Woman Charged With Assault After Attacking Uber Driver, Walking into Traffic

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What do you do if you’re injured in an Uber or Lyft?


Woman Attacks Uber Driver, Hit by Vehicle While Intoxicated

According to a KSAT News report, a woman was seriously injured while walking into traffic after assaulting an Uber driver while drunk on Friday night.

Police reported the incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on the 8500 Block of Northwest Military Drive on December 8, 2023. The woman was reportedly drunk when she started arguing with her Uber driver, assaulting him from the back seat. He then pulled over and told her to exit the vehicle, and in response, she broke the windshield and the door handle before walking into traffic. She was hit by a driver who stopped to render aid. She was critically injured and transported to the hospital. She will be charged with assault and criminal mischief, according to police.

Did You Know?

There were 101 fatalities in Uber-related crashes between 2019 and 2020.

Uber or Lyft Accident in San Antonio — What You Need to Know

Rideshares are part of everyday life for more and more people as an effective alternative to taxis, public transportation, and driving drunk. Uber specifically runs campaigns to limit drunk driving, offering discounts to encourage safer choices. But accidents happen.

101 people died in Uber-related accidents between 2019 and 2020. A report from the company breaks down these fatalities by type:

  • 42% were pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists
  • 15% were unbuckled riders
  • 13% were unbuckled third-party (not Uber) drivers
  • 15% were wrong-way drivers
  • 23% were drunk drivers

Half of these fatalities were the result of the most common risky driving behaviors of 2020, which were speeding, drunk driving, and wrong-way driving. While the Uber drivers themselves almost never engage in these behaviors, you can still be seriously hurt in an Uber or other rideshare accident in San Antonio.

Liability in Rideshare Accidents

Depending on who caused the rideshare accident, there are many sources of liability where your compensation could come from after the accident.

  • Your Own PIP Insurance — If Lyft or Uber determines your injuries are not covered under their policy.
  • Third-Party’s Liability Insurance — If someone other than your Uber caused the accident.
  • Uber’s Insurance Policy — If you were in the Uber when the driver caused the accident or if the driver who caused the accident did not carry insurance.

Insurance coverage in rideshare accidents can be complicated — specific scenarios and rules apply when determining who is going to pay for an injury in a rideshare accident.

What to Do Immediately After a Rideshare Accident

The steps you need to take after a rideshare accident and any other car accident are mostly the same. You need to call the police for an accident report and seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. You also need to contact your insurance company and report the accident as soon as possible so that you remember most of the details clearly.

One additional step you should take after an Uber or Lyft accident is reporting it to the company. Your driver should do that for you, but it’s a good idea to file your own report as well.

Injured in a Rideshare Accident? Call Carabin Shaw

Our Texas rideshare accident attorneys can help you file insurance claims after your rideshare accident. We’ve represented injured clients in San Antonio for 30 years, and we care. Contact the team that puts their clients first for a free case evaluation at 800-862-1260, or use the live chat feature to get started. We look forward to serving you.

Contacting a Carabin Shaw attorney is free and does not obligate you to work with the firm.

¹KSAT News Report

²Uber Accident Report


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