This is the final post in a series of articles discussing lawsuits against Uber and its drivers in Fort Worth, Texas. The previous post discussed how a victim of a criminal act committed by an Uber driver may pursue a legal claim against the company itself. If you have been assaulted by an Uber driver, contact the police immediately. As soon as possible, we recommend retaining counsel to investigate your case and preserve your legal rights. The objective of this series has been to provide general information about pursuing legal claims against Uber drivers and possibly against Uber itself. 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 represent your interests.
This series focused on the following key topics:
- 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 or physical assault by its drivers
Accidents involving Uber drivers can create unique issues for victim’s pursuing their legal rights to recover damages. It is important to understand how the involvement of Uber may impact your case. First, it is important to have a basic understanding of Texas’ laws related to automobile accidents if you have been injured in an accident. Second, a victim’s attorney must establish the liability of the Uber driver and potentially against Uber itself. Once retained, your lawyer will investigate the accident, consult with experts, and engage in discovery to identify the responsible parties. Third, depending upon the facts of the case, a victim may have claims against the driver’s personal policy or Uber’s commercial insurance policy. An attorney can act as your representative and deal directly with the insurance companies. Fourth, if a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial. Victims should have a basic understanding of what to expect during the trial process. Finally, reports of criminal assaults on passengers have increased with the use of rideshare services. If you have been the victim of an attack by a driver, it is important to review your situation with an experienced attorney.
When a person sustains serious injuries in an auto accident, the legal process can seem daunting. Accidents involving Uber or other rideshare companies can be even more complicated. 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.