Were you or someone you know recently injured in a car accident with a ride-share driver? Are you having difficulty managing the claims process with your insurance adjuster? Ride-share accidents with Uber, Lyft and other third party rideshare services continue to increase in number as more people utilize their services. Some drivers have poor driving records and yet are able to obtain a rideshare gig because rideshare companies do not thoroughly vet their independent contractor drivers. Furthermore, rideshare companies have gone to great lengths in their effort to avoid liability for third-party contractor collisions, incidents, and even claims of harassment and abuse towards passengers. If you need assistance with your personal injury claim, contact our litigators at Wham & Rogers, PLLC
The first step in a personal injury claim is determining who is liable for the incident. If you were a passenger in a rideshare driver’s vehicle in a single car crash, barring an Act of God, the driver would be held liable for any injuries you sustained in the collision. If another vehicle hit the rideshare driver head on, or he or she was rear-ended by another vehicle, the other driver might be liable. Similarly, a multiple vehicle crash can be a nightmare for insurance adjusters to sort through, but even worse for the injured victim.
After an accident, call the police immediately. Sometimes when the police file an accident report they also issue the at-fault driver a ticket. Take pictures of the damage to all involved vehicles and get the contact information of any potential witnesses, passengers, and drivers at the scene. If you are physically injured, seek emergency medical attention. Often adrenaline suppresses pain immediately after the accident, but the next day you might be in severe discomfort or notice bruises and lacerations from the event. It is important that you seek treatment right away to establish a plan of care.
Plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for property damage, personal injury (medical bills, physical therapy, disability modifications), as well as lost wages, future lost wages, incidental expenses like a rental car, and in some cases, damages for pain and suffering or emotional distress. In Texas, unlike neighboring states, there is no cap on economic damages. Texas also does not have a cap on non-economic damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and other losses that ca not be attributed to a billing statement. There is only a cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice claims. Similarly, a multiple vehicle crash can be a nightmare for insurance adjusters to sort through, but even worse for the injured victim.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from debilitating injuries due to a rideshare driver’s negligence, you are entitled to damages. Do not let the insurance companies bully you into taking less than you deserve. You need an advocate to ensure you receive compensation for your property damages, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, and medical bills. Contact our plaintiffs personal injury attorneys today at Wham & Rogers, PLLC to discuss your case and review your options.