Houston Rideshare Accident Attorney
While many people use rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to get from one place to another, there are dangers involved. Accidents can still occur, so when they do happen, who is at fault? As with any car accident, negligence is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, dealing with a rideshare company is different from your typical car accident case. This is because drivers use their own vehicles but do not need commercial auto insurance, as the rideshare company provides it for them. A Houston rideshare accident attorney can handle your case and give you the advice you need to ensure your rights are protected.
How Rideshare Insurance Works
If you are involved in a rideshare accident, you should report the incident to Lyft or Uber as soon as possible. They have an app you can use to do so. Customer service is available 24/7 to guide you through the process. The app also allows you to easily call 911 so you can summon medical help if there are injuries.
If you suffer damages in a crash, you will want to know what is covered. Your coverage will be based on the following:
- App is off. The driver’s personal insurance applies. Uber and Lyft offer no coverage.
- Available/waiting for ride request. Coverages include $25,000 in property damage per accident, $50,000 in bodily injury per person, and $100,000 in bodily injury per accident.
- Picking up riders/during trips. Coverages include $1 million in third-party liability, $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury, and comprehensive and collision coverage up to the actual cash value of the car.
Standards for Rideshare Drivers
Not everyone can become a driver for Uber or Lyft. There are requirements and standards that apply, including the following:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have at least one year of licensed driving experience. Uber requires three years if the driver is under 23 years old.
- Be a certain age. For Lyft, the minimum age for drivers is 21 years of age. Uber drivers must meet the minimum age for the city in which they work, so this can vary.
- Proof of insurance and vehicle registration
- Driver must pass a driving history background check and safety screening
In addition, vehicles used for rideshare purposes need to be inspected, as they must meet certain standards. They must be sedans (four-door vehicles) in good condition and generally under 10 years old, although individual cities may have additional or different requirements.
Contact a Houston Rideshare Accident Attorney Today
Rideshare accidents can be complex. If you have been involved in one, make sure you take the proper steps. Get started by seeking legal help from The West Law Office. File a claim and obtain compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. To schedule a free consultation with a Houston car accident attorney, fill out the online form or call 281-347-3247 today.