People rarely expect to get into accidents in a ride-sharing vehicle. When
Los Angeles residents call an Uber to get to or from a party on the weekend,
they’re doing so in part to relax. Having someone else navigate
the traffic of Los Angeles highways takes a load of pressure off of the
traveler. However, they also rarely expect to get into an accident.
Car accidents can be jarring and stressful but can be even more so if someone else is driving.
Uber accidents have become a commonality over the past few years due to
the rushed nature of the Uber driver and the unfamiliarity of new roads
and routes. The Uber driver has a duty of care to drive as cautiously
as reasonable and take caution to protect those in their vehicle. When
they maneuver in an unsafe manner, it can prove destructive to all involved.
If you’ve been involved in an Uber accident, don’t hesitate
to call BD&J, PC. Our firm is dedicated to helping the victims of
personal injury seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages,
and property damage. If your accident was caused by negligence, you shouldn’t
have to pay for the repercussions. Our team's Uber accident lawyer can
help you navigate your claim and pursue a positive case outcome.
Get your case started by calling us at (855) 906-3699 or
filling out our online form today!
Who Is Liable in an Uber Accident?
Those who have been following Uber’s trajectory in the news know
how Uber treats its staff and passengers. It is a billion-dollar business,
meaning they stand to lose millions in personal injury claims if they
don’t dispute accident claims. While Uber has taken out a $1 billion
auto insurance policy to cover property damage and medical bills in the
event of an accident, their insurance company may still try to deny you coverage.
The company will do this by seeking to exploit any loophole it can. For
example, in one case, an Uber driver struck and killed a 6-year-old girl,
Sofia Liu. Uber famously denied liability on the grounds that neither
the vehicle nor the driver was making a trip using the Uber system. According
to the company, Uber drivers without Uber fares are not Uber cars; however,
in the suit following the Sofia Liu’s death, the attorney representing
the family argued the company can’t detach itself from its own users
whenever the drivers become inconvenient.
If you are involved in an Uber accident, you cannot depend on the company
to grant you the full cost of your compensation, particularly if your
medical bills are expensive. Catastrophic injuries, such as quadriplegia, can cost
personal injury victims into the millions over the course of a lifetime.
What Should I Do If I Was Hit By an Uber Driver?
After an accident caused by an Uber driver, it is essential that the claimant
take the proper steps to prove that they were the victim and the Uber
driver negligent. Here are some essential steps to take:
- Call 911 Immediately. Reporting the accident is important for ensuring
that there is a record of the incident.
- If you’ve been hurt, seek medical attention immediately.
- Gather information of all parties involved. Make sure that you gather information
from the Uber driver, such as their driver’s license number, license
plate, and insurance information.
- Collect contact information from any witnesses so you can have the insurance
company contact them for a third-party perspective.
- Take pictures of the accident, including the scene, the vehicles involved,
and any injuries suffered.
- Contact an experienced and qualified Uber accident lawyer at once to help
you through your case. It is advisable that you do not talk with anyone
until speaking with your lawyer.
Pursuing the Compensation You Deserve
If you are having trouble getting compensation after an Uber accident,
don’t hesitate to call our experienced Los Angeles Uber accident
attorneys. Our firm was founded on the idea that victims of personal injury
have a right to the settlements and verdicts they rightly deserve. Our
Uber lawyers are proud to offer their hard work and dedication to help
our clients achieve their goals. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (855) 906-3699 or fill out our online form to schedule your FREE
initial consultation today.