Maximizing Compensation for Your Uber or Lyft Accident in Dallas
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident in Dallas, you might be considering a personal injury claim. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be on the hook for substantial medical bills while unable to earn wages. A claim is your best opportunity to receive compensation for both the economic and non-economic impacts of your injuries.
However, filing a successful claim is easier said than done. You will need the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with rideshare accidents to help you determine the appropriate party to name and the specific damages to claim.
The Dallas personal injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw have the experience that your rideshare accident claim needs. To speak to one of our attorneys about your accident, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and case review at 800-862-1260. Our bilingual phone staff is available to take your calls 24/7.Who Is Liable for an Injury in an Uber or Lyft?
If you are considering a claim after a rideshare accident, you might be unsure about the liable party. While the driver may have been responsible for the accident, they are driving on behalf of another company. It might not be immediately clear who actually owes you damages.
For most plaintiffs seeking Dallas Uber accident compensation, the driver will be the responsible party, not the rideshare platform. Drivers are independent contractors rather than employees of the company, and Lyft and Uber consider themselves platforms for drivers to find customers rather than taxi services themselves. Drivers’ legal agreements with their companies usually absolve those companies of liability in the case of an accident. Most platforms also require users to acknowledge that the platform is not a transportation carrier before being able to hail rides.
However, do not rule out the rideshare platform as a defendant. If your driver had a history of reckless driving, Uber or Lyft could be considered negligent in allowing them to use their platform. Uber, for example, states that drivers who have multiple recent traffic offenses will be barred from their platform. If your driver should have been barred from their platform but was not, a court might find the platform liable for your injuries.
The company could also be found liable for their conduct after one of their drivers causes an accident. For example, Uber was named in a Fort Worth hit-and-run lawsuit when the plaintiff’s attorneys found that the platform failed to provide the plaintiffs with the driver’s information. If your case is similar, your lawyer might recommend naming both the driver and the rideshare company.
Before making a decision, schedule a free consultation with a Lyft accident law firm in Dallas. Your attorney will recommend which parties to name in order to give your claim its best chance of success.What Compensation Can I Receive in a Rideshare Settlement?
If your rideshare accident claim is successful, your settlement will consist of two categories of damages.
- Economic damages cover the financial costs of your accident, including medical treatment, physical therapy, and a reduced earning ability.
- Noneconomic damages compensate you for the ways that your injuries affect your well-being outside of your finances. An accident can leave you with physical pain, anxiety when riding in a car, and less ability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed. All of these damages can factor into your settlement.
An attorney with a strong understanding of accident settlements will be essential to maximizing compensation for your Uber or Lyft accident.Free Case Review at Carabin Shaw Law Firm
Carabin Shaw’s team of personal injury attorneys has significant experience helping clients pursue claims after auto accidents, including accidents involving rideshare vehicles. Our contingency agreements mean that clients will not owe legal fees or expenses unless their claim earns them a settlement
For some insight into the experience of working with our team, look into Carabin Shaw’s client reviews. Call 800-862-1260 to book your free consultation.