San Antonio Rideshare Accident Attorney
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Texas
While rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have made our lives more convenient in many ways, they have also connected with an increase in overall traffic accidents and fatalities in the United States. According to a study conducted by the University of Chicago and Rice University, rideshare accidents have led to an overall increase in traffic-related fatalities by about 2 – 3% since 2011.
If you or someone you love was involved in a rideshare accident, the future can seem incredibly unclear. How will you be able to pay for your medical bills? What will you do if you can’t return to work for months? Can you sue Uber or Lyft after the accident?
At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we understand the stress you and your family are under. For decades, we have made it our mission to help injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed fight for justice and the full, fair compensation they were owed. Our San Antonio rideshare accident attorneys understand the complexities involved in these types of cases—and we know how to win.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents
Like any other motor vehicle accident, crashes involving rideshare vehicles occur due to a wide variety of factors. Unlike taxicab drivers, bus drivers, and other professional public transportation drivers, rideshare drivers do not receive any specific training. As a result, they are prone to making the same mistakes as any other motorist on the road.
Many rideshare accidents are caused by the driver’s negligence. Some examples include:
- Distracted driving, including using a cellphone or similar device while driving
- Failing to pay attention to surroundings, especially when looking for a passenger
- Unfamiliarity with the area/becoming lost or confused while driving
- Fatigued driving, including falling asleep behind the wheel
- Speeding, aggressive driving, and engaging in reckless driving behaviors
- Traffic law violations, such as running red lights or stop signs, unlawful passing, etc.
- Failing to yield the right of way, tailgating, and similar negligent driving behaviors
- Failing to react appropriately to changing traffic conditions
In other instances, the rideshare driver may not be entirely at fault. This could be the case when there are poor weather or road conditions, when another driver acts negligently, if a pedestrian or bicyclist is careless or reckless, when an auto defect causes the crash, or when the roadway itself is defective.
At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we conduct exhaustive investigations and work with a team of accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine exactly how the crash occurred—and who was at fault. We also work with medical experts and economists to demonstrate the full extent of your injuries, financial losses, and non-economic damages.
Can You Sue Uber After an Accident?
While it is possible to sue Uber, Lyft, or another rideshare company after an accident, doing so successfully is often very difficult.
To bring a lawsuit against Uber or Lyft, you will likely need to prove the following:
- The rideshare driver was at fault for the accident
- You (or your loved one) were injured
- You sustained measurable damages
- The accident occurred while the rideshare driver had the app turned on and was looking for or had accepted a ride
Both Uber and Lyft only offer coverage when their drivers have the app turned on and have accepted a ride; the amount of coverage available will depend on whether the rideshare driver was actively looking for a passenger or had a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash. In the event of the latter, Uber and Lyft offer up to $1 million in total coverage.
Why You Need a Rideshare Accident Attorney
Rideshare accidents are not like standard car accident cases. They are also unlike traditional commercial vehicle accident claims, in that most rideshare companies (including Uber and Lyft) classify their drivers as independent contractors, not employees. This limits the rideshare company’s liability in many instances, which can make it more difficult for you to bring a claim for damages.
At Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C., we understand the complexities inherent in personal injury claims against Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies. We know how the process works, and we are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We believe that negligent people and parties should be held accountable for the harm they cause, including when they cause serious accidents that leave innocent people severely injured.
Our San Antonio rideshare accident lawyers can help you if you suffered due to a rideshare driver’s negligence as a:
- Passenger of the rideshare vehicle
- Driver or passenger of another vehicle
- Motorcycle operator or passenger
- Family member of someone wrongfully killed
Our team will handle all the details of your case so that you can simply focus on getting the medical care you need and healing from your injuries. We understand that no amount of financial compensation can undo the pain and suffering you have been through but recovering the financial resources you need and deserve can be a critical step in moving forward with your life. Our team is here to help you every step of the way.
Request a Free Consultation Today
If you were injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft in San Antonio or the nearby areas, do not hesitate to reach out to Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation. In Texas, you generally only have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim. We encourage you to act quickly; the sooner we are able to begin building your case, the better.
We do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf. Learn more about our personalized, client-focused legal representation and how our San Antonio rideshare accident lawyers can help you today.
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