I Was Hurt In An Uber Accident: What Do I Do Now?
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
Many consumers opt to use Uber because it’s cheap and convenient and trips are typically safe and enjoyable. But mishaps can happen anytime. What if your driver hits the curb on the side of the street and you get injured during the accident?
Here’s what you should do as a passenger who has been hurt in an Uber car accident.
Seek Medical Assistance
Being involved in a car accident is a horrifying experience, but it is important that you stay calm. Wait for the police and ask someone to call an ambulance. Even if you have not suffered any major injuries in the accident, it is important that you visit an emergency room to rule out any internal or delayed-onset injuries. You should consider seeking legal compensation for the injuries you have suffered, so it is important that you ask your healthcare provider to provide you complete medical documentation of your injuries.
Collecting evidence is essential to seeking compensation for the injuries and emotional stress you have suffered as a result of the accident. Therefore, if possible, capture photos and videos of the crash scene. In addition, you may also consider talking to the driver and bystanders who witnesses the accident and get their contact information.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
Proving that someone acted negligently is critical to a successful lawsuit. Even if the Uber driver was to blame for the accident, if they only have a personal car insurance policy, it may be difficult to recover compensation because personal insurance does not come into play if the driver is taking part in commercial activities such as ferrying passengers with Uber.
Uber has a $1 million insurance policy for its drivers, passengers, and third-parties that may get injured in an accident involving an Uber vehicle thanks to the California Vehicle Code Section 5430. However, it is not uncommon for Uber to deny insurance claims. Therefore, to bring a lawsuit against Uber and receive compensation for your pain and suffering, it is important that you work with an experienced car accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can guide you through the entire process and help you get the compensation you deserve.
In the event that the Uber driver carelessly caused an accident while they were between transporting passengers but were available to do so, Uber is not required to offer as much money and will likely try to downplay the accident. The driver may follow suit since their own personal insurance will be involved.
The two situations faced by passengers who were involved in an Uber accident and suffered injuries include:
- The Uber Driver Caused the Accident – According to the law, ride-sharing companies like Uber must carry $1 million in insurance for personal injury and property damage caused by their drivers. Therefore, if you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of an Uber driver, you can bring a lawsuit against the company. But it’s important to understand that the insurance applies from the moment an Uber driver accepts your request to book a ride until the ride is marked completed by the driver.
- The Uber Driver Was Not At Fault – In such a situation, you can bring a claim against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident. You will be able to get compensation only if the driver who was at fault has an auto insurance policy.
What can I recover in a car accident suit?
- Damages for which you can be compensated include the following:
- Past and future pain and suffering, including any physical impairment
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
After your accident, don’t be surprised if an insurance agent working on behalf of Uber reaches out to you for a statement or to work towards a settlement. You should refrain from saying anything to them other than you will wait until you speak with an attorney. You are not obligated to say anything to them. Working with the insurance agent to reach a settlement typically results in recovering much less than you would by having a skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney with you. These agents work to reduce the amount of money the insurance company pays out, which means you need an attorney who will push back to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries.
Uber also explains how their liability works in depth here.
At the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, we understand that it can be difficult for an individual to bring a lawsuit against a corporate firm and represent and protect their interests. Therefore, we offer specialized legal assistance to individuals who have suffered injuries during an Uber ride and have been denied compensation by the ride-sharing company. We will use our substantial legal expertise and knowledge of the law to help you get compensation for the emotional stress and physical injuries you experienced due to the accident.
To learn more or to discuss your case with our lawyers, please call us at (888) 952-2952.