After you’ve been hurt in an Uber accident, you need to know if you should seek compensation from the driver, Uber, or someone else. Get the answers you need by working with a Uber car accident lawyer.
For many people, ridesharing is an affordable, safe way to get around. People choose to rideshare with an Uber driver for many reasons: They may not have a vehicle of their own, seek an affordable transportation method while exploring a new city, or wish to avoid driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.
But things can get tricky when an Uber driver is involved in an accident. What happens if you’re a passenger in an Uber car that hits another car? What if you’re driving the other car? What if an Uber driver hits you when you’re trying to cross the street?
Car accidents involving Uber drivers are not the same as those involving drivers of regular passenger vehicles. A Uber car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help you navigate the laws governing Uber accidents and work to get you the settlement you deserve.
Filing a Claim for an Uber Accident
Uber drivers are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their passengers, and Uber provides the drivers with hefty insurance policies to cover possible damages in the event of an accident. The most comprehensive of these policies covers up to $1 million per accident.
Because ridesharing is a relatively new economic practice, it can be difficult to gauge whether an Uber driver was responsible for an accident as a representative of the company or as a non-contracted, average driver. A Uber accident lawyer from our firm will have experience navigating this gray area and can help get you the full amount you’re owed after an accident.
Who’s Financially Liable: Uber or the Driver?
Which Uber insurance policy applies to your crash will depend on whether the Uber app was in use at the time and whether the driver had a ride in progress. If the Uber driver either had a paying fare or was on the way to pick one up, then Uber’s most comprehensive policy with the highest limits will apply.
However, if the driver was using the app but hadn’t yet accepted a new ride request, than a lesser contingent policy should apply. This policy might first require you to file a claim with the driver’s private insurance.
If the driver was not using the app, then he or she was effectively “off duty,” and Uber will claim no liability for the wreck. You’ll need to file a claim with the driver’s personal insurance, file an uninsured driver claim with your own insurance if the driver doesn’t have any, or sue the driver for damages directly.
Determining Your Crash Claim’s Value
A car accident can leave you emotionally traumatized, physically compromised, and with a mountain of medical bills. Any car accident can pose an incredibly difficult recovery. On top of the stress posed by the accident itself, navigating the legal system to get a fair claim can feel like an impossible hurdle.
An Uber accident lawyer from our office will take into account all hardships imposed by your accident when determining your claim’s value. These may include any of the following financial expenses and non-economic damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages and income opportunity
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Contact a Rideshare Car Crash Attorney
If you’ve been involved in an accident with an Uber driver, an Uber car accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help. Arrange your initial free consultation today by calling 561-659-6366 or by using the online contact form on this page.