You’ve been involved in an accident as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle. How is this different than a regular car accident? Ridesharing companies have few regulations, so accidents involving them – either as a passenger or as an innocent bystander – are complicated.
Rideshare companies work to remove themselves from liability after accidents involving their drivers. Unlike taxi companies, in Texas, rideshare drivers need only a driver’s license and minimal automobile insurance to operate under the rideshare label. They don’t require fingerprinting, a background check, a certified licensing program, training or experience in transporting people, or extensive automobile insurance.
What should I do after an auto accident?
First, look after your health: seek medical attention, then help others at the accident if you’re able.
Second, keep calm. Never accept blame at the scene. In fact, don’t provide details until after you’ve calmed down and are ready to talk to an investigator with an attorney by your side.
Third, be proactive. Contact your insurance provider. If possible, take pictures of the accident, pictures of injuries to you and loved ones, your vehicle, and pictures of the environment.
What do I need to know about compensation for a rideshare accident?
- Because there are few regulations, when confronted with litigation, parent companies like Uber and Lyft will attempt to claim they only facilitate fares and are not responsible for their driver’s actions.
- It is important to contact the Law Office of Ramiro Lopez to determine if a rideshare company can be proved liable.
- You can recover damages and ensure proper compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, property damage, and future medical costs. It’s our job to make sure our clients don’t suffer the consequences of another’s negligence.
How the Law Office of Ramiro Lopez Can Help
The Law Office of Ramiro Lopez understands local laws and utilizes the resources necessary to investigate an accident. Our attorneys are experienced with working with insurance companies and hospitals on your behalf and are skilled in the art of negotiation when pursuing a case.
Contact the Law Office of Ramiro Lopez to set up a consultation. 512-326-5006