Helping Victims of Uber Accidents in the Greater Houston, Texas, Region
Many Houston residents, as well as visitors to the Greater Houston area, rely on Uber transportation almost every day. People use Uber and other popular ridesharing companies as a means of transportation to and from work, dining out, and nights on the town. Uber is a help to many of its customers. For instance, if a late-night bar-goer has had too much to drink, a quick call to Uber can eliminate a potential drunk driving arrest or accident.
However, when Uber vehicles are involved in motor vehicle collisions, determining responsibility and who should provide the necessary insurance coverage for your injuries can present enormous difficulties for most people.
But not for the team of lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law. We know how to handle Uber accidents, and our intake department is available for your free consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (800) 898-4877—or contact us now by .
The lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, are experienced at handling Uber motor vehicle accident cases. Our knowledgeable legal team can review the facts and circumstances of your accident with you and determine whom you can hold responsible. Our attorneys will work extremely hard to obtain fair and just monetary compensation on your behalf.
Common Causes of Houston Uber Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents involving Uber vehicles are every bit as serious as any other motor vehicle accident. The property damage and physical injuries sustained in an Uber accident can cause just as much pain and require just as much medical attention as in any other case. Consequently, if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident involving an Uber vehicle, seek legal representation as soon as you can.
Accidents involving Uber vehicles can occur in a variety of ways. Some of the most common causes of Houston Uber accidents include:
Distracted driving – Distracted driving occurs when drivers fail to provide proper care and attention to the road. An Uber driver may become distracted while programming a GPS device or trying to text a potential fare. When drivers divert their attention away from the road—even if only for a second or two—a serious motor vehicle accident can occur. When that happens, the Uber driver’s passengers, as well as any passengers in another motor vehicle, can sustain serious injuries and damages.
Negligent driving – Negligent driving is a broader term than distracted driving. Negligent driving, in fact, encompasses not only distracted driving but also traffic violations such as speeding and disregarding signs and traffic control devices. When Uber drivers engage in negligent driving, accident victims may hold them accountable for their actions or inactions.
DWI – Driving while intoxicated, or , is a serious criminal offense in Texas. Not only can a DWI conviction or guilty plea result in serious criminal penalties, it can also result in serious administrative and civil penalties—especially in the context of a personal injury case. If you can show that an Uber driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a vehicle, the Uber driver and Uber corporation may share in the responsibility.
Calling the Police and Emergency Services Following Your Uber Accident
If no one else has already done so, make your first call 911 following an Uber accident. Explain that you were just involved in a motor vehicle accident and that you may have sustained injuries. When the police arrive on the scene, explain how the accident happened, and request that the officer draft a police report, memorializing the accident in an official document. A police report is frequently an important piece of evidence in an Uber motor vehicle accident case. This is especially true if Uber contests fault or damages in your case.
Seeking Medical Care After an Uber Accident
Following an Uber accident, immediately seek follow-up medical care and treatments at a nearby urgent care center or hospital. Always follow up with your primary care doctor.
Even if you do not feel that the accident injured you, have a medical doctor check your condition. Some injuries, such as whiplash, do not always immediately manifest at the time of the accident, but days or even weeks later.
If you do not seek this initial medical treatment, you will have a harder time coming back later to try to claim that you sustained injuries in your accident. This is especially true in Uber and Lyft accident cases, where these companies and their insurers will automatically express skepticism about your injuries from the onset.
Obtaining Information From Other Drivers at the Scene
While you are still present at the accident scene—and if you are able to do so—obtain contact information and insurance information from all other drivers involved in the accident. Speak to anyone who claims to have witnessed the accident and obtain contact information from those individuals as well. Uber accident eyewitnesses can offer essential testimony in the event Uber raises a dispute as to liability.
Avoid All Recorded Statements
Following an Uber accident, an adjuster from Uber’s insurance company may call you and try to convince you to provide a recorded statement about how your accident occurred. Insurance adjusters usually do not request recorded statements unless they believe there is a serious dispute as to fault or damages in your case. Consequently, you should not agree to participate in a recorded statement under any circumstances.
If you do make a statement, the adjuster can twist your words in any way that helps Uber avoid liability. Moreover, a seemingly innocent, off-the-cuff remark can result in you losing your case and obtaining little or no monetary compensation.
The Benefits of Talking to a Houston Uber Accident Lawyer
If you sustained serious injuries in an Uber accident, make your most important goal the successful completion of your medical treatments and getting back to work. The team of Uber accident lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, can handle all of the legal aspects of your case while you complete your medical care and treatments. Our duties may include:
- Undertaking an investigation of your case
- Obtaining all of the necessary documentation, including police reports, medical records, and medical bills
- Obtaining all lost wage documentation from your employer
- Assembling a demand package to forward to Uber’s insurance company
What Makes Uber Accidents Different?
Ridesharing companies are relatively new, so there are fewer cases or statutes on the books in order to address all of the legal problems and issues that can arise in Uber accidents. In many cases, if you are in a run-of-the-mill motor vehicle accident, you can simply file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver or your own insurance company. However, Uber accidents can complicate things.
For example, some motor vehicle insurers do not cover accidents that occur when you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. Even if the Uber driver’s negligence caused the accident, the Uber driver’s own motor vehicle insurance policy might only provide insurance coverage during the times that the driver is not engaged in commercial driving. However, many ridesharing companies, including Uber, do offer their own insurance coverage in specific circumstances.
Insurance Coverage in Uber Accident Cases
Fortunately, Uber does offer insurance coverage for the benefit of accident victims—but Uber’s insurance coverage differs from that of other popular ridesharing companies, including Lyft.
Uber’s insurance coverage is divided into several categories or classifications. For example, if the Uber driver is on the way to pick up a fare—or if the Uber driver already has a fare in the vehicle—Uber’s insurance will cover $1 million per accident (that is, for all property damage and bodily injuries sustained in the accident). Moreover, if the motor vehicle accident involving the Uber vehicle resulted from an underinsured or an uninsured driver, then Uber’s insurance policy will cover $1 million per accident for the bodily injuries sustained therein.
Another Uber insurance classification comes into play when an Uber driver does not have a fare in the vehicle but is waiting for a ride request. If an Uber driver causes a motor vehicle collision under those circumstances, much lower insurance policy limits apply:
- $25,000 worth of coverage for property damage sustained in the accident
- $50,000 worth of coverage for liability, calculated per person
- $100,000 worth of coverage for liability, calculated per accident
Moreover, these insurance policy limits only become effective under certain circumstances. For example, the Uber driver’s personal insurance policy limits of coverage must fall below these levels. Alternatively, the Uber driver’s automobile insurer must refuse to provide insurance coverage for the motor vehicle accident.
Effectively negotiating and litigating an Uber motor vehicle accident case requires a special skill set. This is due, in part, to these potential insurance complications and liability issues involved in litigating these cases.
The team of Houston attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, are experienced at handling the complex insurance and legal issues associated with Uber accidents. Our skilled legal team can determine the applicable sources of insurance coverage in your accident case and can pursue fair and just monetary recovery on your behalf.
Litigating an Uber Accident Case
If you are in an Uber accident where you sustained injuries and damages, chances are that your case may end up in litigation. Litigating a case does not necessarily mean that it will go to trial. Rather, the litigation process usually begins after multiple settlement negotiations fail and litigation is the only remaining alternative for proceeding forward with your case.
The litigation process usually begins when the accident victim in the Texas court system. After that point, the parties usually engage in a period of written and oral discovery, including exchanging written questions and answers about the accident, called interrogatories, and testifying under oath (in depositions) as to how the accident happened and what injuries and damages you sustained. If the case still does not settle following discovery, the case may proceed to trial or some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.
The experienced Houston Uber accident lawyers and legal professionals at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, can develop a litigation plan for your case if it does not settle, and after several negotiation attempts, we can help you decide how to best proceed with your case.
Call a Houston Uber Car Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation and Case Evaluation
Motor vehicle accidents involving ridesharing vehicles can result in serious injuries. However, the unique insurance and legal issues can make them difficult to prove. You can be sure that Uber’s insurance companies are not going to pay you for your injuries and damages unless you make them. The main goal of these large and powerful insurance companies is to keep as much of their money as possible. They are not able to achieve this goal by paying out large personal injury settlements.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, consists of nationally recognized car, rideshare, and Uber accident lawyers who have protected the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If you were injured in an Uber accident, call our office right now for your free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by .
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