Dallas Rideshare Accident Lawyer
Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident in Dallas, TX?
Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the way we travel, making it more convenient and affordable to get around. However, with the increase in rideshare usage, there has also been a rise in rideshare accidents.
If you have been involved in a car accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you may be entitled to compensation. At Potts Law Firm, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Texas Rideshare Driving Laws
Rideshare companies must register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as a TNC and adhere to state regulations.
First and foremost, you must be at least 21 years old to qualify as a rideshare driver in Texas. You also need to possess a valid Texas driver's license, and your vehicle must have Texas license plates.
The vehicle must meet the rideshare company's vehicle requirements, which typically include passing an inspection for safety and cleanliness. Most rideshare platforms have guidelines on the age and condition of vehicles they accept.
Rideshare companies conduct comprehensive background checks on their drivers, including criminal history and driving record checks. Any convictions for certain offenses, such as violent crimes or sexual offenses, can disqualify you from becoming a rideshare driver.
How Insurance Coverage Works in an Uber & Lyft Accident
Texas law requires all rideshare drivers to maintain personal auto insurance that meets the state's minimum liability requirements. However, when you are actively using the rideshare app and transporting passengers, the rideshare company's insurance policy usually covers you.
The following is how compensation works when the driver is not logged into the app, is logged into the app and has not accepted a ride request, or has accepted a ride request or is actively transporting a passenger:
- When the Driver Is Not Logged Into the App: When a rideshare driver is not logged into the Uber or Lyft app, they are essentially considered a private citizen operating their vehicle for personal purposes. During this time, they are subject to the same traffic laws and regulations as any other driver on the road.
When the Driver Is Logged On the App but Hasn't Accepted a Ride: When a rideshare driver logs into the Uber or Lyft app but has not yet
accepted a ride request, they are in a somewhat unique legal and insurance
position. In Texas, rideshare companies are required to provide coverage
during this phase, but the coverage limits can vary. Texas law mandates
that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft must provide the following
insurance coverage during this phase:
- $50,000 per person: Bodily injury liability coverage for injuries to a single person.
- $100,000 per accident: Bodily injury liability coverage for all injuries in a single accident.
- $25,000 per accident: Property damage liability coverage for property damage caused by the driver.
When the Driver Has Accepted a Ride Request or Is Transporting a Passenger: Once a rideshare driver has accepted a ride request or is actively transporting
a passenger to their destination, they are generally covered by the rideshare
company's insurance policy. This coverage typically includes:
- $1 million in liability coverage: This coverage is designed to protect passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers in case of an accident caused by the rideshare driver.
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: This coverage is often included to protect passengers and drivers in case they are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist.
- Contingent collision and comprehensive coverage: This coverage may also be provided, which helps cover damage to the driver's vehicle in the event of an accident, even if the driver's personal insurance denies the claim.
Why Choose Potts Law Firm?
At Potts Law Firm, we understand the devastating impact that a rideshare accident can have on your life. That's why we are dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized legal representation to help you get your life back on track.
Our team of experienced attorneys has a proven track record of success in handling complex personal injury cases, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have.
If you have been injured in a rideshare accident, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact Potts Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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