Over the past few years, more and more people in Texas have become comfortable with the idea of hopping into a stranger’s car in order to receive better service at a lower price than traditional taxi cabs. However, rideshare services also come with the risk of getting yourself into a complicated legal case if you are unfortunately ever involved in an accident.
Can a passenger sue the rideshare service company?
After being injured in a rideshare accident, your next concern probably involves seeking compensation, but can you really sue the rideshare service company? This might sound like a no-brainer, as rideshare companies are large corporations. Unfortunately, suing a ridesharing company is almost impossible to do. This is because the drivers for those companies are not classified as employees, but rather independent contractors, which protects the company from being liable in an accident. Fortunately, ridesharing companies due have a number of insurance policies placed on their vehicles that may be able to help you cover any medical costs.
Injured as a driver
If you have been injured in an accident where you were not at fault, one course of action is to sue the other driver. If you do not have clear video evidence of the accident, it can be quite difficult to prove fault in court. However, the courts will attempt to figure out if the other driver owed you a duty of care. If they are found to have been negligent, you may end up receiving compensation from their insurance company.
Although you can certainly file a lawsuit on your own, it is not recommended. Heavy workload that includes complicated legal documents should be handled by an experienced attorney. Bringing in an attorney may protect you from making legal mistakes or being offered a low amount for your injuries.