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Uber and other rideshare services have made commuting more convenient than ever. It’s no longer necessary to drive yourself or take public transportation to get from place to place. Uber passengers can simply request rides with a few taps on their phone screens and sit back while other drivers chauffeur them around. 

Unfortunately, the convenience of Uber comes at a cost. It’s important to remember that most Uber workers are not professional drivers. In general, Uber drivers are average people looking to earn some extra money with a casual side hustle. When you hop in the back seat of an Uber, you have no way of knowing whether the person who has your life in their hands is a careful driver with a safe record. 

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that many car crashes in the U.S. and right here in Texas involve Uber drivers. From 2017 to 2018 alone, Uber reported nearly 100 fatal Uber-related crashes resulting in 107 fatalities. If you were injured in a Texas Uber accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced Uber accident lawyers at Mokaram Law Firm to learn more in a free consultation.

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Common Causes of Uber Accidents

There are many different contributing factors that can lead to Uber accidents in Texas, but the majority of Uber accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Some common causes of Texas Uber accidents include:

Distracted Driving

Uber drivers use their phones, the Uber app, and GPS devices to find passengers and collect fares. If they interact with these technologies behind the wheel of a moving car, though, they can become distracted and cause dangerous wrecks.

Speeding and reckless driving

Uber drivers are only paid for the number of rideshares they complete in a day, so they have an incentive to pick up as many passengers as quickly as they can. Accidents can occur if they drive too quickly or practice reckless driving maneuvers to save time.

Driving under the influence

If Uber drivers are drunk behind the wheel, they may not have the reflexes, reaction time, or ability to recognize and avoid imminent traffic collisions. Similarly, drivers who are high on drugs may cause accidents when they behave sluggishly, erratically, or even aggressively.

Driver Fatigue

Some Uber drivers spend long, monotonous hours on the road and become fatigued as a result. If drivers push themselves to the point of exhaustion without taking appropriate rest breaks, they can sometimes make dangerous and potentially fatal errors behind the wheel.

Inadequate vehicle maintenance

When drivers use their personal cars to offer Uber rides, the vehicles undergo much more wear and tear than they normally would. If Uber drivers fail to properly maintain their vehicles, malfunctioning car components may contribute to accidents.

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Who is Liable for an Uber Accident?

In the state of Texas, you must prove that someone else was liable for causing your accident in order to hold them financially accountable for damages and recover compensation. Anyone who contributed to your Uber accident or resulting injuries can be held liable, including:

The Uber driver

If an Uber driver was negligent or reckless, they can be held responsible for an accident whether or not they were offering rideshare services at the time. You can also hold an Uber driver accountable for negligence whether or not you were a passenger in their car when the accident occurred.

Another vehicle driver

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A pedestrian

If an Uber passenger or other pedestrian is negligent and steps into the road, they can sometimes force Uber drivers to veer sharply to avoid colliding with them. This knee-jerk reaction can sometimes cause drivers to swerve and strike other nearby vehicles or pedestrians.

How Does Uber Insurance Coverage Work?

If you were injured in an Uber accident and decide to file a claim for compensation, you should be familiar with the basics of Uber insurance coverage. There are different types and levels of insurance coverage available depending on the status of an Uber driver at the time of an accident:

If an Uber driver is off-duty

When Uber drivers are in the cars they use for ridesharing but are “off the clock” and not actively offering rides, they are covered only by their personal car insurance policies. Most drivers in Texas carry only the minimum insurance coverage required by law, which means the most that would likely be available is $30,000 per person and $60,000 total in injury liability coverage, as well as $25,000 in property damage coverage.

If an Uber driver is waiting for a rideshare request

When Uber drivers are “on the clock” but haven’t accepted any passenger requests, they mainly rely on their personal auto insurance to cover any accident-related damage or injury. However, since they are still operating on Uber’s behalf to an extent in between rideshares, Uber kicks in an additional $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident in injury liability coverage and another $25,000 for property damage.

If an Uber driver has accepted a rideshare request

When Uber drivers have accepted a fare or are actively transporting rideshare passengers, they are protected by Uber’s full auto insurance policy. Uber’s full insurance coverage provides up to $1,000,000 in injury liability coverage and another $1,000,000 in property damage coverage.

Compensation for Uber Accident Injuries

If you were injured in a Texas Uber accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your accident-related losses. This could include money that covers:

Your past and future medical expenses

Any costs related to the medical treatment of your accident-related injuries, including costs of surgery, medication, and rehabilitation. You could also receive compensation for incidental expenses such as costs of travel to and from doctor’s appointments.

Your lost wages and earning potential

If you were injured so badly that you are unable to return to work, you could be entitled to compensation for lost income from missed time at work. You could also receive money to cover any losses in potential future earnings if you are disabled long-term.

Your property repair or replacement costs

If your vehicle or other personal property was damaged as a result of an Uber accident, you could recover compensation for the repair or replacement costs you incur.

Your pain, suffering, and emotional distress

It may be possible to recover compensation for the subjective pain, suffering, and emotional distress you experience as a result of your accident or accident-related injuries. This can include physical discomfort as well as psychological trauma such as PTSD.

Your loss of enjoyment of life

If your Uber accident injuries are so severe that they prevent you from doing your normal daily activities or enjoying the quality of life you once knew, you could be entitled to compensation for losses in your overall enjoyment of life.

Compensation for Uber Accident Injuries

If you were involved in an Uber accident in Texas, consider taking the following steps to protect your rights and your ability to recover compensation for your losses:

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If you need an Uber accident attorney, look no further than the Mokaram Law Firm. With more than 20 years of trusted experience, our team has the resources and the know-how to handle even the most complicated claims. Our effective advocacy has won millions of dollars in compensation for deserving clients in Texas and across the United States.

We can fight for the compensation you deserve by identifying strong supporting evidence and negotiating aggressively with insurance providers. Find out more about how our firm can help you when you contact us for a free, confidential case review.

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