McAllen Uber Accident Attorney
Texas Rideshare Accident Claims
As ridesharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, continue to serve as a convenient, cost-effective alternative to taxis and other forms of transportation, it is no surprise that we are seeing increasing numbers of accidents involving these vehicles. Unlike taxicab drivers and other professional mass transportation operators, Uber drivers do not receive any advanced training; they can be anyone with a valid driver’s license and driving record that meets Uber’s standards. These drivers are at the same risk of causing or being involved in an accident as anyone else on the road. And, while these accidents can result in devastating, severe bodily injuries just like any other auto collision, the legal aftermath of an Uber accident is not the same as a typical car accident.
If you were injured in an Uber accident in McAllen or the nearby areas, it is critical that you put an experienced legal team on your side. Uber accident claims are very complex due to the way Uber drivers are classified, the limited liability Uber has in the event of a collision, and numerous other factors. We encourage you to get in touch with Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. right away to learn how Attorney Humberto Tijerina can help you with your ridesharing accident claim.
Can You Sue Uber Directly after an Accident?
One of the main issues that complicates these types of claims so much is the fact that Uber classifies its drivers as 1099 independent contractors—not employees. In other types of commercial vehicle accident cases, such as those involving buses or trucks, employers can be held legally liable for their employees’ negligence, meaning you can often bring a lawsuit directly against the trucking company, bus company, etc. However, because Uber drivers are not “employees,” your options are limited when it comes to suing Uber directly.
Generally speaking, your options after an Uber accident depend on the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Specifically, your options are dependent on:
- Whether you were a passenger of the Uber
- An occupant of another vehicle or a pedestrian or bicyclist
- Whether the Uber driver had the app turned on
- Whether the Uber driver had accepted a ride or had a passenger
- If someone else was partially or wholly at fault for the accident
- How many other people were involved in the accident
These and other factors will all come into play in determining whether you can file a claim against the driver’s private auto insurance provider, Uber, or another third party. At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., our McAllen Uber accident lawyer can go over your specific options with you and inform you of your rights so that you can make the best decision about your case.
What Coverage Is Available After an Uber Accident?
Although it may be difficult to sue Uber directly after an accident due to the fact that they classify their drivers as independent contractors, thereby limiting their liability in the event of an accident, Uber does offer insurance coverage to those injured in collisions with their drivers. This coverage depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the crash.
You may be entitled to the following compensation after an Uber accident in Texas:
- $50,000/$100,000 in Bodily Injury: Uber offers up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in bodily injury and death coverage when the Uber driver has the app turned on but has not yet accepted a ride.
- $25,000 in Property Damage: When the Uber driver has the app turned on but has not accepted a ride, Uber offers up to $25,000 per accident in property damage coverage.
- $1,000,000 in Bodily Injury and Property Damage: When the Uber driver has the app turned on and has accepted a ride, whether the passenger is in the vehicle or the driver is on his or her way to pick up the passenger, Uber offers $1 million in coverage per accident.
So, if you are a passenger in an Uber and the Uber driver causes an accident, you are covered by the company’s $1 million policy. If you are the driver of another vehicle and you are hit by a negligent Uber driver who has the app turned on but hasn’t accepted a ride yet, you are covered up to limited amounts. If you are involved in an accident with an Uber driver but the Uber driver does not have the app turned on or was not at fault for the crash, you are not covered by Uber’s insurance whatsoever. In such cases, you would need to file a regular auto accident claim against the Uber driver or the other at-fault person/party.
Contact Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. for a Free Consultation
Because Uber accident claims are so complex, it is incredibly important that you reach out to an attorney who has experience in this specific area of law. A regular car accident attorney may not have the nuanced knowledge of ridesharing accident laws and regulations necessary to effectively litigate your case.
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., our McAllen Uber accident lawyer not only has extensive experience in ridesharing accident cases but has also successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout The Rio Grande Valley. Attorney Tijerina is available to take your call and answer your questions 24 hours a day, and we offer contingency fees, so you do not owe any attorney’s fees unless we win your case. That’s the T No-Fee Guarantee!
To learn more, please call our office at (956) 777-7700 and request a complimentary case evaluation.