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Ridesharing: Who is Responsible for an Uber or Lyft Accident in Houston

22 Oct 2019, by Madiha Hanif in Auto Accidents, Hiring A Lawyer, Rideshare Accidents

With the popularity of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft increasing the last few years, it’s no wonder that more and more people are opting to use these services to avoid driving through heavy traffic events and to not drive under the influence. But have you wondered what happens if you are in one of these ride-shares and are involved in an accident and get hurt?

What is a RideShare Service?
Rideshare services are similar to taxis being that the point is to get a person from point A to point B. The most popular of these ridesharing services are Uber and Lyft.  They are different from taxis in that you can request the drivers to pick you up through an app on your phone. Also, Uber and Lyft drivers do not work for the company and instead operate on their own. That is why Uber and Lyft usually do not claim responsibility in the case of an accident. 

Who is Responsible?
Because Uber and Lyft consider itself an app service and not a transportation service, they require their drivers to have their own, valid insurance coverage. But just like any accident, if you are involved in an wreck in a rideshare, you must prove that the person driving was negligent and responsible for the accident. As a passenger if you are involved in an accident you should be covered under the driver’s personal coverage. If for some reason the insurance company denies compensation for your injuries, you could be responsible to pay out of pocket. But there are certain scenarios where the rideshare companies could be held financially responsible. This is why it is important to hire a lawyer if you are involved in a rideshare accident. 

Have you been involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft in Houston? Do you need help in figuring out how much compensation you are entitled to? Contact Talabi & Associates, P.C. today at 713-266-0529 and we can review your case.

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