Uber Accidents in California
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Have you been injured in a car accident involving a rideshare service such as Uber, UberX, Lyft or Sidecar? Auto accidents involving a rideshare service can be complex. The challenge of proving liability may be much more difficult than you expected, even with the evidence stacked in your favor.
If you have been involved in an accident with an Uber driver, whether as a passenger or as another driver, you should consult with an accident attorney right away. The Santa Monica car accident lawyers at McGee, Lerer & Associates know how to navigate the complexities of these types of cases and will advocate aggressively for the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver, whether that's an Uber driver or a driver who struck an Uber vehicle.
Who is liable in my accident with an Uber driver?
When an accident occurs, one of the most important first steps is figuring out who was responsible and proving liability.
If you were injured while a passenger in an Uber vehicle, you can make a claim against the Uber driver or the other vehicle, or both, depending on who was at fault.
Uber drivers carry $1 million in liability coverage if the accident happens while they are on a trip. If you were hit by an Uber driver who was signed on to the Uber app but not on a trip, the Uber driver has only $50,000 per person in liability coverage, and a total of $100,000 for all injury claimants.
If an Uber, Lyft or Sidecar driver was at fault, the difficulty will be in getting their insurance company on the phone. Ridesharing services communicate through email. They make it next to impossible to speak to a live person. They are also reluctant to extend coverage for an accident involving one of their drivers. Instead, they want the Uber's driver's personal insurance carrier to cover the claim. What does this mean for your situation? If your injuries are serious, you should retain an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to go up against Uber, Lyft and Saidecar, and who knows how to prove liability and hold the at-fault driver finanancially responsible for all of your losses.
Uber Driver Downtime Claim
If you are an Uber driver who is now without a car because a negligent driver slammed into you, you are losing income while your car is in the shop, or while you are waiting for your total loss check. Your loss of income from not being able to pick up passengers is called "downtime." You are entitled to make a ridesharing downtime claim against the driver who caused the crash.
We can hold Uber and a reckless driver accountable by showing that:
- Their drivers have no required training and little safety standards
- There is no mandatory vehicle inspections or maintenance
- Their GPS system is inherently dangerous and arguably violates the law because it distracts its drivers
Depending on your situation, we may be able to use these flaws in Uber's "cheapest ride in town" system to prove their negligence and liability in your accident.
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Medical bills, therapy costs, surgery expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering can all add up after an accident. If you believe Uber and their driver may be liable for these damages, you need to contact our legal team right away. We are here to fight for the justice you deserve.
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