Experienced Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas
In Need of a Rideshare Accident Lawyer?
At the Hollingsworth Law Firm, our Houston personal injury attorneys know that car accidents can happen anywhere in Texas and may involve multiple types of motorists, including motorcycles, trucks, and rideshare drivers. Unfortunately, they happen a lot. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there is one reportable crash every 57 seconds throughout the state.
If you have been involved in a traffic crash, determining liability is a complex undertaking. Whether the collision appeared straightforward — including when a driver ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle — the at-fault party’s insurance company may dispute the claim anyway. This is standard protocol. Insurance companies want to pay as little or nothing at all, even when they know their policyholder caused the crash.
This is why we are here. Insurance companies work tirelessly to preserve their bottom lines, leaving accident and injury victims struggling to get the compensation they deserve.
When these crashes involve rideshare drivers, the disputes often come from more than the insurance companies. Depending on the circumstances, the corporations may shoulder some of the liability. This is when the real fight begins. With a team of lawyers on staff, rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft, Blacklane, and Alto can be intimidating to negotiate with.
We can help.
Who is Liable for Rideshare Accidents and Injuries in Texas?
Like all Texas vehicle collisions, it is crucial to determine who was at fault for a crash before we can pursue any insurance coverage for our client’s financial recovery needs. This could include the rideshare driver, another third party, or multiple motorists.
Next, whether the motorist was distracted, impaired, speeding, or otherwise negligent, we must prove that was true at the time of the crash and that this behavior led to the crash.
Finally, we must determine where our clients fit into the crash. Circumstances differ based on whether you were a rideshare passenger or the driver (or passenger) of another vehicle that a rideshare driver hit.
Once we determine liability, we can build a compelling case to pursue damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver who is not “on the clock,” meaning not engaged in the app and has yet to accept a ride request, you are basically involved in a crash with another Texas driver.
While not actively working, rideshare drivers’ personal insurance coverage would be liable for your damages, just as any other Texas driver would be.
The minimum limits of liability insurance required under Texas law for all motorists are:
- $30,000 of coverage for injuries per person.
- $60,000 per accident.
- $25,000 of coverage for property damage.
Many Texas motorists carry additional insurance coverage that may be pursued for damages up to their personal policy limits.
Things change significantly if we pursue the rideshare company’s insurance policy.
If the rideshare driver accepts a ride request but does not have a passenger in their vehicle, the company’s limited liability insurance may be pursued for the damages. The policy limits for each company may differ, but they are significantly more than a driver’s personal insurance.
The coverage increases significantly once the rideshare driver has a passenger onboard. Uber and Lyft have a $1 million liability policy limit for these circumstances. Rideshare companies like Blacklane and Alto do not disclose their insurance policy limits to the public.
Pursuing the liable party can become a complex undertaking without a skilled Texas rideshare collision attorney if the rideshare driver is at fault. Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services will enlist their in-house legal counsel and insurance representatives to fight your claim. We can help.
Have You Been Injured in a Rideshare Accident in Houston, Texas?
Our skilled bilingual personal injury lawyers and support staff represent clients throughout Texas on a contingency basis, so you never pay any legal fees unless we win your case.
If you are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so are we. Let us take the lead.