Alford & Clark is at the forefront when it comes to handling ridesharing accidents caused by the negligence of companies like Uber and Lyft and their drivers. We know the new laws and regulations both inside and out. Don't trust your case to a regular car wreck attorney who will treat your case like a run-of-the-mill car accident. Hire a law firm that knows how to get the driver's cellphone records, find the loopholes, and take on the big ridesharing companies.
New Texas law requires ridesharing companies to carry million-dollar insurance policies. The insurance companies behind these policies have a lot to lose. As a result, the insurance adjusters who handle Uber and Lyft claims are some of the most experienced adjusters in the company, and they will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. When you take on an experienced adjuster, you need to make them take you seriously. You need Alford & Clark in your corner. Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches of dealing with your ridesharing accident - both big and small. If you were injured as a passenger, we will help you get the medical care you need and help get you the compensation you deserve. If your car was damaged by an Uber/Lyft driver, we will also help you get your car fixed and help you get a rental car. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation.Our Uber accident attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket and we will never take a percentage of the money you get to repair or replace your car. That's because - unlike some other law firms - our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings from the injury side of your case. Best of all, there is zero risk to you. If we don't win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
What makes an uber wreck different?
Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are the fastest growing method of transportation in Texas. Unfortunately, as with any new trend, this creates confusion in the law. Uber is a perfect example of this confusion. Uber claims its drivers are independent contractors, rather than employees. This legal distinction might make the company more likely to deny your claim without the Alford & Clark Uber accident lawyers in your corner. Most Texas attorneys do not even know what ridesharing is, let alone how to properly litigate a ridesharing case.
I've been hurt in an Uber or Lyft wreck, what do I do?
The car insurance industry is competitive, and the way these companies make a profit is through claim denial and the underpayment of claims. These companies handle thousands of car wrecks every single day, and will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. After a serious accident, in order to protect yourself and your rights, you should:
Immediately contact the police and emergency medical services if you are able
Immediately seek medical attention for your injuries
Immediately contact Alford & Clark for a free consultation – contact Alford & Clark before you talk to the insurance company or sign anything that could waive your rights
File a police report and follow up to make sure it is accurate
Avoid giving any written or recorded statements to the ridesharing company or insurance adjuster
Get the name and insurance information for the ridesharing driver
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
Was the ridesharing driver distracted by their phone?
Since ridesharing is a recent phenomenon, there have not yet been comprehensive studies demonstrating how the rate of accidents for ridesharing drivers compares to that of the general population. However, given that these companies require their drivers to operate an app on their cellphones while driving a vehicle, the connection between ridesharing and distracted driving seems obvious.
Furthermore, one reason ridesharing has taken off so quickly is that nearly anyone can become a company driver. The ridesharing companies may be on the hook for hiring incompetent drivers or for failing to properly train or supervise them.
Alford & Clark is not your average car wreck law firm. You should trust your ridesharing injury case to attorneys who are prepared to fully investigate your claims.
Was the ridesharing driver logged in or "on the clock"?
The key question to answer in any ridesharing case concerns the status of the driver at the time of the accident. Was the driver logged in to the ridesharing app and looking for a ride, giving a customer a ride, or logged out of the app and "off the clock"?
Texas law provides that when the driver is logged on to the ridesharing app and is available to receive ride requests, the driver and the ridesharing company are responsible to provide insurance coverage of at least $50,000 for bodily injury to or death for each person in an incident, $100,000 for bodily injury to or death of a person per incident; and $25,000 for damage to or destruction of property of others in an incident. If the driver is engaged in giving a customer a ride, however, Texas law requires the driver and ridesharing company to provide at least $1 million for death, bodily injury, and property damage for each accident. Alford & Clark has the know-how to dig through the driver's and company's records to make this critical determination in your ridesharing case.
Why do I need Alford & Clark? Can't I just handle my claim myself?
Without Alford & Clark in your corner, it is virtually impossible for you to get the insurance company to pay you the full value of your claim. Without Alford & Clark in your corner, the insurance company will stall, will try to trick you into giving a statement that hurts your case, and will pressure you into settling your claim for pennies on the dollar.
In Texas, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit for a motor vehicle accident. However, there are exceptions in the law that may shorten the time you have to file. Missing that deadline will lock you out of the courthouse forever, and it is likely that you will recover nothing no matter how serious your injuries. Aside from this deadline, the value of your case decreases every day you wait to contact Alford & Clark. Every day gives the insurance company more time to try to diminish the value of your case. Alford & Clark will make sure that you don't miss any important deadlines and will fight to get you the maximum value for your case. Call us today and put Alford & Clark in your corner.
The Texas trial attorneys at Alford & Clark PLLC have their primary office in San Antonio, Texas but are proud to serve the following areas: San Antonio, Sugar Land, Baytown, McKinney, Spring, Pharr, Brownsville, Pearland, College Station, Rowlett, Killeen, Longview, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, DeSoto, Temple, Austin, Victoria, League City, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Round Rock, Lubbock, Pasadena, McAllen, Missouri City, Irving, Tyler, Houston, Odessa, Plano, Harlingen, Allen, Denton, Garland, Lewisville, Bryan, Waco,Edinburg, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Cedar Park, Abilene, Arlington, San Marcos, Mission, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, Atascocita, Frisco, El Paso, Pflugerville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Midland, Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, New Braunfels, San Angelo, Laredo, Mansfield, Euless, and Georgetown. The trial lawyers at Alford & Clark PLLC will also accept cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death outside of these cities.