Rideshare Accident Attorney in Austin

With so many Americans utilizing ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, there is potential to increase road safety, but car accidents are still bound to happen. As a result, injuries and stressful legal issues regarding liability affect the driver and passengers alike. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a rideshare accident, protect your rights and obtain the compensation that you deserve for your suffering by contacting our highly skilled team of Rideshare Accident lawyers at the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC today.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our attorneys draw on decades of litigation experience to successfully secure compensation for injured victims.
  • We form long-term relationships with our clients and colleagues by being trustworthy, transparent, and fair.
  • We work hard to secure results that are fair for you and unique to your case.
  • We strive for excellence and to exceed our clients’ expectations.

Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents

Ridesharing collisions are caused by factors common to any other auto accident, including:

  • Speeding
  • Ignoring hazardous conditions (weather, road conditions, and traffic)
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to obey traffic signals and signs
  • Inexperienced or unqualified driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Liability in Ridesharing Accidents

When you are involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, whether as a driver or a passenger, it may be difficult to distinguish who is liable for your injuries. Whether the driver’s personal insurance company is liable or the rideshare company’s insurer is liable will depend on the exact circumstances surrounding the accident. For example, Uber has set the following guidelines:

  • When the Uber app is “on,” and the driver is available to take fares, Uber’s contingent liability coverage, as well as the driver’s auto accident policy, may be utilized. This includes up to $25,000 for property damage and up to $100,000 for injuries.
  • When the driver is on a trip for Uber, the accident is covered by the company’s commercial insurance policy, providing up to one million in third-party liability and one million in underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage.
  • When the Uber app is not on, the driver is not officially working for Uber, so the company claims that the drivers’ insurance policy is the only coverage that can be accessed.

Lyft has set a similar policy in place, that defines when a driver is considered to be working and at what times they are not.

If the Uber or Lyft driver was not at fault for the accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company is liable for both the driver and passenger. If the liable driver does not have insurance, both Uber and Lyft carry uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance that can protect the driver, the passenger, or both.

Why You Should Hire an Austin Rideshare Accident Attorney

Hiring an attorney with experience handling rideshare accident cases will be knowledgeable in and will immediately begin investigating the facts surrounding your accident in order to determine which insurance company should be held liable. Texas state law requires ridesharing companies to carry million-dollar insurance policies to cover passengers, but their insurance providers will still try to finagle their way out of paying your claim. Companies like Uber and Lyft consider their drivers to be independent contractors, therefore their insurers will often refuse to pay claims based on the fact that they are not responsible for driver’s negligent actions because they are not employees. A qualified attorney will have the expertise to handle your claim and will maximize your potential of receiving the compensation you are warranted.

Let Our Knowledgeable Attorneys Represent You

If you or a loved one has suffered from a rideshare accident, causing unexpected medical bills and other expenses due to your injuries, then our accomplished attorneys at the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC are available to help. Our experienced team of rideshare accident lawyers have successfully advocated for our clients in recovering financial compensation for their losses. Fill out our online contact form or call today to receive free legal counsel and a no obligation case evaluation.