In this article, our experienced Texas personal injury lawyer answers 4 questions about ridesharing accidents. If you have been seriously injured while riding as a passenger in an Uber, Lyft, or other ridesharing service, please contact the Law Firm of Garcia & Ochoa today to schedule a free consultation and get started on your personal injury case.
4 Questions About Ridesharing Accidents | How Much are These Cases Worth?
Determining ridesharing accident case value is very difficult to answer at the beginning of the case. However, there are three factors that we look at. One is what the extent of the injuries are. Did the person suffer a neck injury, a back injury, a concussion, a traumatic brain injury, and are they going to need additional medical help? The second thing that we look at is how and why the accident happened. We need to know what the Uber or Lyft driver was doing. Were they paying attention to their phone? Also, in accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers, the laws are different. Typically, when you have a taxi or a bus, they make sure that their drivers go through training. However, to be an Uber or Lyft driver, all you need is a driver’s license and a vehicle. The third thing that we look at is the amount of insurance. This is typically very different than auto or bus accident cases, which is why it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer right away.
4 Questions About Ridesharing Accidents | How Long Do These Cases Take?
There are many factors that we look into. One is the type of insurance that is available. There are two separate insurances available for both the driver of the vehicle and the passenger. For the driver, it’s important to determine whether he’s going to be covered because many of the insurance companies try to omit them and claim that they’re contract employees. As far as the passenger, we have to look into the amount of insurance that’s available and the type. Lyft and Uber both carry different insurances with different limits.
The third thing is the type of injury, the severity, the amount of time it’s going to take to recover, the medical costs, and also we have to look into factors such as how the injury was caused. We need to hire experts to determine who was at fault and the manner in which the accident happened. Once you have all that information, you’re going to be able to answer that question as to how long it’s going to take to resolve your ridesharing accident.
4 Questions About Ridesharing Accidents | Can I Recover Lost Wages?
Under Texas law, if you’re involved in an accident, including a ridesharing accident, you are entitled to lost wages. What we look at is how much money you were making prior to the accident. In order to determine this, we will look at W-2s, tax returns or similar-type documents, such as a 1099.
4 Questions About Ridesharing Accidents | Should I Speak to the Rival Insurance Company?
Insurance companies will typically record any statement that you give them. If the statement happens to be bad against your claim, they will definitely use it against you. Our suggestion is that you call an attorney right away, as soon as possible, preferably one that’s experienced in trial and litigation.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while riding in an Uber or Lyft and have questions about ridesharing accidents? Contact our experienced Texas ridesharing accident lawyers at Garcia & Ochoa today for a free consultation and case evaluation.