Accidents that involve Uber drivers aren’t like other crashes, as getting financially compensated can be far more confusing and frustrating. Work with a Sacramento Uber car accident lawyer to get the answers you need.
Suffering an injury in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, especially when you were a passenger in an Uber at the time of the crash. The entire situation can be overwhelming and frustrating. Your injuries may have left you with piles of medical bills and lost time at work can leave you in a lot of debt. You are entitled to recover damages to help you with losses related to your injuries.
Determining what to do next can be confusing. Is the driver of the Uber car at fault or does Uber itself share part of the responsibility? Because the driver owns the vehicle and is not an employee of Uber, the legal issues that arise can be complicated. Consulting with a Sacramento Uber car accident lawyer from Crowell Law Offices will help you understand the legal avenues you can take to get compensated for your injuries.
California was the first state to make rideshare services legal in 2013. Uber and other rideshare businesses fall into a category known as transportation network companies. Accidents involving Uber cars can be a complicated process because—unlike taxis, which are heavily regulated—rideshare services don’t have the same strict rules and regulations.
The driver of the Uber is an independent contractor who owns the vehicle that transports passengers. You can pursue compensation from the driver and the company if the Uber driver was at fault for the accident. Recovering the best possible payout for you is our goal.
Getting an insurance settlement is not easy when the crash involved an Uber. Uber and other transportation network companies do not have the same employment relationship with their drivers as traditional taxi companies. Because Uber drivers are independent contractors, their own insurance company will not provide coverage for “commercial” accidents, such as when the Uber driver has a paying fare in the car.
When an Uber driver is negligent for causing a crash, the company will do their best to distance themselves from claiming any responsibility in order to avoid paying a settlement. However, as long as the driver has the Uber app on, Uber’s insurance is activated.
If the Uber driver has either accepted a ride request or has a paying passenger in the car, then Uber’s full policy will apply. If the Uber app is merely on but no ride has been accepted, then Uber’s less-generous contingent policy will apply. In this situation, you might have to seek compensation from the driver’s private insurer first.
Motor vehicle accidents are usually caused by negligence, and Uber accidents are no different. Whether you suffered broken bones or a serious head injury, you have high medical costs and lost wages to recoup. The trauma may also have left you in emotional turmoil. Seeking compensation will help you get the justice you deserve.
Common losses you can file a personal injury claim for include all of the following:
Crowell Law Offices understands that your injuries have left you in a difficult situation. A lawyer from our firm will be committed to helping you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, call 916-303-2800 or contact us online today to meet with an experienced Uber accident lawyer.