Ridesharing services have become a popular mode of transportation in Texas and across the country. However, accidents involving rideshare vehicles can be complicated, especially when it comes to determining liability and recovering damages.
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident in Texas, it’s important to understand what to expect from a rideshare accident lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know:
One of the main challenges in a rideshare accident lawsuit is determining liability. In Texas, rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors, not employees of the rideshare company. This means that determining who is responsible for an accident can be complicated, and may involve multiple parties, including the rideshare company, the driver, and other involved parties.
Rideshare companies are required to provide insurance coverage for their drivers and passengers. However, the amount and type of coverage can vary depending on the circumstances of the accident. For example, if the rideshare driver was not logged into the app at the time of the accident, the company’s insurance coverage may not apply.
Damages and Compensation
If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, recovering damages can be complicated, and may require the assistance of an experienced rideshare accident attorney.
Statute of Limitations
In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. It’s important to act quickly and consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
Working with an Attorney
Navigating a rideshare accident lawsuit can be complicated and overwhelming. Working with an experienced attorney who specializes in rideshare accidents can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Settlement vs. Trial
In some cases, it may be possible to settle a rideshare accident lawsuit without going to trial. Settlements can be a quicker and less expensive option, but it’s important to carefully consider any settlement offers and consult with an attorney before accepting.
If a settlement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial. In a trial, a judge or jury will hear evidence and arguments from both sides and make a decision on the outcome of the case.
To build a strong case, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible. This may include witness statements, police reports, medical records, and any available video footage of the accident. An experienced rideshare accident attorney can help you gather and present this evidence in a compelling way.
In Texas, the doctrine of comparative negligence applies to personal injury cases, including rideshare accidents. This means that if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced proportionally to your degree of fault. It’s important to work with an attorney to ensure that your degree of fault is accurately assessed.
A rideshare accident lawsuit in Texas can be complicated, but with the help of an experienced attorney, you can navigate the process and pursue the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to a legal professional for guidance and support.
Chavez Law Firm is an experienced personal injury law firm that specializes in rideshare accident cases in Texas. Here’s how we can help:
Determine Liability: We have experience navigating the complexities of rideshare accident cases and can help determine liability and identify all potentially responsible parties.
Insurance Coverage: We have a thorough understanding of rideshare insurance policies and can help ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available under the policy.
Damages and Compensation: We have a proven track record of successfully recovering damages for our clients in rideshare accident cases, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering
Statute of Limitations: We understand the importance of acting quickly and can ensure that your lawsuit is filed within the two-year statute of limitations.
Settlement vs. Trial: We will work with you to determine whether a settlement or trial is the best course of action for your case.
Gathering Evidence: We have the resources and experience to gather and present compelling evidence in your case, including witness statements, police reports, medical records, and video footage.
Comparative Negligence: We will work to ensure that your degree of fault is accurately assessed and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
At Chavez Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and fighting for the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident in Texas, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support.