Houston Uber Accident Attorney
Were you recently involved in an Uber accident in Houston, TX? Contact Attorney Brian White & Associates, PC to learn about your potential options for recovering compensation. Our Houston Uber accident lawyers will help you understand your rights and help you fight to get the money you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Uber Accident?
Uber accidents can do a lot of damage. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding in the Uber, walking down the street, or in another vehicle. If you’re involved in an accident with an Uber, life as you know it can change forever. You could be entitled to compensation to help with your medical costs, lost income, and emotional distress.
However, getting money in your hands can be a challenge. There might be a lot of different parties involved, and they’ll undoubtedly point fingers and cast blame. Hiring our experienced Houston personal injury attorneys to handle your claim can really help you secure the results you deserve.
At Brian White & Associates, our team has more than 45 years of combined experience fighting on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims in Texas. We know how important money can be in the weeks, months, and years that follow an unexpected crash. That’s why we are prepared to do whatever it takes to get the money you need. We’ll invest whatever resources, manpower, and time are necessary to get the job done.
As we navigate your Uber injury case, we will:
- Provide support and guidance during this overwhelming time in your life
- Listen to your side of the story
- Investigate the Uber accident thoroughly
- Gather and scrutinize evidence with the aid of experts and specialists
- Downplay your contributions to the accident if someone tries to blame you
- Take care of all of the paperwork and communication involved in your case, and
- Sit down and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
If insurance companies don’t budge and offer a fair settlement, our accomplished Texas trial lawyers will take your case to a jury. We’ll never take the threat of a trial off the table. This, alone, can be incredibly helpful in forcing insurers to take your case seriously.
What Causes Uber Accidents in Houston?
Uber might be a convenient way to get around the city of Houston. However, keep in mind that Uber drivers don’t have special training. They’re not required to obtain a special license to drive for Uber. While the company might perform some background checks, there’s really no guarantee that your driver is cautious or safe behind the wheel.
Leading causes of Uber accidents include:
- The Uber driver is distracted by their phone, GPS, or a passenger
- The Uber driver isn’t paying attention to the road because they’re attempting to find a passenger
- The Uber driver speeds or engages in dangerous behavior so that they can end one ride and begin another
- The Uber driver fails to maintain their vehicle
- The Uber driver stops to pick up or drop off passengers in a dangerous location, and
- The Uber driver makes illegal or unsafe turns.
At the same time, Ubers are not driven in a vacuum. Rideshare vehicles like Uber and Lyft share the road with everyone else. Sometimes those commuters engage in dangerous behaviors, too. Pedestrians might jump out in the road at an intersection, or a bicyclist might veer into traffic. Drivers of other passenger cars might try to speed by an Uber as it slows down to drop off a passenger. These types of behaviors can, and do, cause Uber accidents.
Can I Sue Uber After an Accident Involving a Rideshare Vehicle?
Probably not. Uber and other rideshare companies have spent a lot of time and money on making sure that its drivers are classified as independent contractors, not employees. This directly affects your ability to hold the rideshare service responsible for accidents involving one of its drivers.
When a driver is an employee, the employer can be vicariously liable for harm resulting from an accident. That’s not the case when the driver is a contractor. Instead, Uber can throw up its hands and simply say that your injuries aren’t their problem.
Uber is Required to Maintain an Insurance Policy to Cover the Costs of Certain Accidents
Even though you probably can’t file a lawsuit against Uber, you might be able to recover benefits from one of its two insurance policies.
The first is effective when an Uber driver is actively using the Uber app and waiting for a ride request. In the event of an accident, insurance coverage includes:
- $50,000 per person in bodily injury
- $100,00 per accident in bodily injury, and
- $25,000 in property damage per accident.
Uber has a more expansive policy that goes into effect the moment an Uber driver accepts a ride request. The policy includes:
- $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage
- Uninsured motorist coverage, and
- Contingent collision coverage.
Uber’s $1 million policy remains in effect while the driver is en route to pick up the passenger, during the ride, and until the passenger is dropped off at their destination.
It’s important to note that Uber’s insurance policies are secondary coverage. This means that you’ll have to exhaust other compensation that might be available first – such as from the rideshare driver or that person’s personal auto coverage. Once you’ve exhausted other benefits, you can seek money from Uber’s policy.
Who Can Be Liable For Injuries Resulting From an Uber Accident in Houston?
Just because you can’t sue Uber doesn’t mean that you can’t file a lawsuit against someone else. Under Texas state law, you can potentially recover compensation from anyone who contributes to your accident or injuries. Liability is allocated between everyone who shares fault. The bigger the role someone plays, the more fault (and financial responsibility) they’ll assume.
Brian White & Associates will carefully investigate your Uber accident to determine why it happened and, in turn, who might be at fault. We can seek compensation from all liable parties, which might include:
- The Uber driver
- Uber passengers
- Drivers of other cars on the road
- Truck drivers
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Employers of negligent parties
- Transit companies
- Government agencies, and more.
Give our Houston law firm a call to arrange your free consultation. We’re always available to take your call, so call now.
Injuries Resulting From an Uber Accident Can Be Severe
Don’t underestimate or minimize the injuries you sustain as a result of an Uber accident in Houston. Even seemingly mild injuries can end up having long term consequences. At Brian White & Associates, we represent clients who, as a result of a car accident involving an Uber, suffered:
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Eye injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Wrongful death, and more.
We will work diligently to help you seek and secure the money you deserve. All you have to do is give our law firm a call to schedule an initial case assessment. If your injuries prevent you from coming to us, our team can come to you.
Damages Might Be Available If You’ve Been Injured in an Accident Involving an Uber
Our Houston car accident lawyers will aggressively seek monetary damages on your behalf. This might include money for:
- Hospitalization, surgery, medication, and other medical expenses
- Lost income and wages
- Property damage
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Our team will not let automobile insurance companies push you around or scare you into accepting less money than your case is worth. We will make sure that our demands for compensation are backed by strong legal arguments, solid evidence, and expert testimony. We’ll take the time that’s necessary to build the best possible personal injury claim we can. Our strategies and tireless efforts help us secure substantial sums for our clients every day.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Uber Accident Lawyers
Have you been injured in an Uber accident in Houston, TX? Are you struggling with a painful injury? Are you beginning to find that it’s getting tough to make ends meets? Contact Brian White & Associates for immediate legal assistance. Our Houston personal injury lawyers can help you fight to get the compensation you may need and deserve.
You will have a limited time to file a claim for damages. Most Uber accident lawsuits must be filed within two years of the accident. Miss the deadline, and you’ll lose the right to recover anything, at all. So, do not hesitate to contact our Houston law office to arrange a time to sit down to discuss your case. Your first accident case assessment is free, so call today.