If you have been in an automobile accident involving a ridesharing service like Uber, it can be confusing to determine who to seek compensation from. Call a knowledgeable attorney at [law firm name] to get the help you need to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Commuters no longer have to rely on their own transportation, mass transit, or a taxi service to get around town now that Uber has provided another option. Just in the past few years, Uber has changed commuting by making it more convenient, quicker, and easier by simply requesting a ride using your smartphone.
The popularity of rideshare services like Uber has been increasing the number of cars on the road, which also has increased the number of car accidents. So what happens when you get into a car accident that involves an Uber driver? Did you know that Uber drivers are classified as independent contractors even though they are driving for Uber and covered by their insurance? Call [law firm name] to help you determine who is liable in this complex situation.
Types of Accidents Involving Uber
Call an Uber car accident lawyer at [law firm name] if you experienced an accident and you were:
- A passenger during an Uber ride
- Hit by an Uber driver while in another vehicle
- Hit by an Uber driver while walking
If any of the above happened to you, you may be eligible to get compensation for your injury and/or damages.
How to Know Who is Liable
When you are a passenger during an Uber ride, Uber has a commercial $1 million liability coverage policy. Meaning, an Uber driver’s liability is covered from the moment a driver accepts a requested trip until the trip’s conclusion. Because their policy is bigger, insurance companies often put their most experienced insurance adjusters on their case, which could result in you receiving a very low settlement, if any. You don’t have to be intimidated by big insurance companies when you have the knowledgeable and qualified attorneys at [law firm name] by your side to know the true value of your claim.
Also, what happens if it you were in an accident caused by an Uber driver while in another car, or if you were on foot, walking? Here are some things you should consider when determining liability for an accident:
- Was the driver in “online mode” in their Uber app?
- Was a fare in progress and did they have a passenger?
- Were they en route to pick up a passenger?
If any of the above is true, then Uber’s policy should cover any accident injuries. Although, if a driver is in “online mode” but neither has a fare in progress or a passenger, nor en route to a pick up, the driver could be considered driving for personal reasons and be personally liable for any accidents.
Even if the Uber driver has an insurance policy, some have a clause that terminates or denies coverage if a vehicle is used for commercial purposes. As a result, the Uber driver will have no alternative but to file an uninsured driver claim with your insurance policy.
Contact an Auto Accident Attorney
Don’t let big companies like Uber get the better of you after a complex, damaging or injury-causing car accident. Contact an experienced auto accident lawyer Lakeland, FL trusts to ensure that you are receiving the compensation that you need.
Thank you to the Dave & Philpot P.L for providing insight accidents while being an Uber client.