This is the first post in a series of articles discussing lawsuits against Uber drivers in Fort Worth, Texas. Whether traveling on vacation or getting a local ride, there are many benefits to engaging the services of Uber for transportation needs. With more Uber and rideshare drivers on the road, the risk of accidents involving an Uber driver has also increased. A person injured while in an Uber, or by an Uber driver, may not know how to proceed. The goal of this series is to provide general information about pursuing legal claims in such cases. If you have been injured or otherwise harmed by an Uber driver, we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible after the incident to preserve your legal rights.
We will address the following key topics in this series:
- Texas law governing accidents involving Uber drivers
- Establishing liability of the Uber driver
- Dealing with an insurance company after an Uber related incident
- What to expect at trial in an Uber accident case
- Uber’s liability for sexual assault by its drivers
We have previously written a series about handling car accident cases in Fort Worth, Texas. Litigating claims when caused by an Uber driver will have many similarities, but may also create some unique challenges. This series will explain how the following may impact your case. First, if you have been injured, it is important to have a basic understanding of Texas’ laws related to automobile accidents before the legal process begins. Second, an essential element of your case will be to establish the liability of the Uber driver and potentially against Uber itself. An experienced law firm can investigate the accident, employ experts, and engage in discovery on your behalf to identify the responsible party. Third, insurance companies will undoubtedly play a role in settlement negotiations after the incident. Depending upon the facts of the case, multiple adjusters may be involved. An attorney can act as your representative and deal directly with the insurance companies. Fourth, if the case proceeds to trial, it will be important to understand what to expect during that process. Finally, there have been reports of sexual assaults committed by Uber drivers. We will review how to proceed if you have been the victim of an attack.
When a catastrophic accident occurs, engaging in a legal battle can seem overwhelming, particularly if a large corporation like Uber is involved. For these reasons, we recommend engaging experienced counsel immediately after the accident to assist you. When selecting a law firm to represent you, we suggest locating a firm with multiple attorneys who are board certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We also recommend law firms who employ on-site investigators and have the financial resources available to thoroughly manage your case, whether during settlement negotiations or at trial. These recommendations apply regardless of whether the incident took place in Fort Worth, Dallas, or another Texas area.