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If you were in a rideshare accident in the state of Texas, you probably have many questions that need to be answered. Who do you contact? Who is liable? If you’ve been injured, you likely want to know who will be paying your medical bills. What if the rideshare driver was off the clock? What if the driver was on the clock but not carrying a passenger? What if you were the passenger–does Uber owe you money now?

The auto injury lawyers at Harper Law Firm are here to walk you through the intricacies of auto accidents involving rideshare drivers. We have a stellar track record of auto accident injury representation and would love to discuss the specifics of your accident when you book a free consultation with us.

What Are The Consequences Of An Auto Accident?

If you’re in an auto accident, you will likely deal with some degree of injury or trauma. In some cases, those injuries can be extensive. The average auto accident comes with expenses and consequences pertaining to medical costs, car repair or replacement, lost wages, and crash-related trauma.

Here are some of the expenses you can incur in the wake of an auto accident:

  • Ambulance ride
  • Hospital stay
  • Emergency surgery
  • Dental reconstruction
  • Copays
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapy for trauma
  • And more!

If the crash was severe, you might be permanently disabled and liable for medical costs throughout the rest of your life, which is why it’s important to know your rights by engaging an experienced auto injury attorney like the ones at Harper Law Firm. Your legal counsel can review the circumstances of your accident and determine liability and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf.

Procedure For When Your Rideshare Is In An Accident

Your Uber driver just crashed. What do you do now? First things first, don’t panic. If your driver is following procedure, they will check that you are okay and begin reporting the accident to the relevant authorities.

You, too, should first begin by contacting the police and reporting the incident to your rideshare company. While you are still at the scene of the accident, document as much as you can: take pictures of the positions of the car(s), any damage to the rideshare vehicle, visible injuries, and any signs of the accident such as damaged street signs or skid marks on the road. This type of documentation will be useful when legal personnel are later establishing liability. The police report at the scene will also serve as documentation for legal proceedings, as well as for insurance claims.

Go to the hospital even if you do not feel that you are injured badly. The shock following auto accidents can lead a person to believe that they are unhurt when they really are. Sometimes, the full extent of injuries is not known until you find yourself in pain days later. A trip to the hospital will give you an accurate portrait of the injuries you are facing, as well as create more documentation that will be relevant for your insurance claim. Your medical examination will give you a strong idea of what you need to pursue in damages.

The last step is one that you want to take care of as soon as possible: engaging an auto accident injury attorney. Ensure you are covered legally with an experienced lawyer who can help you begin the process of determining liability and taking care of issues like communicating with the rideshare and insurance companies on your behalf. Your lawyer can deal with the legal matters as you focus on healing. Skilled auto accident injury lawyers like those at Harper Law Firm offer free consultations and will represent you on a contingency basis, meaning that you will pay out of any settlement rather than upfront.

Rideshare Crashes And Liability

When you are a passenger in a rideshare accident, you are likely wondering who is liable and how much you will be compensated for damages sustained. The short answer: it depends. If someone besides your rideshare driver was responsible for the accident, that driver and their insurance company should compensate the injured parties. If the rideshare driver is found to be responsible, the circumstances will determine procedure.

In the event a rideshare driver is responsible for the accident but they are off the clock, the crash will be treated as a typical auto accident.

In the event an Uber driver is responsible for an accident while on the clock, meaning they are either with a passenger or have the app open in order to look for passengers, the driver’s personal insurance policy, which they are required to carry, as well as the applicable Uber policy will compensate for damages. Uber’s insurance policy provides for up to $100,000 per accident, up to $50,000 per person involved, and up to $25,000 for property damage. If you are a passenger in an Uber at the time of the crash, you are covered up to $1 million. Uber’s policy will also cover you if another driver causes an accident and they are uninsured.

Lyft’s insurance policy has the same parameters. If you are a passenger at the time of the accident, you are covered for up to $1 million, and covered up to $100,000 per accident if you are otherwise hit by a driver.

Be aware that the existence of these policies does not necessarily mean that you will be offered what you are owed; these companies care most about their bottom lines and might try to get away with a lowball offer. If you are in an accident involving a rideshare driver, you will want to make sure that you get the highest compensation the company owes you, which is why it’s essential to retain an experienced auto accident injury lawyer immediately.

Contact Harper Law Firm For Experienced Auto Accident Representation

The knowledgeable team at Harper Law Firm has a proven track record of recovering millions in compensation for their clients. Before you settle for a bad offer from a self-serving insurance or rideshare company, talk to our lawyers and discover how much more you are worth. Whether you’ve been in an accident with an Uber driver or hit by any other obstacle on the road, we want to hear from you. Reach out to us to schedule a free consultation and learn about how we can help make sure you are fairly compensated for your accident.