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Uber & Lyft Accident Attorneys in Smith County
Uber and Lyft have spearheaded the ridesharing service movement. Branding themselves as cost-effective, efficient means of transportation, while allowing their drivers to, in a sense, “be their own bosses.” People trust these ridesharing services, and rightfully so; they have proven, in large part, to be both reliable and relatively cheap. However, accidents do happen. If you’ve been involved in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation for your injuries. Fortunately, Attorney J. Chad Parker has over 25 years of experience representing injured people in Texas. If you were involved in a ride share accident, contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today to learn more about how we can help.
Liability After a Ride Share Accident
Unfortunately, it is often difficult to determine liability in Uber and Lyft accidents, as the drivers are considered independent contractors, as opposed to employees of a company. Fortunately, in some cases, Uber and Lyft provide injured parties with liability coverage up to a certain dollar amount, depending on whether the driver was on the clock or not. Uber and Lyft’s liability coverage system is as follows:
- Period 0: This is when the driver not logged into the ride share app. If an accident occurs, Uber/Lyft will not provide coverage.
- Period 1: This is when the driver is logged in but has not accepted a ride. If he or she causes an accident, Uber/Lyft will provide liability coverage up to $50,000 per injured person in the accident, $100,000 total liability per accident and $25,000 in property damage liability.
- Period 2: When a driver has accepted a trip and is en route to the rider and causes an accident, the liability coverage will increase to $1 million.
- Period 3: This is when an accident occurs when the rider is in the Uber/Lyft vehicle at the time of the accident. In this scenario, Uber/Lyft provides coverage of up to $1 million, as well as limited coverage for damage to the driver’s car and uninsured motorists’ coverage
Causes of Ride Share Accidents
Uber and Lyft accidents can happen for various and reason, and though they are sometimes inevitable, this is usually not the case. Unfortunately, in ride share accidents, passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists are most commonly injured due to driver negligence. If you were injured in a ride share accident, you must hire an attorney who is ready to fight tooth and nail for the financial compensation you deserve.
Filing a Lawsuit After an Uber or Lyft Accident
In many cases, companies are responsible for their employees’ negligence. However, this is not the case for Uber/Lyft accidents since their drivers are independent contractors. That is why you need an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. J. Chad Parker is that attorney
Contact a Smith County Uber & Lyft Accident Attorney
J. Chad Parker, PLLC is here to help all those injured in Uber and Lyft accidents. We know that it is difficult to sustain an injury in an accident that was simply not your fault. That is why we provide our clients with the aggressive representation that they expect when they need it most. If you were injured in a ride share accident, contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today.