When injuries occur while taking an Uber, you have the right to seek compensation from both the company and the driver involved.
Uber provides a valuable service within communities across the country. Quick, convenient, and relatively inexpensive, it allows you to get a ride at any time of the day or night from multiple locations throughout Edinburg, TX and the surrounding areas. However, as with any motor vehicle, there is the potential for car accidents and injuries to happen. Understanding your rights when it comes to taking an Uber and in situations in which injuries do occur can help ensure you are protected and get the compensation you need to recover.
Your Rights as an Uber Passenger
Ride sharing services have surged in popularity in Texas and throughout the country, with Uber at the forefront as a provider. Whether you are seeking transportation to work or school, running errands, or you need a safe, reliable way home after a night out with friends, having the Uber app installed on your phone puts a car and driver at your fingertips anytime.
As a company, Uber prides itself on support and service both for passengers and drivers (Uber refers to drivers as ‘partners’). As a result, they attempt to make clear the rights and responsibilities of both parties. Passengers are required to pay their fare, to treat drivers respectfully, and to not engage in behaviors that could in any way impact traffic safety. In return, they have the following rights:
● To be transported between their pick up place and destination in a safe and timely manner;
● To be treated politely and respectfully by the driver;
● To ride in a vehicle that is clean, comfortable, and equipped with seat belts for all passengers;
● To ride with a driver who is sober and not under the influence of drugs or medications;
● To have a driver who is fully licensed, insured, and knowledgeable of local traffic laws.
When Uber Injuries Occur
Uber has earned acclaim for the ease and convenience of the service it offers, but there are concerns about the potential for accidents and injuries. According to research conducted by Technology Review, overall car accident rates in cities where Uber is available have increased sharply while the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities has risen by more than 1,000 deaths each year.
Uber drivers can display the same types of reckless behaviors as other motorists, such as speeding and disregarding traffic signs or signals. They can also act out in violent ways, leading to serious personal injuries. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation through both the company and the driver involved.
Reach Out to Our Edinburg, TX Uber Accident Attorney
When Uber accidents and injuries happen, it is important to notify police and seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries appear minor. At the Law Office of Raúl Guajardo, P.L.L.C. , we can guide you in seeking compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer as a result. Contact our Edinburg accident attorney and request a consultation today.