Today people prefer to use Uber for their transportation needs rather than scheduling a cab in advance or flagging one down waiting on the road. One can just open the Uber app and get connected to a driver, who will pick you up and drop you to your desired location. How much ever convenient these rides are, unfortunately there are instances of Uber accidents almost every day. Both the people riding on these cabs or pedestrians on the road can be victims of Uber accidents.
We at Khashan Law are experienced Uber accident lawyers and have worked on numerous cases and help claim compensation for medical expenses and property damage for the Uber accident victims.
Common injuries in Uber accidents:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Concussions, head or brain injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Disability – permanent or Temporary
The state of California has passed a number of laws for protecting and helping the ridesharing drivers and people involved in the accident like pedestrians, cyclists, or the passengers of the same car or another vehicle. If you have been involved in Uber accidents in California, depending on the situation and circumstances you will need to determine whether you can file a personal injury claim or compensation. If you have been injured because of the negligence of a third party you are entitled to be compensated for the medical expenses, injuries, pain and suffering.
Insurance Coverage for Uber Drivers
An Uber driver is required to meet a few basic criteria before getting hired. The individual should be at least 21 years old and having a valid driver’s license. The driver is required to pass a standard background check and should use their own registered vehicle.
Even though the personal vehicles are used by Uber drivers to ply passengers, a private insurance policy may cover the accidents occurred while on the job. However under certain circumstances, the drivers may also fall under the Uber’s own liability insurance coverage. An Uber driver is covered for up to $1 million in insurance coverage in the event of a car accident. However, this is applicable only if the accident occurred when the driver was transporting a passenger, or was on the way to pick up a passenger. The driver may be eligible for limited liability insurance coverage depending on the details and circumstances of the accident.
Types of Uber Accidents
- Another car is hit by the Uber driver causing an accident
- An Uber car hits your car resulting in an accident
If you have been injured because of the negligence of a third party you are entitled to be compensated for the medical costs, injuries, pain and suffering.
California Liability for Ridesharing Services
The law requires the Uber and Lyft drivers to use their own personal vehicles to give rides to the customers. The drivers of Uber are not Uber employees, they are treated as independent contractors. Therefore to calculate the liability of the rideshare company (Uber) for the accident or the driver’s action has been always under dispute.
It is important to know that California follows a traditional fault or tort liability system for accidents involving a motor vehicle. Which means that in case of an accident, the at-fault parties would be responsible for paying the damages. Because of the tort liability system all drivers are supposed to subscribe to liability insurance coverage. All Uber drivers are required to have adequate insurance coverage to pay the not-at-fault party.
Therefore Uber drivers would be responsible to have adequate insurance to pay the not-at-fault party.
Compensation for Uber accidents:
- Pedestrian hit by an Uber: If you were a pedestrian and were involved in an accident with an Uber and you were not at fault for the accident, then you can file for compensation under the company’s (Uber) liability coverage. In case of settlement issues, you could also file a lawsuit.
- Driver of another car hit by an Uber: If you were driving another car and were hit by an Uber and you were not at fault, you can file a claim with the vehicle’s insurance policy However if you were at fault, then you will need to look up to your own insurance coverage. In case of fault on both the parties, then both the drivers will need to share the liability for the accident and split the costs of damages.
- A passenger in Uber Vehicle: If you were the passenger in the Uber which meets with an accident, then you will be required to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance. In case a fair settlement is not received, you can file a lawsuit and claim compensation for your injuries both mental and physical.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an Uber accident, our team of Uber accident attorneys at Khashan law can help in recovering all or most of the financial and other losses. While we understand that no amount of money is enough to completely compensate for the pain and suffering which arises because of a car accident, suitable compensation can surely help in making the recovery process less stressful and helps in getting recuperated faster with better medical attention.
Our skilled team has decades of experience as expert legal counsel and litigators. We have won and earned outstanding court awards and settlements for our clients. If you have been a victim of Uber accident, call us at (951) 461-2387 for a free, confidential consultation. Our entire legal team will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve to cover your present and future damages.
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