Law Office of James Zier, P.C.
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Uber Accident Lawyer – Lyft Crash Lawsuit
For-hire rideshare services have become very popular in the past few years. Although Uber is by far the most popular ride sharing app, some passengers prefer Lyft, the number two app by volume, or traditional taxis. These apps are typically downloaded on a smart phone and are used to connect passengers with private drivers.
Many states and cities, including Texas and Houston, initially opposed ride sharing services claiming they were illegal, unlicensed taxi cab companies. The argument was that the ride sharing companies didn’t conduct background checks of their drivers or have the same level of insurance as traditional cab companies.
Insurance Liability Gaps: Are Your Injuries Covered?
Ride share services do not have the same employment relationship with their drivers as taxi companies. They also don’t operate under the same legal requirements as taxi companies. Initially, Uber and Lyft claimed that they were never responsible for reckless, dangerous, or negligent driving. Their position was that they simply matched drivers and passengers and should bear no legal or financial responsibility for car accidents, personal injuries, or even fatalities.
Although they have recently changed course, and now have up to $1,000,000 in insurance, you may still be relying on the personal insurance of the driver depending on the circumstances of your accident. And most personal policies have an explicit exclusion of coverage for Uber, Lyft, commercial driving, and other ride sharing services.
In addition, even if you are ultimately covered under the $1,000,000 insurance policy, always remember that Uber and its insurance company are both for-profit businesses that don’t want to pay you a penny more than they have to. Their job is to deny coverage, dispute your damages, and pay you the least amount possible. Never forget that the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, not you.
Experienced Personal Injury Representation – You May Be Entitled to Significant Compensation
At the Law Office of James Zier, P.C., we have experience representing passengers, drivers, and pedestrians that were injured by hired drivers. Whether you were injured while on a trip in an Uber, Lyft, or taxi, or you were simply a passenger or driver of another vehicle, we can help. We have received exceptional results on behalf of passengers, drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an Uber car accident or Lyft crash, call (281) 485-3377 to speak with car accident attorney James Zier. He will personally travel to your home or hospital to meet with you and help you obtain the maximum compensation.