Uber/Taxi/Car Service Accidents
Austin personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover when car accidents involving Ubers, taxis, or ride sharing services occur.
Throughout Austin, residents rely on taxis and Uber drivers to get them where they need to be. Some use these services after a night out with friends to avoid the potential dangers involved in drinking and driving. Others would rather pay someone else for periodic trips, rather than investing in their own automobile. Whatever your reasons, you depend on the driver to get you to your destination safely. Unfortunately, car accidents and injuries can still occur. Austin personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle is here to help when this happens, providing the legal guidance you need to get the compensation you deserve.
Representing You in Accidents Involving Driver Services
The website WhosDrivingYou.org presents a comprehensive list of car accidents involving ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. However, while these incidents are alarming, it is important to note that the website itself is an initiative of the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA). The group represents various other for-hire passenger drivers, who are not immune to the potential risks that crashes and collisions pose to them and their customers.
Car accidents are generally complex events and can occur due to a multitude of reasons. Road, traffic, and weather conditions are often a factor, but the majority are a direct result of dangerous driving behaviors. While ridesharing and other companies that provide driving services are required to hire employees with clean driving records who have been able to pass a background check, errors and mistakes can still occur. Reckless behaviors on the part of a driver which could put you at risk include:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Tailgating, improper passing, failure to yield, and other aggressive driving behaviors;
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals;
- Driving while distracted, such as using the phone or texting;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications;
- Driving while excessively tired and fatigued.
Seeking Compensation in a Ridesharing Car Accident Claim
Under the Austin Municipal Code, passenger transportation companies are required to maintain a minimum amount of insurance to protect them, drivers, and passengers in the event a car wreck occurs. As ridesharing became increasingly popular several years ago, additional requirements were added to ensure passengers would be covered for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs in the event accidents occurred. Companies and individual drivers are required to maintain bodily injury and property damage policies, so you may be able to hold either party liable through an insurance claim. In the event your claim is denied or the amount offered is not enough to cover your damages, they may also be liable for their reckless or negligent conduct in a personal injury lawsuit.
Reach Out to Austin Personal Injury Lawyer Stephen G. Nagle Today
If you have been injured in a passenger service vehicle accident, Reach out and contact Austin personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle right away. Request a consultation to discuss your case and how he can help you get the compensation you need to recover.