Rideshare Car Accident Lawyers
What To Do If You’re In a Ride Share Car Accident
Ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber, are becoming the fastest growing modes of transportation in the state of Texas and across the United States. The services offered by these ridesharing companies are convenient and cost effective but they may not have properly trained drivers on the road. The lax hiring requirements for drivers and lack of supervision has led to their drivers being involved in a quite startling number of auto accidents within Fort Worth and Texas.
It is no wonder that Texas legislature passed new regulations that sought to curb this trend. The new legislation came into effect on January 1, 2016. It contains several provisions to try and make ridesharing more safe. It includes sections requiring drivers to reveal their cellphone use. The legislature also now requires ridesharing companies to have one million dollars in their insurance.
As it is common with any new law or service, the concept of ridesharing and the new ridesharing laws have brought about some confusion among the legal professionals. There are quite a few attorneys in Texas who are uninformed with the new concept of ridesharing or how to handle a matter against Lyft or Uber properly. Our rideshare injury lawyers in Fort Worth are at the forefront of tracking this case law as it develops. If you happen to be involved in an accident while riding as a passenger in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, then call our attorneys for help and a free consultation at 800-863-5312.
You may also need to know the following important things:
You should identify the driver who caused the accident
It is possible to get injured while as a passenger of a ridesharing service and you will need to know the driver to blame for the accident. This fact is very important as it will be used by your legal experts to seek compensation for the accident. You should have logged onto a ridesharing app and ordered an Uber or Lyft to qualify for this kind of insurance coverage. Your attorney will help you in investigating your accident based on the facts you present to them. This will be for purposes of identifying whether the ridesharing factor will apply in your case or not.
Insurance coverage differs depending on whether driver was “on the clock” or logged in
In every ridesharing case, the key question always remains to ascertain the driver’s status when the accident occurred. It is important to determine whether the driver was either logged in their ridesharing app, looking for a ride, providing a ride to a customer, logged out of their app or “off the clock” at the exact time of the accident. Per Texas law, if a driver is available to get ride requests after logging into their ridesharing app, the driver must have an increased insurance liability limit.
In this case, the minimum insurance requirements specify coverage in the amount of $50,000 for each individual in the accident. It also covers a maximum of $100,000 for all of the bodily injuries or death for every incident and $25,000 for destruction and damage to property. These limits are more than the required $30,000 per person and $60,000 per incident that all other Texas drivers must have.
What happens when the driver is giving a customer a ride?
When the driver is engaged in providing a customer a ride, Texas law stipulates that the ridesharing company and driver ought to provide $1 million minimum to cover for death, property damage, and bodily injury for every accident. The large increase could push a ridesharing company and their insurance provider to attempt burying the evidence and claim that their driver was providing a ride when the alleged accident happened. If they are successful at this, those involved will only be liable to settle only $50,000 and not the $1 million.
Zinda Law Group of Fort Worth has the know-how necessary to find the truth to help pursue your ridesharing accident case. Call 800-863-5312 today to speak to an attorney free and get your ridesharing questions answered. As one of our clients, you will pay nothing if we are unable to win your case.