Houston country singer and songwriter Rich O’Toole was seriously injured in a car crash in Amarillo. The car in which he was riding was an Uber vehicle.
The singer took an Uber to dinner before a performance in Amarillo. The Uber driver got lost and allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of the highway. After stopping, he was hit from behind, causing injuries to O’Toole. O’Toole broke his neck, had emergency surgery, and was almost permanently paralyzed as a result of the accident. The accident prevented him from headlining a show in Houston the following week, as well as from starting his cross-country tour.
After the accident, O’Toole sued Uber for his damages. According to Uber, the driver was an independent contractor, and therefore Uber is not liable for damages. O’Toole claims that the driver was an employee of Uber, because Uber sets the fare prices, sets a dress code and other rules for working, and retains control over customer contact information.
Currently, liability for accidents when a rideshare vehicle (such as Uber or Lyft) is involved is unsettled. There are issues involving who is liable and which insurance policy covers the accident. In many cases, the rideshare company and the injured party end up settling the case.If you have been injured in an accident involving a rideshare vehicle in Texas, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Google Plus to learn more.