If you were struck by a negligent Uber or Lyft rideshare driver, you have the right to collect damages for your injuries. Like any other motorist, rideshare drivers are required to carry the state’s minimum liability coverage for accidents, though this does not mean they always do.
A Beaumont lawyer with our firm can help you pursue the Uber or Lyft rideshare driver or their employer for fair compensation. We can calculate your damages, collect evidence for your case, and represent you before a judge or jury if needed. You focus on getting better; we can take care of the legal process.
What a Financial Recovery May Include
As with any other vehicle accident, you can seek both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages may include:
- Medical expenses, including hospitalizations, medication, and therapy
- Lost wages from the time your injuries kept you out of work
- Reduced earning capacity, if your injuries affect your ability to work
- Scarring and disfigurement
Non-economic losses may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Your lawyer can also help you seek damages through a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost your loved one in a Beaumont Uber or Lyft rideshare accident. You may qualify for funeral and burial expenses.
How We Can Help You After a Beaumont Rideshare Accident
Accidents involving rideshares come with a few unique challenges you would not normally face with another motorist. Our law firm can help you hold either the rideshare driver or their company liable for your losses.
We can establish the liability of either party. If we cannot pursue fair compensation through a claim, we can file a personal injury lawsuit to do so.
Dealing with an Uninsured Party
When it comes to rideshares in Texas, insurance coverage can get complicated. According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), all rideshare companies must carry insurance coverage for injuries and property damage caused by their drivers. However, these companies may also employ drivers who operate under their own insurance plans.
While most insurers do not cover rideshare drivers, some are beginning to offer specific plans for them. This creates the potential for a lapse in coverage if a rideshare driver fails to renew their policy and a rideshare company is not aware of it. Since Texas is a fault state, a situation like this can make filing a claim extremely difficult for a victim.
Proving the Rideshare Driver was Working at the Time
Additionally, an insurer may give you trouble if a rideshare driver was not logged onto their app at the time of the accident. Any time a rideshare driver is not connected to the app, their insurer may claim they were not technically working and use that as evidence to deny your claim.
Another thing to consider is the gap between insurance coverage when a rideshare driver is logged on but does not have a customer. Technically, you would not be able to make a claim under their rideshare policy, but their personal insurance policy may not cover them either.
Pursuing Compensation if a Rideshare’s Policy is not Enough
Rideshare drivers often only carry the minimum liability coverage required by the state. This could lead to you having to foot the bill if your expenses exceed the coverage limits they carry.
Other Ways We Can Handle Your Case
Along with handling the particular aspects of rideshare accident cases, we can give your case the attention it deserves from start to finish. Some other ways we can help you seek fair compensation include:
- Investigating your accident with the help of reconstructionists or eyewitness statements
- Compiling evidence to establish the liability of the Uber or Lyft rideshare driver
- Preventing you from accepting an unfair settlement offer
- Calculating both present and future damages
- Evaluating non-economic damages
- Negotiating with insurers
- Filing any necessary paperwork for a claim or lawsuit
- Representing you in a trial
We go the extra mile for our clients to make sure they understand their legal options. When we take on a case, we keep them abreast of its progress and make ourselves available to answer any questions.
Time is of the Essence
If you suffered injuries in a Beaumont Uber or Lyft rideshare accident, you must act quickly to allow your lawyer to help you take legal action. Texas does not allow victims more than two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, your deadline begins counting down from the date of the accident, and few exceptions apply.
When we take on your case, we make sure to abide by this deadline when negotiating with insurers. However, we want to give your case the time it deserves. So, the sooner you reach out to start your case, the better.
If you wait too long and the deadline passes, you may lose your right to seek a court-awarded offer since your case will likely be dismissed by the court.
Call in the Strong Arm with Loncar Lyon Jenkins
If you want to discuss your accident to determine your potential awards, you can take advantage of our complimentary consultation. We can help you pursue fair compensation while you rest and recuperate from your injuries.
You should not have to suffer further losses after a rideshare driver’s negligence caused your injuries. We can take on the liable party, whoever it is, and make your case. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (800) 777-7777. You do not have forever to pursue justice, so get started right away.