work. We can help you sort through the red tape, to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The big insurance companies who provide insurance policies to Uber and Lyft handle thousands of accident claims every day. Their teams of insurance adjusters and attorneys get paid to save the company money and deny claims outright, or pay as little as possible. Our team works hard to ensure you get the best settlement possible. We understand your health and financial stability is at stake, and you need an insurance settlement that will cover your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
You need to focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us focus on negotiating with the insurance companies.
Talk to Experienced Dallas Uber & Lyft Rideshare Accident Lawyers for Free
Speaking to one of our experienced Dallas Uber & Lyft rideshare accident lawyers is free and may be the best decision you make after your accident. When we meet with you, we’ll talk with you about the accident, the extent of your injuries, and discuss any offers the insurance company(ies) have already made to help you decide how to move forward.