Since Uber was founded in 2009, the company has become the largest rideshare provider in Southern California and across the nation. While ridesharing is both convenient and comfortable, being injured in an Uber accident can be an overwhelming experience. At SoCal Injury Lawyers, we are highly experienced in handling ridesharing accident claims.
We are knowledgeable in the complicated insurance rules governing rideshare services and have a proven history of helping Uber accident victims obtain meaningful compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber accident, you need the aggressive representation we provide. When you become our client, we will offer you knowledge, compassion, and the personal attention you deserve.
Our Uber accident attorneys will handle the details of your claim, including all dealings with the insurance company, and make sure you are treated fairly. We offer free consultations and will not charge any attorneys’ fees until we obtain compensation for you. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can get started on your Uber accident claim.
How Much is My Uber Accident Claim Worth?
Determining the value of an Uber accident claim depends on factors such as the extent of your injuries and the driver’s status at the time of the accident. In any event, you may be able to recover compensation that includes both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover financial losses, such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity and medical expenses. Non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, loss of enjoyment of life and similar intangible losses.
Ultimately, it takes a skilled Uber accident attorney to recover all the damages you deserve. With SoCal Injury Lawyers in your corner, you will have peace of mind knowing that your Uber accident claim will be professionally handled.
What other factors are involved in Uber accidents?
Because Uber drivers use their own vehicles and set their work schedules, Uber has often attempted to deny liability by claiming their drivers are independent contractors. However, changes to California labor law have narrowed the definition of an independent contractor.
In the event of an accident that results in personal injuries, both the rideshare driver and Uber may be held liable; however, insurance coverage depends on the driver’s status at the time of the Uber accident:
- Was the Uber driver logged into the app and being connected to a rider?
- Was the Uber driver on the way to retrieving the passenger?
- Was the Uber driver taking the passenger to his or her destination?
If the Uber driver’s app is off, his or her personal automobile personal insurance is active. The minimum auto insurance requirements in California are as follows:
- $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person injured in an accident
- $30,000 bodily injury coverage per accident
- $5,000 property damage coverage per accident
If your damages exceed these amounts, you may be able to look to Uber’s Uninsured/ underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM) to obtain compensation.
If the rideshare app is on, but the Uber driver has not been connected with a passenger, the driver must have additional insurance in the following amounts:
- $50,000 bodily injury liability coverage per person injured in an accident
- $100,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per accident
- $30,000 of property damage liability coverage per accident
During this period, Uber is required to provide additional liability insurance of $200,000.
If the Uber driver is traveling with a passenger, Uber is required to provide a mandatory minimum of $1 million in automobile insurance. Because Uber and its insurer may attempt to deny any liability, it is crucial to have an experienced Uber accident attorney on your side.
How SoCal Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Uber Accident Claim
If you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber accident, we will work to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in a collision with an Uber driver, you should know that California’s rule of comparative negligence applies. This means that if you contributed to the accident, you can still recover damages, but the amount will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you.
Let’s say your vehicle was struck by a speeding Uber driver while you were making an improper left turn. A court or an insurance claims adjuster may determine that you were 20 percent at fault for the accident. Therefore, if the amount of damages awarded to you was $50,000, your award will be reduced to $40,000. At SoCal Injury Lawyers, we have the skills and experience to prove that the Uber driver was negligent and will make sure you are fairly compensated.
Contact Our Experienced Southern California Uber Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in an Uber accident in Los Angeles or elsewhere in Southern California, the best way to protect your rights is to consult with SoCal Injury Lawyers. We have extensive experience handling Uber accident claims and will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most. We speak both Arabic and Spanish, and are highly regarded for providing skilled and competent representation to underserved communities. Please contact our office today to speak with our dedicated Uber accident lawyers.