Rideshare Accident Attorneys in Austin, TX

Uber Accident Attorneys & Lyft Accident Lawyers in Austin, TX

Uber Accident Attorneys & Lyft Accident Lawyers in Austin, TX


Sandoval & James has helped numerous clients after they were hurt or injured in a rideshare accident involving a rideshare company, such as Uber or Lyft (also referred to as ride-hailing companies). If you were recently hurt or injured in an accident involving a rideshare company, the attorneys at Sandoval & James can help.

Like auto accidents generally, accidents involving rideshare companies can occur in a number of ways. Whether you were injured while the passenger of an Uber or Lyft, injured while in another vehicle that was hit by an Uber or Lyft, a pedestrian hit by an Uber or Lyft, injured while getting in or out of the Uber or Lyft, or injured in any other manner while using rideshare, it is common to have many questions and concerns.

If so, the experienced team of accident and injury lawyers at Sandoval & James is here to answer your questions and to provide you with the best possible representation while we fight to ensure you are justly compensated for your injuries. If you would like to talk to an attorney about the specifics of your case feel free to give us a call. Or, if you are more comfortable discussing it in person, please feel free to come by our office. We are happy to sit down with you.

Lyft Claims & Uber Accident Claims in Austin, TX

Lyft Claims & Uber Accident Claims in Austin, TX


Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft provide a valuable service here in Austin and around the world. These services not only benefit the people of Austin, TX, they also help support Austin’s tourism industry by providing a convenient and well known way for tourists to travel around Austin.

However, while rideshare companies provide a convenient service, they do little to regulate their drivers or ensure they are safe. In fact, the city of Austin had a very public fight with Uber and Lyft when it introduced regulations that required Uber and Lyft to take certain steps when screening their drivers. Uber and Lyft refused to comply and ceased operations in Austin until the city’s requirements were superseded by a state law.

Despite this very public dispute, it appears that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft will continue operating in Austin for the foreseeable future.

However, they take only limited steps to regulate their drivers. For example, Uber only requires that: its drivers are 21 years of age or older; have 3 years of driving experience; have a clean driving record; have an in-state driver’s license (depending on their state); and that they pass a background check. In fact, Uber’s website promotes the fact that people can “sign up in minutes” to be a driver. For more information on driver requirements,click here.

Of course, these limited restrictions do not ensure or guarantee that Uber or Lyft drivers will operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Also, that does not protect Uber or Lyft passengers from crashes or accidents caused by other drivers on Austin’s roadways.

If you were recently hurt or injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, contact Sandoval & James today. Our experienced team can answer your questions and help ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.

Who Is Responsible for Accidents Involving Uber or Lyft?

Who Is Responsible for Accidents Involving Uber or Lyft?


When accidents involving Uber or Lyft do occur, the same rules and laws apply as with any other motor vehicle accident. In other words, the person(s) that are liable for the crash is the person(s) whose negligent conduct caused or contributed to the wreck.

For example, if an accident was caused by the negligent conduct of both the rideshare driver (Uber or Lyft) and the driver of the other vehicle, then both could be liable for the rideshare passenger’s resulting injuries.

In addition, Texas law treats companies like Uber and Lyft as “common carriers.” Common carriers must exercise a higher level of care when it comes to the safety of their customers. More specifically, Uber and Lyft must show the same level of care as a “very cautious, competent, and prudent person under the same or similar circumstances.”

As a result, Uber and Lyft drivers can also be partially liable for a passenger’s injuries if they were not driving very carefully. Also, if Uber or Lyft failed to properly investigate a driver, the companies themselves may be directly responsible for any injuries resulting from the crash.

When a crash does occur, the at-fault driver’s policy will be primarily responsible for any injuries. However, both Uber and Lyft carry additional insurance that may also cover the crash. If and when these policies apply depends on the facts and circumstances of the crash. When searching for the best Austin rideshare accident lawyer, you will want someone who can navigate the complexities of these cases to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you were injured as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft, or if you were hurt after being hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, and have questions about whether Uber or Lyft’s insurance coverages are responsible for your injuries, call or come by our office today. Sandoval & James has experienced injury attorneys that are available for a completely free consultation.

Car accidents that involve a rideshare driver can be complex to navigate. Whether you are the passenger in a rideshare vehicle, its driver, or in the other vehicle, the fault and responsibility for the accident are on the driver who caused the crash. Sometimes that is just one of the drivers; sometimes it is a combination of both drivers.

When the rideshare driver shares some, or all, of the responsibility, it is important to understand how that can affect your ability to seek compensation for your injuries. While it can be a little more complicated to navigate the various insurance policies, the experienced Lyft and Uber accident lawyers near you at Sandoval & James can help. Please contact us if you have questions regarding an accident involving a rideshare vehicle. Consultations are completely free.

Contact a Rideshare Accident Lawyer Near You


If you’ve sustained injuries after being involved in a rideshare accident with popular apps like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, or Hitch, you could be entitled to significant compensation. Get answers to your questions and learn more about the Uber accident claims and Lyft claims process.

Time is of the essence, don’t wait. Contact the Austin rideshare accident attorneys at Sandoval & James at (512) 382-7707 or email us to book a 100% no-obligation, no-cost consultation with one of our experienced Uber lawyers or Lyft accident attorneys.

We understand that you may have questions about whether you need an attorney after a rideshare accident, and we’re here to provide all the answers and help you understand your options. We are dedicated to helping rideshare accident victims recover, get back on their feet, and return to their normal lives before a negligent driver caused their hardships.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Austin rideshare accident lawyer or Austin Lyft crash lawyer, call us today at (512) 382-7707 or contact us online.

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